David Yeager
Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • Peer relationships
  • Remediation and intervention

David Yeager is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. His work often tests the effects of psychological interventions on adolescent developmental outcomes, such as bullying, depression, academic achievement, self-control, or healthy eating. These studies find that time-limited exposures to persuasive messages – what have been called “mindset interventions” – can have long-lasting effects on consequential outcomes. (See recent coverage in The New York Times.) In May, 2013, Yeager chaired and co-hosted a national summit on mindset interventions at the White House. This event led to the launch of the Mindset Scholars Network, an interdisciplinary research network housed at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. One goal is to understand the social contexts and developmental stages in which mindset strategies are most effective, and how mindset interventions interact with other approaches to social change. He is currently a William T. Grant Foundation scholar, a fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences from 2014 to 2015.