Tina Grotzer is a member of the Faculty of Education at Harvard University, a Principal Research Scientist at Project Zero, and a faculty member at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a Principal Investigator on the EcoLEARN team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Her research identifies ways in which understandings about the nature of causality impact our ability to deal with complexity in our world. It has the following strands: 1) How reasoning about causal complexity interacts with our decisions in the everyday world and public understanding of science given the architecture of the human mind and; 2) How causal understanding develops in supported contexts and interacts with science learning (with the goal of developing curriculum to support deep understanding). This work is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Grotzer was awarded a Career Award from NSF in 2009 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Enginners by the United States Government in 2011.
Previously, Tina was a teacher and district-level program director in the Arlington Public Schools, MA and a teacher at Poughkeepsie Day School, a PreK-12 school committed to observing children and developing emergent, individualized curriculum. She received her doctorate and master’s from Harvard University and her BA in Developmental Psychology from Vassar College. She was a student at Dutchess Community College for two years and transferred to Vassar with encouragement from Dean Colton Johnson (as he developed what would later become the formal "Exploring Transfer Program" for students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend an elite, four year college) for which she is eternally grateful.