David Scott Yeager

I am an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at UT Austin.  I received my PhD from the Stanford University School of Education in 2011.  Prior to beginning my career as a researcher, I was a middle school teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I also hold an MEd in Secondary English and a BA in the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an MA in Psychology from Stanford University.  

I am interested in understanding the processes shaping adolescent development, especially how social cognitive factors interact with structural and physiological influences to create positive or negative trajectories for youth.  I am also interested in learning how to influence these psychological processes, so as to improve developmental and educational outcomes for youth.  I primarily conduct randomized experiments in school settings because I believe, as Bronfenbrennar and Lewin did, that a good way to understand the system of forces affecting behavior and development is to try to change it.  In addition, in the process of designing experiments, we can create interventions that, with some adaptation, may be useful for addressing important problems facing society. 

I also have an appointment at the UT Dana Center, where I work on understanding the psychological influences on math performance at key developmental transitions, such as the start of Algebra 1 in high school or beginning college.  In addition, I am a Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where I work on their mathematics pathway initiatives.  Finally, I am a Faculty Research Associate at the UT Population Research Center.  

Some recent collaborators

Carol Dweck

Jon Krosnick

Gregory Walton

Geoffrey Cohen