Mari Strand Cary

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Senior Research Associate I
College of Education
Phone: 541-346-8357
Office: 1600 Millrace Dr., Ste 108B
Research Interests: Education technology, Mathematics, University/community partnerships, STEM & computer science, Scalable professional development (PD), Learning and instruction, Early childhood learning


Drawing upon her expertise in child development, Mari Strand Cary, Ph.D., develops and maximizes the implementation and effects of educational technology. Improving early elementary mathematics instruction - especially for students with or at risk for mathematics learning difficulties - is a current goal. As Principal Investigator on an OSEP-funded Stepping Up Technology grant, she is completing refinements to the KinderTEK system of iPad-based individualized math instruction. She has led evaluations of KinderTEK funded by OSEP (pilot study, 2017-18; dissemination study, 2018-19) and by the Institute for Education Sciences (ongoing large-scale efficacy study, 2017-2021). Dr. Strand Cary is also currently involved in regional STEM and technology initiatives. With federal funding and in partnership with area districts, she works to increase underserved students' participation and engagement in these areas. Dr. Strand Cary received degrees from the University of Puget Sound and University of Minnesota's Institute for Child Development, then completed post-doctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. She writes and reviews for highly rated peer-reviewed journals and presents project activities and findings at national technology, education, and special education conferences and local and national outreach events.


2004-2006 – Post doc, APA/IES Postdoctoral Education Research Training Fellow, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Aug 2004 -- Doctor of Philosophy completed at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Major area of study: Child Psychology

Dec 2002 -- Masters completed at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Major area of study: Child Psychology

June 1996 -- Bachelor of Science completed at the University of Puget Sound; Major: Biology, Minor: Professional Writing