Dr. Lauren McNamara
Dr. Lauren McNamara
Ashoka Fellow, Co-investigator, Diversity Institute & Founder and Director, Recess Project Canada

Dr. McNamara holds a PhD in the Psychology of Education from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. After years of exploring the role of cognition, learning, motivation, and technology, she has turned her attention to recess - specifically, the cumulative influence of daily recess has on children's prosocial behaviors, developmental health trajectories, and academic success. She is an Ashoka Fellow and Founder, Director, and Senior Research Scientist of The Recess Project, an action research collaborative designed to ensure systemic changes in the ways schools approach recess and social relationships among children. The goal of the project is to leverage resources and explore ways to transform the culture of recess into one that is characterized by inclusion, prosocial play, and compassion.


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