Erika A. Patall is a Professor of Education and Psychology in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Her areas of expertise include the nature and determinants and development of motivation, education practices that support motivation and achievement, and research synthesis methods. Dr. Patall has published numerous articles in education and psychology 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), National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and others. Dr. Patall currently is an associate editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology and serves on the editorial boards for Psychological Bulletin, Educational Psychologist, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality, Motivation Science, and Educational Psychology Review. Dr. Patall was the recipient of the 2018 American Psychological Association Richard Snow Award for Early Contributions (Division 15, Educational Psychology) and the 2015 American Educational Research Association Division C (Learning and Instruction) Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award. 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.
Awards and Grants
2022, Best Article of 2021 from Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
2018, American Psychological Association, Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions
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.
EDUC 712 Issues in Human Motivation
EDUC 210 Breaking the Code of College Success
EDUC 684 Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
2022-present: Professor, University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
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
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 and student agency 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.
2019-2022, co-PI, NSF, Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Refutation Materials for Promoting Conceptual Change in STEM
2018-2020, PI, Spencer Foundation, Development of an Intervention to Promote Agentic Engagement in STEM High School Classrooms
2016-2018, PI, Institute of Education Sciences, A Research Synthesis of the Effects of Classroom Structure on Student Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement