Michelle Cerrone leads research studies and evaluations on how to design and harness media and digital technologies to enhance learning. An experienced methodologist, she specializes in research design, instrument development, and statistical analysis. Her research interests include early STEM learning, computational thinking, teacher development, and community partnerships that support early learning.

Cerrone co-led a study that investigated the design and implementation of early childhood engineering and empathy activities. Recently, she led an evaluation of the Apple and ConnectED initiative and co-led a study focused on computational thinking and early literacy development.

Cerrone presents at national convenings of the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and others. She has blogged about effective digital learning and early STEM learning. She has co-authored articles on engineering and empathy, preschool data collection and analysis, professional development, and using social media to strengthen science communications and recruit research participants.

Cerrone holds an MA in Economics and Education from Columbia University and a BS from Cornell University. She was a 2018 STEM Learning and Research Center Fellow.