Research Goals


Excelling at something often has less to do with ability than it has to do with people’s mindsets and behaviors. Jessica’s work focuses on identifying beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors in students and teachers that make them effective.

Jessica and her research team then use this knowledge to design interventions to help individuals adopt adaptive mindsets and behaviors to help them succeed at their goals.

Her research addresses questions such as:

  • What mindsets do effective teachers adopt?

  • How can we, through psychological interventions, improve teaching quality and increase resilience in teachers?

  • What are the self-regulatory processes that set high achievers apart from their lower achieving peers?

  • How can we use this knowledge to help students achieve their academic goals?

  • How can we scale these interventions?