Bruce D. Homer is Associate Professor and Executive Officer (Chair) of Educational Psychology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he directs the Child Interactive Learning and Development (CHILD) Lab. He is also Director of Research at the Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education (CREATE) Lab. Dr. Homer’s research investigates children’s acquisition of cultural tools that are used to communicate and transmit knowledge, including language, writing, and digital technologies, and how this acquisition transforms cognitive development and learning. In his applied research, Dr. Homer studies the design and use of digital technologies for learning, particularly simulations and games. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Educational Sciences, as well as Microsoft Research, Google Research and Motorola Foundation. Dr. Homer holds a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He lives in New York City with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Jan L. Plass, Ph.D., Paulette Goddard Chair of Digital Media and Learning Sciences, and Professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, is the founding director of the Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology in Education (CREATE) and co-directs the Games for Learning Institute. Dr. Plass’ research is at the intersection of cognitive science, learning sciences and design, and seeks to enhance the effectiveness of interactive visual environments for learning. His current focus is on studying cognitive, social and emotional design patterns for simulations and games; games for cognitive skills development; and games for health. He has widely published his work in academic journals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. Dr. Plass is the lead editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Game-based Learning (MIT Press). He frequently presents his work nationally and internationally and helps designers improve the impact of their products by applying cognitive science and learning sciences principles.
Laine Nooney is an Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. She carries a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and a Graduate Certification in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University; an MA in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University; and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Dayton.
Dr. Nooney is a media scholar and historian of video games and personal computing. Her current book project is a labor and industry history of the American computer game industry, told through a case study of the home entertainment software producer Sierra On-Line (1980-2008). Her work has been published in Game Studies, American Journal of Play, Journal of Visual Culture and The Atlantic. She is a founding editor of the forthcoming ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories. Dr. Nooney holds affiliate appointments with the Integrated Digital Media program in the Tandon School of Engineering and with NYU's Game Center in the Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to her appointment at New York University, Dr. Nooney was an Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech.
Yamalis Diaz is a Clinical Assistant Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center at Hassenfeld’s Children’s Hospital, where she specializes in behavioral therapy for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Diaz received her B.A. with a double-major in Psychology and Sociology, and a Certificate in Criminology, from Rutgers University, New Brunswick; and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In addition to her own clinical work with children and families, Dr. Diaz serves as a primary supervisor on a number of clinical services and training rotations in the APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship and the ACGME-accredited child & adolescent psychiatry residency. Dr. Diaz co-developed and teaches an undergraduate course as part of NYU's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) minor. The course, entitled twentysomething, focuses on a historical and developmental understanding of the transition to adulthood among today’s young adults. Dr. Diaz regularly serves as a co-host on NYU's Sirius XM Doctor Radio show, “About Our Kids;” has contributed to multiple TV and print stories related to children’s mental health; and often presents to parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals about children’s behavioral and emotional health, with particular expertise in preventing and responding to disruptive or aggressive behavior in kids and teens.