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Greg Walton
Associate Professor of Psychology
BBS Faculty Research Fellow 2016-2017
Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow 2011-12

Greg Walton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Much of his research investigates psychological processes that contribute to major social problems and how “wise” interventions that target these processes can help address such problems. These psychological interventions can be minor in scope and duration but generate longlasting effects. For instance, one 1-hour intervention he developed with Geoffrey Cohen to bolster students’ feelings of social belonging in the transition to college raised the academic achievement of ethnic minority students over 3 years, and cut by half the achievement gap with white students. Other research investigates the bases of academic motivation and of willpower, how to increase voter turnout, how to promote environmental behaviors, and how to reduce intergroup prejudice. In addition to his research, he teaches courses on psychology and social problems, including one entitled “Wise Interventions.” He earned his A.B. in Philosophy from Stanford and a PhD in Psychology from Yale University. After graduate school, he worked for a year as a fellow in the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo.