Janet Twyman


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Hometown: Rego Park, NY
Interests: Horses!!! And verbal behavior, instructional design, evidence-based education, teacher development, technology, systems approaches, and the dissemination of behavior analysis.
Biography: Dr. Twyman most recently served as the Vice-President of Instructional Development, Implementation and Research at Headsprout, where she led the development of Headsprout’s Generative Learning Technology and its use to build and disseminate highly effective educational programs. She developed the research methods and systems that led to Headsprout’s ground-breaking scientific formative evaluation model of program development, coordinating all elements of instructional design, scripting, graphic creation, animation, sound engineering, story development and writing, prototype software engineering, and usability testing within the research model, as well as overseeing program implementation into over 1,000 public and private schools and coordinating formal research on product effectiveness. Dr. Twyman is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and meetings in the education and psychology domains, delivering over 50 invited or keynote presentations to educators, psychologists, business leaders and parents around the world. She has served on the board of numerous organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Association for Behavior Analysis International, where as Chair of the accreditation of Graduate Programs she increased the standards and systems for accreditation while doubling the number of accredited programs. She created the Public Relations Task Force and brought national media recognition to Association’s events and activities. In 2007 she served as President of the Association, navigating the complex waters of rapid increase and growing diversity in Association membership, record growth in the annual convention submissions and attendance, and a myriad of new programs and initiatives including the formation of a Practice Board and Science Board, Formerly the Executive Director of the Fred S. Keller School and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University Teachers College, Dr. Twyman has been a long-time advocate and investigator of research-based instruction and systems design, especially with settings serving atypical or difficult to teach learners. While at the Keller School and Columbia University, she conducted research and taught courses focusing on effective instruction, technology and education, teacher development, and systems of schooling. She has published and presented widely on verbal behavior, instructional design, systems approaches, and on topics of broader conceptual interest.
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