• Ph.D. 2010 – Temple University, Educational Psychology
  • M.S.W. 2006 – Temple University, Social Administration
  • M.S. 2003 – Saint Joseph’s University, Experimental Psychology
  • B.S. 2002 – Saint Joseph’s University, Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Self-regulated Learning
  • Metacognition
  • Motivation
  • Learning technologies
  • Learning analytics
  • Personalized learning


Prior to arriving at UNC, Matt held post-doctoral appointments at the Learning Research & Development Center (University of Pittsburgh) and the Human Computer Interaction Institute (Carnegie Mellon University) through the jointly-housed LearnLab, and a faculty appointment in Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Matt’s research focuses on (1) the roles that motivations and metacognitive processes play when learners use technologies like hypertext, intelligent tutoring systems, and learning management systems, (2) the development of interventions and software to promote effective learning strategies, and motivation to learn AND (3) the development of learning materials and environments that personalize learning to students’ interests.

Outside the Lab, Matt is a dad, cook, gardener, hiker, and nature- food- and baseball-tourist.