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Eric Smith

Postdoctoral FellowPh.D., UT Austin

Eric Smith



Eric N. Smith is a postdoctoral fellow in the Population Research Center at UT Austin, working with Dr. David Yeager. He received his PhD in social psychology from Stanford University. His research examines how students’ perceptions of teachers can promote identity safety and motivation, and the role teachers can play in boosting the effectiveness of social-psychological interventions. One current line of research examines how instructors can provide messages of broad regard—communicating that multiple dimensions of a student’s identity are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued—to promote academic success. As part of the Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute (TxBSPI), he is collaborating with instructors in the College of Natural Sciences at UT to develop direct-to-student messaging and instructor trainings to improve educational experiences in introductory college courses.

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