Daphna Oyserman


  • Academic counseling
  • Achievement gap
  • African American students
  • Asian students
  • Career and technical education
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Early college
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Poverty
  • Transition to adulthood

Daphna Oyserman is professor of psychology, professor of education and communication and co-founder of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center at the University of Southern California. She examines how small changes in context can shift mindsets. Studied effects of mindsets include when the future starts, what difficulty implies, and whether people automatically perceive connections, hierarchy, or a main point. Honors include the Humboldt Scientific Contribution Prize of the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and two Society for Social Work Research Best Scholarly Contribution awards. She was a W.T. Grant faculty scholar and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Oyserman earned her doctorate in psychology and social work at the University of Michigan.