Mary Beth Rosson B.A., Ph.D. | College of Information Sciences and Technology
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Mary Beth Rosson, B.A., Ph.D.

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Mary Beth Rosson
  • Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

  • Director, Graduate Programs

E304C Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2478
  • Ph.D., Human Experimental Psychology University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1982

  • B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1977


Dr. Mary Beth Rosson is Director of Graduate Programs and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. Rosson also co-directs the Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning Lab.  Prior to joining Penn State in 2003, she was Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech for 10 years, and a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 11 years. Rosson received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Texas – Austin in 1982. She is internationally known for research and education in human-computer interaction, participatory and scenario-based evaluation and design methods, computer-supported collaborative learning and end-user development. In recognition of her research accomplishments, Dr. Rosson was elected Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery and is a member of the SIGCHI Academy.

Research Interests:
  • Technology-mediated education
  • Online privacy-enhancing behavior
  • Smart camera applications for people with visual impairments
  • Co-production of health and wellness among elders
  • Literacy in computational thinking

Research Keywords:

  • Human-Centered Design
  • Technology-Mediated Education
  • Community Informatics
  • Computational Thinking

For a complete list of publications, see my current CV.