The University of Texas at Austin - Asst Professor of Psychology
David Yeager's work sits at the intersection of developmental, social, personality and educational psychology. He is interested in understanding the processes shaping adolescent development, especially how differences in adolescents’ social cognitions–their interpretations of social events and the beliefs that underlie these–can contribute to positive or negative trajectories for youth. He also has a deep interest in educational measurement and in methods to create and broadly apply measures of psychological factors affecting student outcomes. Because many psychological measures were created for theory development, and not for use by practitioners, he has been involved in developing a theory of “Practical Measurement”, and the creation of novel, scalable performance tasks to assess the so-called “non-cognitive factors” affecting students.