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Dr. Suzhen Duan is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Technologies, Design, and School Library Media at Towson University. She received a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University in 2022 and joined Towson the same year.  Her research interests mainly focus on applying positive psychology interventions (especially the Best Possible Self intervention) into the instructional design to promote learners’ well-being, positive attitudes, motivation, identity, and optimism. Additionally, she maintains an interest in computing education, particularly in the development of students’ competencies, encompassing knowledge, skills, and dispositions, for a managerial pathway. This interest is deeply rooted in her engineering education background and 11 years of experience in the educational technology company, where she served in roles such as project manager, product manager, and general manager.

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