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Trisha O'Connell

Trisha O'Connell, Director of Research and Development at WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), develops and manages research projects, identifying areas of need in new technologies and in the convergence of technology, media, disability, and education. She works with staff, educators, advocates, industry leaders, and government agencies to expand and refine the use of media access technologies, providing support and leadership for project directors and coordinating resources and deliverables across projects. O’Connell has developed and managed numerous National Science Foundation- and U.S. Department of Education-funded projects related to technology-based educational practices, including a seminal study on the impact of extended description on visually impaired students’ comprehension. She has worked in Media Access at WGBH since 1988. Previously, she helped establish the nation’s first technical school for women— recruiting, training and placing nontraditional adult students in high tech and engineering fields. She holds an M.B.A. from the Simmons Graduate School of Management.