OUR TEAM

At ScreenTime Learning, we are committed to turning your child’s screen time into learning.  We have assembled a world class team of Advisors and Learning Scientists to ensure that our service includes the latest research to promote quantifiable learning and long-term retention for your child.

David Dowling
David DowlingCo-Founder & CEO
David is an experienced and innovative leader with a demonstrated success in building world-class teams and profitable businesses.

He was Founder and President of media.com, a full-service digital marketing firm owned by Grey Advertising. He built a profitable business with 25 employees and clients including Procter & Gamble, Dell, Intel and Sprint Business. David pioneered the cost-per-click media buying model on the Internet and is a recipient of Mediaweek’s New Media All-Star and Ad Age’s Digital Media Master awards.

David joined NetZero prior to their IPO as head of Business Development. He held several senior leadership positions as the company went public and was valued at over $1 billion. He most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of United Online’s $100 million Communications business, where he was responsible for creating and launching NetZero’s Mobile Broadband product.

David holds a B.S. degree from The University of Connecticut and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Gene Swank
Gene SwankCo-Founder & COO
Gene is a successful entrepreneur and early pioneer in WiMax technology.

He singlehandedly built an enterprise class element management system that is being used today by telcos from Southern California to Sierra Leone to Saudi Arabia. This Java based software suite is capable of managing more than 1,000 nodes across dozens of remote networking sites. He later adapted the software to include support for additional 802.11 protocols.

Gene also built several modules for a custom telemetry system backhaul that is used by a major subway system in the United States.

As an Entreprenuer, he founded a multi-million dollar, specialty printing company that he grew from his garage into one of the largest businesses in this niche market with almost $5M in sales across 9 countries.

Gene holds a B.S. degree from The University of Central Missouri.

Advisors

Dr. Robert Bjork
Dr. Robert BjorkAdvisor
Dr. Robert Bjork (Ph.D., Stanford University; B. A., Minnesota) is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

His research focuses on human learning and memory and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He co-founded the world-renowned UCLA Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab.

He has served as Editor of Memory & Cognition (1981-85) and PsychologicalReview (1995-2000), Co-editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest (1998-2004), and Chair of a National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance (1988-1994).

He is a past president or chair of the American Psychological Society (APS); the Western Psychological Association; the Psychonomic Society; the Society of Experimental Psychologists; the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA); and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.

He is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award; the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientist Lecturer and Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Awards; the American Physiological Society’s Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists’ Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Bjork is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Elizabeth Bjork
Dr. Elizabeth BjorkAdvisor
Dr. Elizabeth Ligon Bjork (Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan; B. A., Mathematics, University of Florida) is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her research focuses on the role of inhibition in creating an adaptive memory system and how principles of learning discovered in the laboratory can be applied to enhance instructional practices and self-directed learning. She co-founded the world-renowned UCLA Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab.

Prior to joining the UCLA Psychology Department, she was a faculty member in the Mathematical Psychology Laboratory at Rockefeller University in New York City and in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan.

She has also been a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego; Bell Labs (Murray Hill); Dartmouth College; and St. Andrews University, Scotland. She has served as a member of the Editorial Boards for Perception & Psychophysics and Memory & Cognition, and as a member of the Initial Review Group for the National Institute of Mental Health, Basic Behavioral Processes.

She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. At UCLA, she is the Faculty Sponsor for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology for undergraduates and the Psychology Department’s Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Within the Department, Dr. Bjork is in charge of the Teacher Training Seminar and Program for Teaching Assistants, and she also chairs the campus-wide Teaching Assistant Training Committee.

At the campus-wide level, she has chaired a number of committees concerned with undergraduate education and campus life, including the Committee on Undergraduate Student Support, Honors, and Prizes; the Committee on Student Development; and the Undergraduate Council, which is the overarching committee for all undergraduate programs and affairs.

William Emeny
William Emeny
Will is Head of Maths at Wyvern College in Hampshire and runs the well-known maths teaching blog, Great Maths Teaching Ideas. He is a member of the TES Maths Panel and an author on the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics textbook series.

He is the Founder of the popular Numeracy Ninjas program (numeracyninjas.org), which has been successful in dramatically improving maths scores for secondary school children throughout England. His program has gone viral in the mathematics world and is now in use in thousands of schools across every continent in the world.

He is passionate about effective teaching of maths and using evidence-based research to improve pedagogy. His particular interests are the role of memory in learning maths (Bjork, Rohrer, Ebbinghaus etc) and the use of visual models to support conceptual understanding (bar models, algebra tiles etc).

Will has delivered inset sessions to trainee maths teachers at Southampton University and other institutions. He has spoken at national conferences and many training events.

He has authored two books: 100 Things Awesome Teachers Do and The Magic of Pineapples- An Brain Tingling Journey Through Amazing Mathematics.

Will received The Pearson Teaching Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in the UK.

Learning Advisory Board

Dr. Veronica Yan
Dr. Veronica Yan Learning Advisory Board Chairwoman
Dr. Veronica Yan (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA and at the University of Southern California.

Her research focuses on what it takes to be an effective, self-regulated learner, bringing together research investigating the strategies that enhance learning and the motivational mindsets required to appreciate them.

Her own educational background has spanned three continents: She studied at an international school in Hong Kong, before heading to the University of Cambridge for undergraduate studies in England, and finally landed in California for graduate school.

She is a recipient of both the UCLA Department of Psychology’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a winner of the UCLA Dissertation Launchpad and she conducts training workshops for students, schoolteachers and college professors across the US.

Dr. Courtney Clark
Dr. Courtney Clark
Dr. Courtney Clark (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is currently researching the mechanisms underpinning successful learning techniques.

Michael Garcia
Michael Garcia
Michael is a post doc at UCLA.

He is currently exploring projects in a wide range of topics including: inductive learning, testing-delay interaction, directed forgetting, and the stability bias. He is focused on a mix of research that advances theoretical understanding of memory while also trying to apply basic research to educationally relevant situations.