Dr. Emily Hangen
Emily Hangen serves as a College Fellow at Harvard University and is a postdoctoral member of the Stress & Development Lab. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of Rochester. The overarching focus of Dr. Hangen’s research is understanding how social influences affect students’ approach and avoidance motivation, mental health, and academic achievement. The aim of her work is to elucidate motivational processes in order to inform instructional practices and to develop interventions that optimize student outcomes. Dr. Hangen’s research is grounded in achievement goal theory and the biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat. Areas of interest include stress reappraisal, shifts in performance goal adoption, motivation during competition, and the adverse effects of positive stereotypes and high expectations.