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Phil received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University in 2014. His research is focused on understanding the fundamental principles of human learning and applying these principles to solve educational problems. He is currently the Director of Research at OpenStax, a non-profit open source education initiative of Rice University.


Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University, 2014
M.S. in Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University, 2010
B.A. in Psychology, Kent State University, 2007


2011 APAGS Basic Psychological Science Research Grant
2012 Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Research Grant
2012 Graduate Student Research Publication Award
2012 C. Eugene Walker Award for Outstanding Graduate Research
2012 APF Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship
2013 Purdue Research Foundation Grant
2013 Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Research Interests

  • Applying cognitive science to education
  • Human learning and memory
  • Retrieval processes
  • Computer-based learning
  • Metacognition and self-regulated learning