Christopher Rozek's research focuses on helping students manage their emotions in ways that facilitate their academic success and promote improved student well-being.
Christopher Rozek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Rozek's research focuses on helping students manage their emotions in ways that facilitate their academic success and promote improved student well-being. He utilizes laboratory and large-scale field experimental intervention studies, as well as longitudinal designs, to better understand the factors which shape students' motivation and performance. Rozek is particularly interested in how students' interpersonal relationships, identities, and feelings of social belonging (or rejection) influence academic, social, and emotional outcomes. He has conducted several randomized field trials in educational settings, which utilized interventions that were designed to promote a positive sense of identity safety and academic belonging for elementary, middle school, and high school, and college students. A major focus of this research has been harnessing psychological insights to increase equity in educational settings between students from more advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Rozek's publications in journals like Science Advances, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, AERA Open, the Journal of School Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Psychology reflect his interdisciplinary interests. Rozek was awarded an IES predoctoral fellowship from Wisconsin’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, and his dissertation work won a Robert Wood Johnson Dissertation Grant. In 2013, Rozek's research was recognized with the Cialdini Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, designated "for the publication that best explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology.” Support for Rozek's research has been provided by the Spencer Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Overdeck Family Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, and internal grants from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Rozek's work has been covered in several popular press outlets, such as The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Radiolab, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, USA Today, Ed Week, NPR, BBC, Forbes, Daily Mail, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, and Yahoo! News.
Rozek received his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following his Ph.D. work, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at Stanford University.