Research

The Department of Educational Psychology is currently ranked 6th in the nation among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking reflects the quality research conducted by our faculty and graduate students. Our department is home to several nationally recognized research centers and grant-funded initiatives, and has consistently averaged research expenditures between $2-5 million per year. 

This success is due to the work of several research labs and facilities aimed at promoting and understanding learning, mental health, and school success. Research in our department is funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and many foundation and corporate funders. This page highlights some of the many research accomplishments and opportunities in our department.


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National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

The NDC is a technical assistance and dissemination center that supports postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, or late deafened. This center draws from evidence-based strategies to educate and engage with stakeholders across the nation. 

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Leveraging Evidence and Advancing Practice for Youth Mental Health Services

We examine the factors that promote and support the effective use of empirically supported mental health interventions for youth, evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions in low-resource settings, and emphasize research-practice partnerships.

Featured Researchers

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Research Sheds Light on Coming Out, Online

Educational Psychology Ph.D. student Matthew R. Chester and professor Aaron Rochlen were part of a team of researchers that investigated the experiences of 12 gay men who came out online using Facebook. Chester’s study sought to formulate a better understanding of gay men’s use of the social media tool for this purpose.

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How Teachers' Stress Affects Students: A Research Roundup

New research is helping to clarify how teachers become chronically stressed, and how it can affect their students’ well-being and achievement.

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Kevin Cokley: Impostor Feelings Fuel Negative Mental Health Outcomes for Minority Students

Research shows the impostor phenomenon — or feeling like a fraud due to an inability to internalize success — has been linked to psychological distress among ethnic minority students.

Labs and Research Areas

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Center for Applied Psychometric Research

Dedicated to providing cutting edge statistical and psychometric research and evaluation services to further educational improvements at the K-12 and higher education levels and to inform educators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

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Happiness is a Latent Variable (HILV) Research Group

Focuses on the nature and measurement of intelligence, and researches the variables that affect learning outcomes in school settings.

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Laboratory for Leveraging Evidence and Advancing Practice for Youth Mental Health Services (LEAP Lab)

Examines factors that promote and support effective use of empirically supported mental health interventions for youth, evaluates the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions in low-resource settings, and emphasizes research-practice partnerships.

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National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

Supports postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, or late deafened by drawing on evidence-based strategies to educate and engage with stakeholders across the nation.

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Pediatric Coping and Language Lab

Studies family, linguistic, and sociocultural influences on children’s adaptation to stress and their mental and physical health outcomes.

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Psychological and Educational Assessment Center

Serves as a training center for the graduate programs in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology and a resource for people who are seeking assessment for possible learning difficulties or conditions that may affect learning.

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Science of Learning and Metacognition Lab

Explores how people can be empowered to become motivated and effective self-regulated learners through the combination of the right mindset and the right toolset.

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Social Psychological Approaches to East Asian and Asian American Education

Focuses on family and cultural factors that affect educational outcomes. Topics include the impact of: East Asian culture, including perfectionism and shame, immigrant status in the U.S. and Asia, and only-child and socioeconomic status.

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Texas Child Study Center

TCSC, a collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and the College of Education at UT Austin, provides evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities.