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Christine Vriesema

Christine Vriesema
  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology

As an educational psychologist, my two primary research interests focus on students and teachers in elementary and secondary school settings. In one research area, I investigate how to increase teachers’ job satisfaction. Improving teachers’ work experiences not only supports teachers’ own well-being and retention but can support their students’ motivation and achievement as well. In my second research area, I explore teachers’ and students’ experiences with making mistakes. I specifically examine how school settings can shape the way teachers and students respond to academic setbacks. Lastly, in addition to my two main areas of research, I also work with others to use educational psychology perspectives to address environmental issues (e.g., encouraging people to value biodiversity more).  

Teaching Interests

Educational Psychology

Research Methods

Applications of Psychology in Educational Settings


Ph.D., University of Arizona (Educational Psychology)

M.A., University of Arizona (Educational Psychology)

B.A., Pomona College (Psychology)

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association

American Psychological Association