VITAL Laboratory

Human Learning Across the Lifespan

The mission of the Virtual and Integrated Technology for Assessment and Learning (VITAL) lab is to investigate and understand all aspects of human learning across the lifespan. These research collaborations draw together a staff of professors while supporting graduate and undergraduate researchers across the Washington State University campuses.

VITAL is a sister lab to the Neurocognition Science Laboratory on the WSU Pullman campus and the current areas of active research include:

  • STEM Education
  • Student Learning
  • Autism, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer’s
  • Development of Smart Classroom Environments
  • Creation of assessment tools that support socio-emotional development, content learning, and cognitive development of students.

Driving Research

The VITAL lab is a campus-wide laboratory platform that generates interdisciplinary research and collaborations both within, and external to WSU Tri-Cities and the College of Education. The VITAL lab provides a means to develop collaborative proposals for national external funding awards.

The laboratory also allows the campus to become more competitive for external grants within several funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). At its core, the laboratory provides a unique means to address critical research questions and drives educational research across the nation.

Contact Us

Jonah Firestone
Jonah FirestoneCollege of Education, Assistant Professor, Teaching & Learning, Director of VITAL LabFloyd 207C509-372-7198
Allison Matthews
Allison MatthewsCollege of Arts & Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Associate Director of VITAL LabCIC 125B509-372-7146

Affiliate Faculty

Don McMahon
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Associate Director, VITAL Lab
WSU Pullman Campus

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