Erika Patall

Erika Patall

Assistant Professor

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506B
Thursday: 11 am - 12pm
or by Appointment



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Courses of Instruction

ALD 320 – Cognition, Human Learning, and Motivation
EDP 382 - Motivation and Emotion
ALD 328 - Applied Human Learning
EDP 382 - Current Topics in Motivation
EDP 385 - Literature Review and Research Synthesis

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1294
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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Dr. Patall is interested in the interface between social psychological theory and education. Most broadly, she studies the determinants and development of motivation and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement and underachievement. She has most frequently focused on how the provision of choice and support for autonomy may impact motivation and support other achievement related outcomes. Dr. Patall is also interested in how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement. She has studied the effects of extended school time and activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork, homework, and afterschool programs. Finally, Dr. Patall is interested in the development and use of meta-analytic methods in social science research.


2009 Ph.D. Duke University, Social Psychology

2007 M.A. Duke University, Social Psychology

2003 B.A. McGill University, Psychology

Representative Publications

Patall, E. A. (2013). Constructing motivation through choice, interest, and interestingness. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 522-534.

Patall, E. A., Cooper, H. & Allen, A. B. (2010). Extending the school day or the school year: A systematic review of research (1985-2009). Review of Educational Research, 80, 401-436.

Cooper, H. & Patall, E. A. (2009). The relative benefits of meta-analysis using individual participant data or aggregated data. Psychological Methods 14, 165-176.

Patall, E. A., Cooper, H., & Robinson, J. C. (2008). The effects of choice on intrinsic motivation and related outcomes: A meta-analysis of research findings. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 270-300.

Patall, E. A., Cooper, H. & Robinson, J. C. (2008). Parent involvement in homework: A research synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 78, 1039-1101.

Current Research Projects and Grants

The Motivational and Learning Benefits of Autonomy-Supportive Classroom Practices, William T. Grant Foundation, Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2014, $492,692.

Research Interests and Expertise

Human motivation

research synthesis

education practice and policy