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Gretchen Achenbach, Ph.D.

University of Virginia
Research Scientist
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology; B.A., University of Vermont, Psychology
Areas of Expertise 
Research-based resources to raise awareness and provide information needed to implement change in girls’ and women’s representation in computing and technology.
Dr. Gretchen Achenbach is a Research Scientist with NCWIT and in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Dr. Achenbach works with NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs, serves as a Social Science Liaison to NCWIT’s Academic Alliance, and is a member of NCWIT’s Resource Team. In these roles, she works directly with undergraduate computing departments and also creates research-based resources to raise awareness and implement change in women’s representation in computing. With her background in psychology, environmental education, 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.