Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy is the COO and Executive Vice President of Sally Ride Science and a Professor Emerita of School Psychology at San Diego State University.
has been interested in science since she
was a little girl.
One of her
favorite childhood memories is of watching tadpoles in a creek gradually sprout legs, go green, and turn into frogs.
She studied biology in college, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgia State University.
While teaching college biology, she became interested in how kids learn and went on to earn her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
A former science teacher and award-winning children's science writer, Dr. O'Shaughnessy has extensive experience cultivating girls' and boys' interests in reading, math, and science.
helped found Sally Ride Science
because of her
long-standing commitment to science education and her
recognition of the importance of supporting girls' interests in science.
work with Sally Ride Science
As the Executive Vice President for Content
, Dr. O'Shaughnessy
is responsible for all publications and professional development at Sally Ride Science
She oversees the development of Sally Ride Science's classroom books, teacher guides, and educator institutes.
In addition, Dr. O'Shaughnessy
is the author of 9 science books for children, including "Our Changing Climate: Ecosystems" and "The Third Planet" (co-authored with Sally Ride), which won the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award