Klahr received his undergraduate degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering
his Ph.D. in 1968 from Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial
now the Tepper School of Business) in Organizations and Social Behavior.
1966-69, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago with
in the School of Business and the Department of Mathematics.
1968 – 69 was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling,
a Visiting Fulbright lecturer at the London School of Business. He returned
Mellon with joint appointment in GSIA and Psychology in 1969, and became
of Psychology in 1976. He served as Head of the Psychology Department
1983 to 1993, and is currently Director of the Program in Interdisciplinary
(PIER), a doctoral training grant funded by the Office of Education.
his career, Klahr has focused on the analysis of complex cognitive
in such diverse areas as voting behavior, college admissions, consumer
peer review, problem solving and scientific reasoning. He pioneered the
of information processing analysis to questions of cognitive development,
in collaboration with Iain Wallace, formulated the first computer simulation
account for children's performance on a variety of Piagetian tasks and
Klahr's most recent research has investigated the cognitive processes that
understanding of the fundamental principles underlying scientific thinking.
work includes both basic research with pre-school children and more applied
studies of how to improve the teaching of experimental science in elementary
He has worked in a wide variety of schools in the Pittsburgh region, focusing
relative effectiveness of different instructional methods for teaching
children how to
and interpret simple experiments
is a Fellow of the APA, a Charter Fellow of the APS, on the Governing Board
Cognitive Development Society, a Member of the Society for Research in
and the Cognitive Science Society. He was an Associate Editor of
Psychology and has served on the editorial boards of several cognitive
journals, as well as on the NSF's subcommittee on Memory and Cognitive
and the NIH's Human Development and Aging Study Section. His research
been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the Social Science
Council, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation,
The McDonnell Foundation, the A. W. Mellon Foundation, the J. M Cattell
the Institute of Education Sciences.
has served on three Committees of the National Research Council: the Committee
Foundations of Educational Assessment (Knowing What Students Know,
Academies Press, 2001 ), the Committee on Research in Education
Scientific Research in Education, National
Academies Press, 2004 ) and
Committee on Science Learning (Taking Science to School: Learning and
in Grades K-8 , National Academies Press, 2007). He also serves as
the Advisory Board for the Brain, Mind & Behavior Program of the James
In 2007 he became the first member of CMU’s faculty to be elected to the
Academy of Education.
detailed information see Dr.
Klahr's personal web page.
updated 9/23/07 DK/AR/tc