Dr. Catherine Spann
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Catherine Spann, Ph.D. | Research Scientist | Social and Affective Computing
Catherine is the Research Scientist: Social and Affective Computing in LINK Research Lab. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UTA in 2016. Catherine’s research focuses on the role of contemplative practices in mental and physical health and general well-being, exploring the psycho-physiological assessment of the impact of such practices. She has led numerous research studies in controlled lab settings, museums, and classrooms with both children and adults on the topic of mindfulness and self-regulation. Her research engages in wearable and mobile technologies in order to increase understanding of the physiological and psychological factors that lead to wellness and successful learning.
Dr. Andy Berning
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Andy Berning, Ph.D. | Research Scientist | K-12 Learning Analytics
Andy is a research scientist with a focus on K-12 learning analytics and MOOC development. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education.  He is an Air Force veteran, a former chemistry teacher and has spent the past 20 years integrating technology into K12 schools as a Chief Technology and Information Officer. His interest is leveraging emerging technology to impact teaching and learning, and to level the playing field for all learners.