Erika A. Patall
Associate Professor of Education
Ph.D., 2009, Duke University, Social Psychology
BA, 2003, McGill University, Psychology
motivation, autonomy support, choice provision, education practices, research synthesis, meta-analysis
Erika A. Patall is an Associate Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Her areas of expertise include the nature and determinants of motivation, education practices that support motivation and achievement, and research synthesis methods. Dr. Patall has published numerous articles in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Educational Psychology, Review of Educational Research, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Psychological Methods, and Educational Psychology Review, among others. She has been awarded grants from the William T. Grant Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and others. Dr. Patall currently serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, and Educational Psychology Review. She was a recipient of the American Educational Research Association Division C (Learning and Instruction) Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award in 2015 and the Early Career Award from the Out-of-School Time special interest group of the American Educational Research Association in 2010. She was a co-recipient of the American Educational Research Association Review of Research Award in 2007. Dr. Patall has previously held appointments at The University of Texas at Austin, where she served as faculty from 2010 to 2016. She received her Bachelors in Psychology at McGill University in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Duke University in 2009.
Dr. Erika A. Patall is interested in the interface between social psychological theory and education. Most broadly, Dr. Patall studies the determinants and development of motivation and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement. She has most frequently focused on how the provision of choice and other supports for autonomy may impact motivation and support various achievement related outcomes. She is also interested in how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement, including activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork. Finally, Dr. Patall is interested in the development and use of research synthesis methods in social science research.
2017- present: Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
2016: Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Educational Psychology
2010-2016: Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Educational Psychology
Honors and Awards:
2015, American Educational Research Association Division C (Learning and Instruction) Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award
2010, Emerging Scholar Award (Early Career Category), American Educational Research Association, Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group
2007, American Educational Research Association Review of Research Award
GESM 161g Mind, Belief, and Behavior, Learning about Learning: A Seminar in Quantitative Reasoning.
2016-2018, PI, Institute of Education Sciences, A Research Synthesis of the Effects of Classroom Structure on Student Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement