Dr. Young has been at UConn since Fall 1990 and prior to that was associated with Vanderbilt's Learning Technology Center (LTC) for 3 years.  He received his Ph.D. in 1989 in the areas of cognitive and educational psychology, perception and spatial cognition. His teaching and research specialties include Instructional Design, Situated Cognition, Playful Learning environments, and the wise integration of educational technology into instruction.

His background includes 5 years as a high school mathematics and computer teacher with K-12 responsibility for the use of computers at the University School of Nashville.  At Vanderbilt he worked with the Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt to create the Jasper series of math videos. He worked as a human factors/training consultant to HCA and associate research scientist at Honeywell's Aerospace and Defense Group.  Dr. Young has received grants from the National Science foundation in support of online projects for instrumented Long Island Sound water data,  exploring Serious Games in Education, including work Engineering Ethics education.  He has served UConn administration as program coordinator and chair of General Education.


  • Tennis
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Science Fiction Novels