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Dan Gillette, Ed.M.

Dan Gillette works at the intersection of design and culture, with a special focus on public health, disability, civic life, education, and healthcare. Dan currently is a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute (PHI), and co-director of Tech for Social Good at the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley. PHI projects include the PHI Design Center, which he leads, and the Medtronic Philanthropy Global Health Leaders fellowship program. CITRIS projects include Navigating the Human Path, the PERCEPT precision medicine project, the Pacific Research Platform, CriticalSTEAM, PIC Your Future, the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge, the Tobacco in the Home Environment and Air Quality Undermining Asthma Study, Vote Your Mind, and the Research in Accessible Voting Project. Additionally, Dan regularly teaches design classes at Cal.

In addition to his work at CITRIS and PHI, Dan continues to work in industry as a product, experience, and curriculum designer. Previously, Dan was a cofounder of InWorld Solutions, which provided virtual reality tools for the behavioral healthcare market. He also was chair of the Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative from 2002–2008; has held research and teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University; and has worked as a learning specialist in private practice, K-12 schools, and universities. Before getting involved in education and design, Dan had a ten-year career as a musician and composer.

Dan holds a B.A. in human development from the Lesley College Graduate School, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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