Kathryn Spoehr


Kathy Spoehr received her A.B. degree at Brown University in 1969 in mathematical psychology. She did graduate work in cognitive psychology and computer science (artificial intelligence) at Stanford University, where she was awarded the A.M. degree in 1971 and the Ph.D. in 1973. She joined the Brown Psychology faculty in 1974, was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Cognitive Science, moved to the Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences in 1986 (chairperson 1991-1993), and then to the new Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences department in 2010 where she has served as Associate Chair. At Brown she has been the Associate Provost for Budget and Planning (1982-85), Dean of the Graduate School and Research (1993-96), Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty (1996-1999), and Executive Vice-President and Provost (1999-2001). A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Society, her research focuses on the science of teaching and learning, particularly digital learning tools.


  • CLPS0200 Human Cognition
  • CLPS1250 Human Factors

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 1-3pm, or by appointment, Metcalf Research Building, Room 256