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Eunjin Seo

Postdoctoral FellowPh.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Eunjin Seo



Motivation, emotion, identity, educational achievement, educational disparities, STEM achievement, adolescent, race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, daily diary design, meta-analysis


I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Research Center and the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Dr. David Yeager on adolescents' mindset and stress responses.

 My research seeks to understand the dynamic interplay between motivation, achievement, and well-being during adolescence to improve adolescents’ trajectories on the path to adulthood. My research combines a social-psychological approach to motivation with an ecological approach to development to shed light on how the environment shapes situational motivation and stress responses, which, in turn, accumulate consequences for long-term achievement and well-being.

To accomplish this, my research draws on high-intensity situational data—repeated measures, daily diaries, continuous physiological monitoring—and connects them with longitudinal data on administrative and clinical outcomes. Further, my studies often use large, multi-site studies to understand how these micro-psychological processes play out across different environments with different levels of resources, opportunities, or constraints.


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