Bryan Matlen is a Senior Research Associate on WestEd’s Learning and Technology team. He explores how strategies based on cognitive science can be applied to support learning and inform instructional decision-making.
Matlen serves as principal investigator of the Spatial Alignment and Interleaved Efficacy Replication projects, as well as co-PI of the Programming Transfer and Analogy Training projects. He also leads both formative and summative evaluations of early-stage educational technology products to improve their readiness for classrooms and is a senior methodologist for several large-scale efficacy studies at WestEd. He is certified as a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer.
Matlen’s work is extensively published in cognitive science and educational journals and publications (e.g., Cognitive Science, Instructional Science, American Journal of Evaluation, Mind, Brain, Education Journal). He also works to share his findings with practitioners.
Matlen completed an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.