Sharon Tettegah

CBSR Director


Sharon Tettegah’s research framework is at the intersection of STEM, Psychology and Education with an emphasis on Black and Ethnic Studies. Her current research focuses on the use of high performance computing to examine broadening participation in STEM and beyond.

The focus of her most recent past research examines affective, behavioral and cognitive facets of empathy and empathic dispositions using multiple technologies (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging, simulations, games). Her interest and research in empathy, emotions and technology is the result of passion and commitment to the improvement of equity in leadership, teaching and learning.

In addition to her research on empathy, she is also involved in the examination of innovation and creativity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. Her goals as a researcher and practitioner are to broaden participation for students of color in STEM disciplines.

Her portfolio includes leadership roles as Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, former National Science Foundation Program Officer where she managed programs in the Division of Research on Learning and Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Continuing Education Committee, Gubernatorial Appointment as a member of California’s Interagency Council on Early Intervention, Chair of the Committee for Early Career Psychologists and Treasurer Elect at the American Psychological Association’s Division 15.

Her current lead editorial work includes a seven-volume series on Emotions and Technology: Communication of Feelings Through, with and For Technology with Elsevier’s Academic Psychology Publishing Division.

Professor Tettegah is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Responsible Machine Learning and Center for Information Technology and Society.