Helena  Seli

Helena Seli

Professor of Clinical Education; Director of Program Development

PhD, University of Southern California

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praks@rossier.usc.eduPhone: 213 740 6742WPH 304DCurriculum Vitae


Educational Psychology


Expert in educational psychology, including motivation, procrastination and the social factors influencing learning

Helena Seli

Helena Seli, PhD has a doctorate in educational psychology. At the USC Rossier School of Education, she teaches courses that guide students in implementing learning and motivation theory and principles to solve problems of practice. Her research interests include effective implementation of educational technology, enhancing motivation of learners in different learning environments and promoting self-regulation to optimize learning and performance outcomes.  Along with Myron H. Dembo, PhD, she is the author of “Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning” (4th edition) (Taylor and Francis, 2012).



Academic self-regulation, learning strategies, motivation, self-worth protection, possible selves of college students, use of technology in academic settings (e.g., use of electronic feedback systems in large lectures)


  • GESM 160 Seminar in Quantitative Reasoning
  • EDUC 503 Learning and Motivation 
  • EDUC 525 Challenges in Urban Education: Learning
  • EDUC 627 Education Performance Problems: Role of Learning
  • EDUC 631 Locating Educational Performance Problems
  • EDUC 587 Master's Studio A
  • EDUC 588 Master's Studio B


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