Linda Bryant Caviness PhD

Linda Bryant Caviness, Ph.D.  As current chair of La Sierra University’s Curriculum and Instruction department, Linda Caviness oversees professional teacher preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Additionally, she monitors academic studies and research at the master’s and doctoral levels. A graduate of Andrews University and University of California, Berkeley, Linda is a reading and language specialist who also specializes in the science of learning. 

For the past 20 years Linda has focused on neuroscience as it applies to education. This emphasis results from a personal tragedy when her son Tad was diagnosed with Niemann Pick disease, a rare terminal condition interfering with neuromuscular function. To help her own child, Linda began to study the brain and to network with affiliates at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, USC, and beyond.. Though Tad died just before his 17th birthday, as a tribute to him, Linda now coordinates an academic specialization at La Sierra inBrain, Affect and Education. This 7-course concentration may be incorporated into master’s and doctoral programs.
Caviness’s additional professional experience includes: teacher education program review and evaluation for the State of California, K-12 WASC evaluation, California Teaching Performance Assessment, local and national curriculum consultation, and national and international presentations on brain science and learning.


The Brain: Learning and Thriving