Joshua Aronson, PhD

Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU

Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Relevant Affiliation: The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Areas of Expertise: Social psychology of education; Increasing intelligence, self-control, and social skills; Stereotyping/prejudice; Self-esteem, cognitive dissonance, self-affirmation and learning

Education: MA and PhD in Social Psychology, Princeton University


Joshua Aronson is associate professor of developmental, social, and educational psychology at New York University. Focusing on the social and psychological influences on academic achievement, he has won numerous awards for his scholarship, including the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, the William T. Grant Scholars Award, and the Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Professor Aronson has conducted extensive research identifying and studying “stereotype threat.” This is the idea that certain groups are treated in accordance with stereotypes and that this engenders a number of interesting psychological and physiological responses, many of which interfere with intellectual performance and academic motivation. He also published the seminal research on the “growth mindset,” which showed that teaching students about their capacity for intellectual growth helps students academically. Both of these studies are classics in the field. The focus of Dr. Aronson’s recent work is on creating scalable interventions that any teacher can use to improve the performance and learning of their students.

Professor Aronson is one of the most frequently cited psychologists in the past decade, and on Education Week’s list of the most influential education scholars. He is Co-Author of The Social Animal, and editor of Improving Academic Achievement, Readings About the Social Animal, and The Scientist and The Humanist.

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