Dan Gillette works at the intersection of design and culture, with a special focus on public health, disability, civic life, education, and aging. Dan currently is a senior research scientist and co-director of Tech for Social Good at the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley. Current and past CITRIS projects include Tech for Social Good (student engagement and fellowship programs), Navigating the Human Path (intergenerational co-design research), PERCEPT (precision medicine), the Pacific Research Platform (IT infrastructure and services for science), CriticalSTEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics curriculum development), PIC Your Future (a college preparedness app developed by high school and college students), the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge, the Tobacco in the Home Environment and Air Quality Undermining Asthma Study, Vote Your Mind (an experimental digital voter guide for individuals with dementia), and the Research in Accessible Voting Project. Additionally, Dan regularly teaches design classes at Cal.
In addition to his work at CITRIS, Dan is a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute, and continues to work in industry as a product, experience, and curriculum designer. Previously, Dan was a cofounder of InWorld Solutions, which provided virtual reality tools for the behavioral healthcare market. He also was chair of the Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative from 2002–2008; has held research and teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University; and has worked as a learning specialist in private practice, K-12 schools, and universities. Before getting involved in education and design, Dan had a ten-year career as a musician and composer.
Dan holds a B.A. in human development from the Lesley College Graduate School, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.