Melissa Morgenlander is a professor, a curriculum designer, a researcher, and a writer who is passionate about leveraging the power of television, games, video, and mobile technology for children's intellectual and social development. With a PhD in Cognitive Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, Melissa always takes a user’s perspective in curriculum design and research. Her specialties include special education and tablets, parent-child co-viewing, early childhood education, and math learning.
Currently, Melissa is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches a course on Children and Media for the Children & Youth Studies program. She is also the Curriculum Editor for ONEder, a special education learning management system. Melissa serves as an educational consultant to a variety of educational television shows, apps, after-school programs and educational start-ups, including Toca Boca Magazine, the PBS Kids website, Odd Squad (PBS), Thomas & Friends (WNET/ PBS), Cyberchase (WNET/ PBS), and Tech Kids Unlimited. Past positions have included the Director of Learning at InteractAble, Research Manager at the Institute of Play, and Director of Curriculum for Scoyo.com (Bertelsmann). She is proud to have served as a Research Fellow at Sesame Workshop, which inspired her dissertation about co-viewing from Sesame Street.
Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and her ten-year-old twins. Her son has autism, and has given her great insight into the important role that the iPad has for children with ASD. She writes about the intersection of autism spectrum disorders and technology on her blog, the iQ Journals.
In addition to her doctorate, Melissa holds an MA from NYU in Educational Communication and Technology and a BA from Vassar College.