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Catherine McChrystal, MA

Catherine McCyrstal.

Instructional Designer

Office of Virtual Learning Initiatives


Catherine McChrystal is the Instructional Designer for the Office of Virtual Learning Initiatives at the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science. Catherine received her Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and her Master of Arts in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Learning & Instruction at the University of San Francisco. Her research is focused on ethical and appropriate use of educational technology, digital policy, and teacher training in higher education. Catherine is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco School of Education, where she teaches about digital storytelling.

Catherine manages the School’s Continuing Education learning management system, COPE course accreditation, marketing and promotion, on-demand curriculum development, and is a member of the DEIB Council’s Curriculum Reform Committee. She also records and produces the Vision Science program’s podcast, The Young Vision Scientist. On campus, Catherine co-chairs the UC Berkeley Instructional Design Community of Practice and is a founding organizing committee member of the Filipinx Faculty & Staff Association. Catherine has previously worked as an instructional designer and training program manager on the Google for Education team and for the YouTube Trust & Safety Policy team.