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  • Photo of Jose Blackorby

    Senior Director of Research & Development

    As Senior Director of Research & Development, Jose Blackorby leads CAST’s research, project development, and technical assistance efforts.

  • Photo of Linda M Butler

    Research & Development Operations Manager

    Linda Butler participates in and coordinates Agile development and design research of technology-based, universally designed learning environments. She also participates in content development, XML authoring, and media development at CAST...

  • Photo of Katie Quin

    Accounting Associate

    Katie is the Accounting Associate for CAST’s finance team, focused primarily on accounts payable. Prior to working with the Finance team, Katie supported CAST's research & development team as a Research Assistant, handling data management.

  • Photo of Jess Gropen

    Senior Research Scientist

    Dr. Jess Gropen’s research on executive function and conceptual change not only contributes to contemporary research in cognitive science on the development of mathematical and scientific thinking in early childhood, but also offers effective strategies to close STEM learning opportunity gaps for children from low-income communities. ...

  • Photo of Anne Marie Knokey

    Research Associate

    Anne-Marie is an experienced researcher with over 10 years working in education and social science research, specifically in the disability policy and human services field.

  • Photo of Deborah Waber

    Director, Learning Disabilities Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Deborah Waber is a developmental neuropsychologist who has carried out extensive research on typically developing children and children with learning disorders with a variety of etiologies, both developmental and secondary to medical illnesses. Her research ...

  • Photo of Jenna W Gravel

    Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning

    As Director of Research & Curriculum for Professional Learning,  Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind. She studies these themes by drawing from approaches that emphasize partnerships between researchers and practitioners in order to examine interventions through iterative cycles of inquiry. She seeks to explore how these research-practice collaborations can serve as meaningful sources of professional learning for educators.

  • Photo of Richard Jackson

    Senior Research Scientist

    Richard Jackson assists in the development of CAST's universally designed technology to meet the needs of individuals with visual disabilities.

  • Photo of Agatha Oehlkers

    Research Associate

    Agatha applies design thinking and user experience research strategies to develop CAST’s products. She enjoys collaborating with schools, teachers, and students in order to unleash the potential of all learners.

  • Photo of a green apple

    Senior Director of Learning & Innovation

    Dr. James D. Basham is the Senior Director of Learning & Innovation at CAST and founder of the Universal Design for Learning - Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

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