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Malayna Bernstein, Ph.D.

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Director, Learning Sciences Program 304-293-3202 508G Allen Hall Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

  • Ph.D., Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, IL 
  • M.A., Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, IL 
  • B.A., English, Wesleyan University, CT

Malayna works in the Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences where she serves as the director of learning sciences programs. Her instruction includes graduate courses related to the learning sciences and human development, teacher education courses focused on learning theories, research courses in qualitative methodology, and professional learning courses for faculty interested in instruction and institutional change. Her research examines the cognitive and cultural dimensions of learning in diverse settings, with special emphases on educator learning and identity, and language and literacy. She serves as a qualitative methodological consultant on a wide range of empirical projects, including examinations of teacher identity development during the WV school strikes, women battling the opioid epidemic, fire fighters' health, and student athlete's experiences with racism. She is a Master Facilitator with the WVU ADVANCE Center and currently serves as a Provost Academic Leadership Fellow.

Courses Taught

  • Learning in Educational Settings
  • Foundations of the Learning Sciences & Human Development
  • Topics of Inquiry in the Learning Sciences & Human Development
  • Empirical Designs in the Learning Sciences & Human Development
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Teacher Cognition
  • Professional Learning

Published Work