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Gregory M. Walton
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Biography 

Greg
 Walton
 is
 an 
Assistant
 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 long‐ lasting 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, and how to promote environmental behaviors. 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.