Brad McLain, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder
Research Scientist

Brad McLain is a social scientist who serves as a researcher with NCWIT. He also co-directs the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Brad’s research focuses on identity development, diversity and inclusion in relation to STEM learning and career pathways, including the nature and impacts of extraordinary experiences and how such experiences may change our sense of self and life trajectories at different ages. Brad has served as principal investigator on several research and project grants funded by both government and corporate entities. He also has extensive experience in informal and formal science education and teacher professional development. In his role at NCWIT, Brad participates in research, research application, and the creation of resources and strategies that organizations can use towards diversification and inclusion in workplace environments and cultures.

Prior to joining NCWIT, Brad was an assistant professor of education at the University of Colorado Denver; an educational researcher at the Space Science Institute; a multimedia instructional designer in the online learning industry; a NASA educational lead for the Space Shuttle Program, the Office of Biological and Physical Research, and the Space Science Mission Directorate; and 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. Brad also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jane Goodall Institute, is the current chair of Dr. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots education program, and is a nationally recognized speaker. His TEDx and TEDx Youth talks can be found online.

Brad McLain CV

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