head shotCatherine Chase is assistant professor of Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She studies how K-16 students learn STEM content while engaging in production activities like inventing representations of scientific phenomena or designing an engineering product. Specifically, she explores how various forms of instructional support enhance or hinder motivation, learning, and transfer from production activities. Chase has also designed and developed several STEM learning technologies such as digital games and intelligent tutoring systems.

Chase holds a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University’s School of Education, an M.S.Ed. in Science Teaching from CUNY–Brooklyn College, and a B.A.S. in Biology and Psychology from Stanford University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Her interest in educational research was sparked by five years of teaching K-8 science in public and private schools in Brooklyn, New York.