Helen Kwah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D., New York University
M.P.H.. University of Hawaii
B.A., Yale University

Helen Kwah, Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with a background in the arts and developing health educational media. In addition to her Ph.D. from New York University, Dr. Kwah has a B.A. from Yale University and an MPH from the University of Hawaii. Her current research examines the mediating roles of multimodality (especially gesture and movement), emotions and social structures on STEM teaching and learning practices in technology-enhanced learning environments. A goal of her research is to draw understandings of how to promote effective teaching and learning through the effective design of these environments, and engagement of multiple modalities and emotional/social experience.


Areas of Specialization: Sociocultural Learning, Educational Games, Emotional Engagement, Gesture Analysis, Multimodality, Interaction Analysis  


Kwah, H., and Milne, C. (Accepted). Emotional engagement, social interactions, and the development of an afterschool game design curriculum. For inclusion in special issue of Cultural Studies of Science Education.

Kwah, H., Lyons, L. and Ching, D. (2013). The Impact of Interface Tangibility on Agency and Gesture within Group Spatial Problem Solving With an Ecosystem Simulation. In Proceedings of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Madison, WI, June 15-19.

Kwah, H. (2012). How commercial and violent video games can promote culturally sensitive science learning: Some questions and challenges. Cultural Studies of Science Education, published online October 2012.doi:10.1007/s11422-012-9443-x.

Courses Taught:

EDU 1015: Technology and Society: School, Community and Workplace

EDU 7266/7267 Technology for Teaching Literacy Applications in Regular and Special Education Settings