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Jill Denner is the Associate Director of Research at Education, Training, Research Associates, a non-profit organization in California. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and does applied research in K-12 settings, with a focus on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in computing. She has developed several after school programs and her research on these programs has contributed to an understanding of effective strategies for promoting youth leadership, building youth-adult partnerships, increasing girls’ confidence and capacity to produce technology, and engaging girls in information technology. Her current focus is on how middle school students learn while creating computer games, and the development of computational thinking. Dr. Denner has been PI on several NSF grants, written numerous peer-reviewed articles, and co-edited two books: “Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming,” published by MIT Press in 2008, and “Latina Girls: Voices of Adolescent Strength in the US,” published by NYU Press in 2006.