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Mary Beth
B.A., Ph.D.

413C Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub
State College, PA 16801
(814) 863-2468
Ph.D., Human Experimental Psychology University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1982
B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1977

Dr. Mary Beth Rosson is the director of graduate programs and professor of information sciences and technology at The Pennsylvania State University. Rosson also co-directs the Collaboration and Innovation Lab.  Prior to joining Penn State in 2003, she was professor of computer science at Virginia Tech for 10 years, and research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 11 years. Rosson received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Texas – Austin in 1982. She is internationally known for research and education in human-computer interaction; participatory and scenario-based evaluation and design; computer-supported collaborative learning; and end-user development. In recognition of her research accomplishments, Dr. Rosson was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery; she is a member of the SIGCHI Academy.

Research Interests
  • Scenario-based design
  • Privacy heuristics
  • Learning analytics
  • Literacy in computational thinking
  • Developmental communities
Research Keywords
Human-Centered Design
Technology-Mediated Education
Online Communities
Computational Thinking