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Ellen L. Usher, Ph.D.

Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
249 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-8647

Dr. Usher received her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University in 2007. Her research focuses on the sources and effects of beliefs of personal efficacy from the perspective of social cognitive theory. She is the research director of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab, which aims to examine academic motivation in a variety of contexts and to identify practices that best promote and sustain the motivation learners need to acquire skills essential for success and well-being. Dr. Usher has a joint appointment in the Developmental, Social, and Health Psychology program in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Usher teaches courses in educational psychology, learning theories, and motivation. She is a full member of the Graduate Faculty.

Research Website

Research categories: Learning, Self-Beliefs, Motivation, Educational Psychology