Karen Mahon (Learning Scientist)

Karen L. Mahon, Ed.D. is a Learning Scientist and Educational Psychologist who specializes in instructional design, behavior change programs and product strategy. Trained in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis, Karen has spent the last 15 years in the education technology industry.

Karen is currently the Principal of Disrupt Learning, a consulting business whose mission is to upset the status quo by advising education technology companies in strategies to improve digital content.  She previously established the instructional content strategy for DYMO/Mimio Instructional Teaching Technologies and while at Praxis, Inc. wrote federal SBIR grants through the National Institutes for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to support the development of instructional software programs targeting children who are traditionally difficult to teach.  Prior to her industry experience she was on the research faculty at the University of Kansas.

Karen’s main interests are in establishing effective instructional programs that produce measurable and observable learning outcomes and in positive leadership practices. She has spoken to global audiences on numerous occasions about the methodologies and approaches to best provide such programs.  She has published peer-reviewed papers and whitepapers, and given talks at education and learning conferences for more than 20 years.  She also serves as an Advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

This past winter Karen embarked on a new adventure with her blog, Disrupt Learning! (http://www.karenmahon.com), which targets learning, education and leadership topics. She is a regular twitter participant, tweeting @KarenLMahon.  Finally, Karen maintains memberships in the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the International Society for Technology in Education, the International Society for Performance Improvement and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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