Stephanie Wormington

Stephanie Wormington, PhD

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Former Director, Global Strategic Research

Former Role at CCL

Stephanie Wormington is a researcher with a background in developmental and educational psychology. As the Director of Global Research at CCL, her primary focus was on incorporating network analysis into new and existing leadership development efforts. She provided research support for various internal and external projects involving network analysis, with the goal of helping leaders understand how formal and informal relationships in the workplace contribute to their organization’s growth. She was particularly interested in how workplace relationships can support or undermine motivation and organizational trust, and identifying strategies to create robust networks.


Before joining us, Stephanie was an assistant professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is also a Mindset Scholars Network fellow, youth coach, and mentor. Her work has focused primarily on helping students navigate key life transitions and identifying contextual barriers to students’ success at the classroom, institutional, and policy levels. Most recently, Stephanie has partnered with educators to support students over the transition from high school to postsecondary settings and the workplace.

Stephanie enjoys using advanced statistical methods to help clients solve real-world problems. She has been involved in assessing social influences through network analysis, documenting heterogeneity through person-oriented approaches, tailoring interventions through improvement science and randomized controlled trials, and evaluating motivation through pragmatic measurement. Stephanie also enjoys working hands-on with clients to help them identify and achieve their long-term goals.

Educational Background

Stephanie has a PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University, an MA in Developmental Psychology from Duke University, and a BA in Psychology from Reed College.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

Stephanie is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and American Psychological Association (APA). She is also a contributing editor for Child Development.

Honors, Awards, Grants

Stephanie has achieved several honors for her academic work, including the following:

  • Mindset Scholars Network Fellow
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • Clifford E. Erickson Memorial Fund Scholarship, Michigan State University
  • College of Education Research Development Fellow, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

Change DEI / EDI Development Motivation Network Analysis Trust
  • Developmental Systems
  • Education & Work Transitions
  • Postsecondary Success
  • Social-Psychological Interventions
  • Social Relationships

More About Stephanie

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Featured in Other Publications

Authored by CCL Senior Director of Programs and Products, Mary Abraham and CCL Director, Global Strategic Research, Stephanie Wormington, in Chief Learning Officer.

Authored by CCL Senior Research Scientist and Manager of Global Strategic Research Stephanie Wormington, and CCL Research Associate Sarah Pearsall, in Training Magazine.

Authored by CCL Senior Research Scientist and Manager of Global Strategic Research Stephanie Wormington, in ATD Magazine.

Authored by CCL Senior Research Scientist and Manager of Global Strategic Research Stephanie Wormington and Research Associate Sarah Pearsall, in Talent Management.

Authored by CCL Senior Research Scientist and Manager of Global Strategic Research Stephanie Wormington, in Chief Learning Officer.