Piya C. Sorcar

Piya C. Sorcar, MA, PhD

Adjunct Affiliate at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
Founder and CEO of TeachAIDS

460 S. California Ave., Suite 303
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Research Interests

anthropology and education; chronic disease prevention and treatment; economics of education; international comparative education; learning design; problem-based learning; social-psychological aspects of human-interactive media interaction; technology assessment; technology in teaching and learning


Dr. Piya Sorcar is the Founder and CEO of TeachAids, a Lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, and an Adjunct Affiliate at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She leads a team of world experts in medicine, public health, and education to address some of the world’s largest public health problems.

Founded in 2009, TeachAids is a 501(c)3 social impact venture that designs and develops research-based educational technology applications to address persistent problems in global health education. Today, its HIV prevention software is being used by governments, NGOs, and educational institutions in 82 countries. It is supported and funded by Barclays, Google, UNICEF, Microsoft, and federal governments around the world. TeachAids recently launched CrashCourse, a research-based virtual reality application to educate youth athletes about concussions in sports. CrashCourse is being distributed through numerous national sports organizations, including Pop Warner, USA Football, and the US Olympic Committee.

Sorcar received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design and her M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Journalism, and B.S. in Information Systems. She has spoken at leading universities such as Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tsinghua, and Yale. In 2011, MIT Technology Review named her to its TR35 list of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35. In 2016, she became the youngest recipient of Stanford’s Alumni Excellence in Education Award.