Dr. Danielle S. McNamara is a Professor in the Psychology Department and Senior Scientist in the Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University. Her academic background includes a Linguistics B.A. (1982), a Clinical Psychology M.S. (1989), and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (1992; UC-Boulder). She develops educational technologies and conducts research to better understand cognitive processes involved in comprehension, knowledge and skill acquisition, comprehension strategies, and writing. Her research involves the development and assessment of game-based, intelligent tutoring systems (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal; see soletlab.com), natural language processing (e.g., Coh-Metrix), and the use of interactive dialog in automated tutoring systems. She is particularly interested in how the effects of such tools interact with individual differences and can be optimized for individual learners. One focus of her work is on developing methods to improve success for struggling high school students. She has served on numerous funding panels, governing boards, editorial boards, and as Associate Editor for three journals. She has directed numerous projects and has published over 200 papers (see publications at soletlab.com).