Gretchen Achenbach

University of Virginia
Research Scientist


Gretchen Achenbach is a Research Scientist with NCWIT and a Research Associate in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. Gretchen joined NCWIT in 2014, where she creates research-based resources to raise awareness and provide the information needed to implement change in girls’ and women’s representation in computing and technology.  With her background in environmental education, psychology, and the study of animal behavior, she brings a history of communicating science to a variety of audiences to a position that advances one of her primary interests, opportunities for girls and women. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Vermont and a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.