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Gregory M. Walton
Affiliated Faculty

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.