Bryan Matlen

Senior Research Associate

Bryan Matlen
Bryan Matlen is a Senior Research Associate in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. Matlen explores how cognitive science-based strategies can be applied to support learning and inform instructional decision-making. He serves as:
  • Principal Investigator of the Institute of Education Sciences-funded project Exploring the Spatial Alignment Hypothesis in STEM Disciplines, which investigates optimal ways in which to design STEM visuals
  • Co-Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project, An Instructional Complexity Approach to the Science of Learning by Analogy, which aims to explore how analogical principles interact to support learning in mathematics classrooms
In addition, Matlen is a senior methodologist for several large-scale efficacy studies at WestEd and leads both formative and summative evaluations of educational technology products. His work is extensively published in cognitive science and educational journals. Matlen completed an undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis, a  doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.