Role at CSBS: Interim Director
Education: Ph.D. in Psychology, New York University
Research Interests: The central question guiding Eva’s research is that of how to facilitate children’s motivation and achievement in school. Eva’s research group focuses primarily on the role of parents. She is currently studying how parents can optimize children’s mathematics learning. A key theme of Eva’s research is understanding how the cultural context in which children and parents reside shapes children’s motivation and achievement, particularly in the United States and China.
About Eva: During her time at the University of Illinois, Eva has developed a deep appreciation for the wide range of innovative social behavioral science across disciplines on the campus. She has much optimism that by working together social behavioral scientists will make major contributions toward addressing society’s most pressing problems. Key to this endeavor is a wide variety of approaches, some of which involve building collaborations with the public. As a Provost Fellow at the University of Illinois, Eva worked to revise the promotion and tenure process to better support diverse forms of research (e.g., team research and publicly engaged research).