I am an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. I study students' motivation to learn, with a special focus on math and science.


Understanding how and why students learn is critical for helping them to reach their full academic potential, and for addressing achievement gaps. My work focuses on understanding and improving students' motivation to learn during middle school, high school, and college. 


I explore two lines of research at the intersection of educational, developmental, and social psychology. One aims to understand how students' motivation (their beliefs, values, goals, and energy directed towards or away from learning) affects their learning behavior, engagement, and academic achievement.

The other aims to study how to improve students’ motivation to learn by developing and test motivational interventions that help students learn more effectively. These efforts aim to help close achievement gaps and promote diversity in math and science.

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Education and Training

I earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, with a double major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Educational Studies. 

I earned a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland in 2017, working with Dr. Allan Wigfield. I pursued a specialization in Educational Psychology and I also earned a graduate certificate in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation.

I completed a National Science Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship during 2017-2019, working with Dr. Judith Harackiewicz.