David S. Yeager

David Yeager is an assistant professor of developmental psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a leading researcher on student motivation, the social-cognitive development of adolescents, and aggression and bullying. Yeager’s research on strategies for helping student persevere in the face of academic challenges has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and other national publications and he has presented his work at the White House and many other influential settings.

Yeager also serves as a faculty research associate at the University of Texas’s Population Research Center, a research fellow at the Charles A. Dana Center, a fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the co-chair of the Mindset Scholars Network. Previously, Yeager held fellowships at the Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Education Pioneers, the Spencer Foundation, among other organizations. He has received many scholarly awards. Yeager has a doctorate in education from Stanford University. He started his career as a middle school language arts teacher and basketball coach in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

Work by David S. Yeager

Reducing the ‘Toxic Stress’ of Starting High School

In a few weeks, roughly 4 million students will enter high school for the first time. About two-thirds of them will get worse grades than they did in…