Chen, Patricia Q. L.
How do high-achieving students, productive employees, or top-notch athletes achieve success? It is often not just a person’s ability that makes the difference between success and failure. But it is also their beliefs and behaviors that make them effective. How can we identify these adaptive beliefs and behaviors, and how can we harness this knowledge to help people succeed at their goals?
My research focuses on the mindsets and behaviors that motivate high performance and well-being. I also study how people think strategically about how to best direct their efforts towards their goals. My work involves developing theories of motivation and strategic self-regulation, which I then use to design psychological interventions that promote the adoption of adaptive mindsets and behaviors in work, education, and health.