Deborah Cockerham

Deborah Cockerham

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Masters in Science Program


PhD, University of North Texas

  • Major: Learning Technologies
  • Degree Specialization: Behavioral Science
  • Dissertation Title: The Impact of an Inquiry-Based Learning Environment upon Digital Awareness and Well-Being Among Middle Schoolers with Learning and Attentional Disabilities

MS, University of Texas at Arlington

  • Major: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Degree Specialization: Mind, Brain and Education
  • Dissertation Title: Visual Recognition of Fear and Anger Cues by Children on Autism Spectrum and Neurotypical Peers: An EEG Study

Research Interests

Through a three-dimensional research focus that integrates emerging and immersive technologies, socioemotional learning, and the development of higher order thinking skills, Dr. Cockerham works to increase learning motivation, encourage cognitive growth, and build equitable learning opportunities. Research interests include:

  • Strategies and tools for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism
  • Impact of music and sound upon learning
  • Socioemotional learning and communication
  • Emerging and immersive technologies in education
  • Higher education collaborations with community

Dr. Cockerham founded and directed the Research and Learning Center at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at Texas Christian University. She has over twenty years of experience in teaching children and adolescents with a wide range of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and/or autism spectrum disorders.