Stephanie Wassenburg

Postdoctoral Researcher

Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University

Psychology, Education, and Child Studies
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Erasmus University Rotterdam


Hi! I am Stephanie Wassenburg and some of the things I like are running, traveling, dancing, playing board games, and whisky tasting. On this website, you can find more information about my professional interests and achievements. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email!



After graduating in psychology (Master’s degree cognitive & biological psychology, awarded Cum Laude) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, I started as a PhD student at the Department of Educational Neuroscience at the VU University Amsterdam (December 2010). During my PhD, I studied reading comprehension in primary school children, under supervision of Prof. Jelle Jolles, Menno van der Schoot, and Björn de Koning. The faculty Talent Grant, which I was awarded in 2013, allowed me to obtain experience working abroad by visited the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) for four months under supervision of Prof. Jane Oakhill. I have conducted both fundamental and applied studies on the cognitive processes and strategies that are involved in deep level reading comprehension. In April 2016, I received my doctorate.


Currently, I am back at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I am employed as a Postdoctoral researcher. The overarching theme of my research is the construction of a meaningful mental representation that is required for comprehension and learning. I am interested in the interaction between the body, cognition, and environment. From this situated perspective, I study topics such as reading comprehension, hand gestures, mental simulation, imagery, metacognition, and educational technology.


Recently, I was awarded the Rubicon grant, with which I will conduct postdoctoral research at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA (US), for two years under supervision of Prof. Ken Koedinger. As of February 2018, my research will focus on the effectiveness of creating vlogs (video blogs) as a learning strategy as the growth in technology requires new approaches to learning. In addition, I will examine how innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality, can support and facilitate the learning process. I am hoping to learn new statistical methods and develop my programming skills in order to work with computational modelling and machine learning techniques.