Alan Lesgold
Professor, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean


  • Child development
  • Technology and learning

Alan M. Lesgold is professor and Renée and Richard Goldman dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and professor of psychology and intelligent systems. He received his doctorate in psychology from Stanford University and holds an honorary doctorate from the Open University of the Netherlands. Lesgold is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Educational Research Association. He received the APA award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training in 2001 and the Educom Medal in 1995. He was president of the Division of Applied Cognitive Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology from 2002 to 2006. Lesgold is a lifetime national associate of the National Research Council. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell appointed Lesgold to the Governor’s Commission on Preparing America’s Teachers in 2005, and he also served on the state’s commission on cyber high schools. Lesgold currently serves on the board of Teaching Matters, a nonprofit in New York City that supports professional learning communities of teachers.