Brad McLain, Ph.D.

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University of Colorado Boulder
Research Scientist

Dr. Brad McLain is a social scientist interested in the nature and psychology of identity development, learning, and leadership. He is the Director of the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Director of Corporate Research at the National Center for Women in Information Technology. Where he routinely works closely with companies on the subject of identity, inclusive culture construction, and change leadership. Prior, he served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Jane Goodall Institute and was the United States Chair of Dr. Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Leadership Committee. He has served as principle investigator and researcher on numerous federal, foundation, and privately funded programs, resulting in frequent collaborations with state and federal government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and private organizations. Before that, Dr. McLain was an educational researcher at the Space Science Institute, a NASA educational lead for the Space Shuttle Program as well as NASA’s Office of Biological and Physical Research, and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and was a social science researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He is also an accomplished filmmaker, having produced and directed three documentary features and dozens of short films. His new book is Designing TransformativeExperiences: A Toolkit for Leaders,Trainers, Teachers, and Other Experience Designers (BK Publishing, 2023): His TEDx talks, podcasts, and other work can be found online.Dr. McLain lives in Boulder Colorado with his two children.

Brad McLain CV


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