Office of Naval Research
Grant #N000141010143
Grant #N000141310438

Atkinson, Robert

Robert Atkinson

Associate Professor and PI

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College
Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation


Dr. Robert Atkinson is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering in the Ira A. Schools of Engineering and the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College. His research explores the intersection of cognitive science, informatics, instructional design, and educational technology. He earned in Applied Cognitive Science PhD degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a minor in statistics and research design.

His scholarship involves the design of instructional material—including book- and computer-based learning environments—according to our understanding of human cognitive architecture and how to leverage its unique constraints and affordances. His current research focus involves the study of engagement and flow in games.

He has obtained—both independently and collaboratively—over $20 million dollars in grant support from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and the Intel Corporation. His research appears in a variety of highly respected academic journals including Journal of Educational Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Review of Educational Research, and Educational Psychologist.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of five top-tier journals and is a standing member of the Institute of Education Sciences review panel.