Jeff has been involved in educational psychology for nearly 10 years. He became interested in student motivation and laboratory research during his undergraduate studies. While pursuing his M.A., he worked as a graduate assessment consultant for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies. There he helped to analyze and refine assessment work conducted in General Education and in the Office of Residence Life. At the same time, Jeff became interested in psychological measurement and implementation fidelity while continuing to study student motivation and conducting field research.
As an Institute of Education Science predoctoral fellow, Jeff worked in the Motivate Lab at UVa. During that time he and the lab partnered with a large community college to advance his work. Jeff and the research team first received a small research fellowship, and later collaborated to secure a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to support the research. The goal of the study was to improve student success in entry-level mathematics courses using social-psychological interventions. Through quantitative and qualitative evaluation, Jeff and his colleagues continually improved facets of the research process, the collaboration process, and the content of the interventions. His dissertation explored methods for lessening the technical and practical tensions of conducting measurement in real-world settings.
Jeff has presented his work to both researchers and practitioners at national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), the International Conference on Motivation (ICM), and the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Jeff has published measurement, experimental, and longitudinal research in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal for Early Adolescence (JEA), the Journal of Educational Psychology (JEP), and Contemporary Educational Psychology (CEP).
Jeff is a post-doctoral fellow for Evaluation and Societal Advancement at CCL. He is interested in facilitating continual improvement in program development and delivery, in exploring historical and future leadership data using advanced statistical methods, and in the role of motivational factors in leadership development.
Areas of Expertise
Motivation, Measurement, Field Experiments, Implementation Fidelity
Jeff received his B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2011. He recived his M.A. in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from James Madison University in 2013. He received his Ph.D in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
Jeff is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA), and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE).
My research focuses on the intersection between content and methods. Substantively, I work on student motivation in classroom settings, particularly on perceptions of value. Methodologically, I study implementation fidelity and measurement, specifically for practical application.
Select External Publications
- Short-term motivation trajectories: A parallel process model of expectancy-value
- Enhancing interest and performance with a utility value intervention: A replication and extension.
- A practical measure of student motivation: Establishing validity evidence for the expectancy-value-cost scale in middle school.
- Expectancy-value models of achievement motivation in education.
- Measuring Fidelity in Educational Settings.
Honors, Awards, Grants
- Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network Fellow (Carnegie Foundation: 2013-2014)
- Virginia Education Science Training Fellow (University of Virginia: 2013-2017)
- Removing Barriers to Success: An Integrative Expectancy-Value Intervention (NSF)
- Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program, Ravenscroft Lead From Here, KBR Healthy Places NC