Heather Leary

Heather Leary


Assistant Professor



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Office: 150-G MCKB

Phone: 801-422-2765

Email: heather.leary@byu.edu

Website: https://www.drheatherleary.com/

Dr. Leary is an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology. Her research focuses on tackling complex educational challenges in K-12 and higher education. She works collaboratively with practioners in various disciplines (e.g., science, math, arts) and spaces (e.g., online environment, professional development) to iteratively design and implement potential solutions. She uses design-based research, research-practice partnerships, problem-based learning, and research synthesis to generate useable knowledge and alignment between the principles of learning and instructional practice.

She graduated from Utah State University in 2012 with her PhD in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Institute of Cognitive Science and a Visiting Research Scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research from 2011-2015. She designed curricula for the online programs at BYU-Idaho from 2015-2016. She is an active member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).