Zachary S. Brooks, PhD (Dr. Z)

Zachary S. Brooks




I am the creator of Dr. Z Podcasts, the author of 

Discovering Your Human Algorithm — 

How to live with meaning and purpose

“They say ignorance is bliss. Well, knowledge is bliss, too.”

~Dr. Z

About Dr. Z …

I graduated from both the College of Science and College of Humanities at the University of Arizona while writing my dissertation on Bilingual Decision Making. I’ve had many “lives” in various places including Silicon Valley (E*Trade and VeriSign) and Hollywood (10 credits on imdb.com) and I have learned languages along the way (German, Spanish, Portuguese). I currently serve as a Trustee for the World Transplant Games Federation which is like the International Olympic Committee for athletes with transplants.

Horoscope: As a pisces, I am  creative. As a dog, I am loyal and honest. 


Smith, E., Brooks, Z. (2019). Editorial. Being a PhD student shouldn’t be bad for your health. Nature

Przymus, S., Brooks, Z. (2019). Understanding and leveraging bilingual decision making: Implications for improving emergent bilinguals’ educational experiences and opportunities for success. In submission.

Spece, R., Spece, M., Brooks, Z. (2018). An Empirical Investigation of Racial Divisiveness and Explicitness in College Admission Programs. In submission.

Enkin, E., Nicol, J., Brooks, Z., & Zavaleta, K. (2017) Reading in Spanish as a second
language: An eye-tracking study. The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal
. Volume 17, Number 1, April 2017.

Brooks, Z. (2016). Bilingual Decision Making: Verbal Probability, Ethics, and Cognition. UA Campus Repository.

Brooks, Z. (2015). Bilingual decision making: a verbal probability study. Arizona Working Papers, Vol. 22, 62-82.

Kraut, R., Smyser, H. & Brooks, Z. (2016). Review of: Otwinowska, A. & Angelis, G. 2014. Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts: Sociolinguistic and Educational Perspectives. Journal of Language, Identity and Education.

Brooks, Z. (2010). Is Media Literacy Active or Passive? Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia19(3), 267-286


To find, record, and share stories about humans engaged in one of the 6As of life.


To create value from telling 6A stories.*

*6As = athletics, adventure, academics, art, advocacy, human algorithm

See me recording an intro for an upcoming podcast.


  • To give each Dr. Z Podcast guest the gift of listening
  • To make appearing on a Dr. Z Podcast a have-to event
  • To make Dr. Z Podcast and international brand
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