Media Coverage


Adolescent Health

November 2019:

The TelegraphHow finding your purpose in life could help you sleep better

June 2019:

Nature Human Behaviour editorialScience That Can Change the World

April 2019:

Martket Watch, A New Way to Get Your Teens to Stop Buying Junk Food – Tell Them They’re Being Manipulated

October 2016:

Slate Magazine, If You Want Your Teenage Kids to Eat Healthy, Try Reverse Psychology

September 2016:

Op-Ed in The Dallas Morning News,  Our Traditional Approach to Nutrition Education Does Nothing for Teens

The New York Times, Can Teenage Defiance be Manipulated for Good?

The Guardian, Teenagers More Likely to Eat Healthy if They Think it is Rebellious 

New York Magazine, Teens Willing to Eat Healthy if it Will Piss Off Their Parents


Adolescent Motivation

October 2019:

Big ThinkWhy we need to praise kids’ teachability — not just their ability.

Two Pint PLC, 032 Laurence Improves His Feedback

August 2019:

Education Week (online),  National Study Bolsters Case for Teaching “Growth Mindset

March 2017:

EdSource, Suspension Rates for African-American Students Escalate in Middle School

Science News for Students, For Minority Students to Succeed, Teachers Need to Earn Trust

February 2017:

Education Week, When School Doesn’t Seem Fair, Students May Suffer Lasting Effects

CNN, What Happens When Students Notice Racial Bias?

UT News, A Trust Gap May Hinder Academic Success for Minorities

July 2016:

Harvard Business Review, The Antidote to Our Anxious Times is a Learning Mindset

September 2014:

The Atlantic, How to Motivate Students to Work Harder

August 2014:

KQED News, How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

July 2014:

KQED News, New Research: Students Benefit From Learning That Intelligence is Not Fixed


Adolescent Stress, Depression, and Aggression

August 2019:

The Conversation, The Start of High School Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

July 2019:

NBC News Learn: Parent Toolkit, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means to Teens

October 2018:

Education Week, The Teen Brain: How Schools Can Help Students Manage Emotions and Make Better Decisions

August 2018

The Conversation, The Start of High School Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

FutureEd, Reducing the ‘Toxic Stress’ of Starting High School

July 2018:

Fox 7 Austin, Science in Film: ‘Eighth Grade’

December 2016:

Greater Good Science Center, The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of A Meaningful Life” in 2016

October 2016:

WGN-TV morning news, Dr. David Yeager on Dealing With Teenagers

KQED, Could a Growth Mindset Help Teens Cope With Stress?

September 2016:

The New York Times, Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

August 2016:

Julie Rose on SiriusXM, The Most Important Thing a Teen Can Learn in School

The Atlantic, Would You Be Happier With a Different Personality?

June 2016:

The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts News, Lessons on Personalities Help Teens Cope With Social Stressors

September 2014:

NPR blog, Hearing That Things Can Change Helps Teens Dodge Depression


College Persistence

September 2019:

News from the College of Natural Science, You Belong Here: What It Takes For Success in College (Audio)

June 2018:

The Chronicle of Higher Education, A Third of You Freshmen Disappear. How Can You Keep Them?

September 2016:

Insights by Stanford Business, The Power of Realistic Expectations

August 2016:

The New York Times, Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure

June 2016:

The Daily Texan, Disadvantaged College Students Perform Better When Aware of Upcoming Challenges, Study Shows

The Wall Street Journal, A Small Fix in Mind-Set Can Keep Students in School

May 2016:

Stanford News Center, New Research Demonstrates How Specific Interventions Can Boost Success of First Generation and Minority Students in College

June 2015:

KQED News, Can Text Messages and Interventions Nudge Students Through High School?

May 2014:

The New York Times, Who Gets to Graduate?


Educational Policy and Practice

October 2019:

FutureEd, Podcast: Teacher Mindsets and Student Success.

August 2019:

Education Week (online),  National Study Bolsters Case for Teaching “Growth Mindset.

April 2016:

The Diane Rehm Show, Grading Schools on Student Resilience and Self-Control