Dr. Heather Burte Heather Burte, Ph.D.
Heather’s current research focuses on educational interventions and assessments, STEM education, spatial cognition, and individual differences. Before coming to UTA, she worked at as a post-doctoral scholar at Tufts University. Heather holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. Throughout her academic career, Heather’s research has focused on how individuals differ in their spatial thinking. She has approached this topic from a variety of perspectives and within a variety of domains: Within cognitive psychology / geography, she has investigated planning and following route directions, learning new environments, and comparing facing directions. Within cognitive / education psychology, she has researched how spatial training impacts math and physics learning.

Affiliated Researchers

Angela Liegey Dougall Angela Liegey Dougall, Ph.D. | Psychology
Angela Liegey Dougall, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh in Health Psychology and completed post-doctoral work as a biostatistician and research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the University of Pittsburgh. As a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington, her lines of programmatic research focus on identifying biological, psychological, behavioral, and social mechanisms and risk factors for outcomes, such as behavior change, academics, and physical and mental health. She is currently examining the impact of technology on socioemotional processes of learning. In particular, she is examining the use of smartphones as both a possible hindrance and a possible facilitator of academic and health outcomes among college students.
Henry Anderson Henry Anderson | Language Analytics
Henry is a research scientist and the resident Language Analyst at LINK. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Physics and Linguistics. He is interested in how big language data can be leveraged to provide insight and solutions to a wide range of problems, as well as language use in digital contexts, especially how it is used to construct and reflect identity in online communities and how digital media create unique structures and patterns of communication. LINK Research Projects: IDEAS Center, COCOA.
Dr. Andy Berning
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Andy Berning, Ph.D. | 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. LINK Research Projects: PARC, What Now? MOOC.