College of Liberal Arts

Psychology Professor Named 2014 William T. Grant Foundation Scholar

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – David Yeager, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar for his research on the effects of social-psychological interventions across various social settings.

Yeager is one of five scholars from universities across the nation who will receive $350,000 to execute rigorous five-year research plans that stretch their skills and knowledge into new disciplines, content areas or methods. As they commence their projects, they will build mentoring relationships with experts in areas pertinent to their development. Their professional development will also be furthered through annual meetings with fellow Scholars, foundation staff and other senior researchers.

“We are pleased to support this terrific group of young Scholars,” says Vivian Tseng, vice president for program. “They are tackling important questions facing young people of color in our nation’s schools, neighborhoods, and social service systems.”

Yeager specializes in adolescent development research and in evaluating psychological interventions in education. He is currently seeking a better integration of theory and data on social settings in order to strengthen understanding of the scalability of these types of interventions.

UT Austin sociologists Robert Crosnoe and Chandra Muller will provide guidance on the measurement and analysis of settings. Uri Treisman, a public policy expert, will share his expertise about carrying out policy-relevant analyses as well as on communicating the findings to the general public. In addition, Tony Bryk at the Carnegie Foundation will serve as an informal mentor and provide statistical guidance.

Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. To date, the program has sponsored more than 150 up-and-coming researchers.

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