Laura Zimmermann is the founder and president of Tech Play Collaborative and a research fellow at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She is a recognized expert in child development, playful learning, and learning from media having published articles in both lay and peer-reviewed journals. Providing both formative and summative research, Zimmermann consults with organizations in the education and children’s media spaces. She conducts applied research with children and adults that support them in partnership with museums, schools, community centers, and research labs. In addition to independent consulting and peer-reviewed research, Zimmermann previously worked as a leading education expert at an international non-profit where she conducted quantitative and qualitative research projects. Zimmermann was an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Lab at the University of Delaware. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Georgetown University with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy.