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UT Researcher Awarded for Transformative Work in Developmental Psychology

Fri, May 19, 2017
David Yeager
David Yeager

David Yeager will receive the American Psychological Association’s 2018 Boyd McCandless Award for his substantial early career achievements in developmental psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. 

The Boyd McCandless Award recognizes a young scientist for his or her continuous, distinguished theoretical contributions to developmental psychology and efforts toward the dissemination of developmental science. The early career award is presented by Division 7, a collaborative research unit of the APA focused on human development. 

Prior to his research career, Yeager was a middle school teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, foreshadowing his work in the UT Austin Department of Psychology leading the Adolescent Development Research Group. His work addresses adolescent development, with a focus on aggression, stress and academic achievement. Through longitudinal, randomized field experiments at key transitions — such as between middle and high school or high school and college —Yeager investigates the role of social cognitive processes in shaping adolescents' developmental trajectories. He believes that one good way to understand a developmental system is to try to change it. 

As the 2018 award winner, Yeager has been invited to address the 2018 APA meeting in San Francisco next August. 

Yeager is the second faculty member from UT to receive the award in the past three years. Psychology associate professor Cristine Legare was the 2016 award recipient. 

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