Carissa Romero

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Achievement gap
  • Character education
  • Child development
  • College readiness
  • Engagement
  • Readiness

Carissa Romero is an expert on learning mindsets – the beliefs that help students stay resilient in the face of challenges. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Stanford University, where she worked with Professor Carol Dweck. Her graduate work focused on children and adolescents’ beliefs about the malleability of traits. Decades of research show that people who believe traits can be developed – a growth mindset – are more resilient in the face of challenges compared to people who believe traits are fixed at birth – a fixed mindset. Romero’s research has examined how parents’ language relates to their children’s mindsets and how mindsets predict the trajectory students take during adolescence. As a second-year doctoral student, Romero co-founded PERTS with classmate Dave Paunesku to close the gap between mindset science and education practice by developing and evaluating intervention techniques that could be delivered on a socially meaningful scale over the Internet.