Lindsay Portnoy

Associate Teaching Professor


Lindsay Portnoy, PhD is a cognitive scientist and associate teaching professor in the Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership concentration in the Doctor of Education program. Dr. Portnoy’s research focuses on the use of immersive technologies and systems thinking to enhance cognition and create a more equitable and authentic system of education. She is a former public school teacher and a co-founder of the National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences funded learning-games company Killer Snails.

Dr. Portnoy has been published in academic journals and popular media outlets including The Washington Post, USA Today, World Economic Forum, ACSD, The 74, and Ed Surge. She is the author of Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom and the forthcoming Game On? Brain On! The Surprising Relationship Between Play and Gray (Matter). 

A member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a former Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leader, an Assessment Fellow at Hunter College, City University of New York, and recipient of the 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) of the year, Dr. Portnoy lives in New York and teaches in New York and online.


PhD from Fordham University (2013)