Sandra Graham, Ph.D.


Professor of Psychological Studies in Education
Department of Education
University of California, Los Angeles
Email: shgraham@ucla.edu

Sandra Graham is a professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Chair of the Department of Education at University of California, Los Angeles. She also received her degree in Education at UCLA. Dr. Graham’s teaching interests include achievement motivation, attribution theory, motivation in minority groups, social development, adolescent development, risk and resiliency. Her research interests are in the areas of cognitive approaches to motivation, the development of attributional processes, motivation in African Americans, peer-directed aggression and victimization. She is extensively published in these areas of expertise. Dr. Graham is currently the Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, and the W. T. Grant Foundation. She also is the recipient of an Independent Scientist Award, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a former recipient of the Early Contribution Award from Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and a former Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. Among her professional activities, Dr. Graham is an Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology, a member of the National Research Council Panel on Adolescent Health, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. As a member of the UCR-ACE core faculty, one of Dr. Graham’s contributions has been a study on risk factors for adolescents transitioning from middle school to high school.

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