Briefs & Infographics

From Orientation to Graduation: An Evidence-Based Framework for Student Success

Almost every student struggles sometimes in college, whether in experiencing difficulties making friends, receiving a low grade on an exam, or navigating complex course registration systems. This brief outlines how students' psychological experiences can shape their well-being and achievement throughout college, and how schools can support their students in these pivotal moments.

Infographic: Administrator & Student Perspectives on Academic Standing
CTC surveyed administrators and students at diverse colleges and universities across the country as part of the Student Academic Standing Success Project. This infographic outlines what each group shared, and how schools may be able to improve the likelihood students return to good standing through revisions to probation notification practices.

Science & Research

A social-belonging intervention benefits higher weight students’ weight stability and academic achievement
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2020
Authors: Christine Logel, Joel M. Le Forestier, Eben B. Witherspoon,and Omid Fotuhi

A social-belonging intervention improves STEM outcomes for students who speak English as a second language
Science advances, 2020
Authors: Jennifer LaCosse, Elizabeth A. Canning, Nicholas A. Bowman, Mary C. Murphy, and Christine Logel

A customized belonging intervention improves retention of socially disadvantaged students at a broad-access university
Science Advances, 2020
Authors: Mary C. Murphy, Maithreyi Gopalan, Evelyn R. Carter, Katherine T. U. Emerson, Bette L. Bottoms and Gregory M. Walton

A brief social-belonging intervention in college improves adult outcomes for black Americans
Science Advances, 2020
Authors: Shannon T. Brady, Geoffrey L. Cohen, Shoshana N. Jarvis, and Gregory M. Walton.

Feeling Like an Imposter: The Effect of Perceived Classroom Competition on the Daily Psychological Experiences of First-Generation College Students
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2019
Authors: Elizabeth Canning, Jennifer LaCosse, Kathryn Kroeper, and Mary C. Murphy

The Racial Composition of Students’ Friendship Networks Predicts Perceptions of Injustice and Involvement in Collective Action
Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 2018
Authors: Evelyn R. Carter, Shannon T. Brady, Lisel Alice Murdock‐Perriera, Madison Kawakami Gilbertson, Tsotso Ablorh, and Mary C. Murphy

Teaching a Lay Theory Before College Narrows Achievement Gaps at Scale
Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences of the United States of America, 2016
Authors: David S. Yeager, Gregory M. Walton, Shannon T. Brady, Ezgi N. Akcinar, David Paunesku, Laura Keane, Donald Kamentz, Gretchen Ritter, Angela Lee Duckworth, Robert Urstein, Eric M. Gomez, Hazel Rose Markus, Geoffrey L. Cohen, and Carol S. Dweck

Two Brief Interventions to Mitigate a “Chilly Climate” Transform Women’s Experience, Relationships, and Achievement in Engineering
Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
Authors: Gregory M. Walton, Christine Logel, Jennifer M. Peach, Steven J. Spencer, Mark P. Zanna

The New Science of Wise Psychological Interventions
Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2014
Authors: Gregory M. Walton

A Brief Social-Belonging Intervention Improves Academic and Health Outcomes of Minority Students
Science, 2011
Authors: Gregory M. Walton & Geoffrey L. Cohen

A Question of Belonging: Race, Social Fit, and Achievement
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2007
Authors: Gregory M. Walton & Geoffrey L. Cohen