Undergraduate courses taught: PHL 201, PSY 101, RES 301
Cynthia earned her BA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oregon and her MA from the University of California Santa Cruz in Aesthetic Education Research. Inspired by sociocultural psychology learning theory, she conducted research and wrote her thesis on how creative people think and think together using artifacts they create to enter into innovative, creative territory. A graduate internship with the Computer Science lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center launched her career as an innovation researcher pioneering applied research and design thinking competencies for Microsoft, Verizon Labs, IBM and others before founding DuVal Ethnographic to focus more specifically on topics related to sustainable living and discovering innovation opportunities that are good for people good for business and good for the world.
Realizing the high value of the work she does for futures thinking, she has recently turned her attention to teaching, coaching and mentoring individuals and groups on how to Think Smarter to achieve life and learning goals. As a Skagit County watershed master in training, Cynthia volunteers to facilitate conservation of and around our waterways as part of her overall commitment to sustainable futures design. You may find her exploring watershed areas around Portland with her dog Cowboy, camera in hand.