Psychology Department
Jennifer Fredricks profile

Jennifer Fredricks

Job Title
Professor of Psychology
Bailey 101E

Research interests

My research interests include student engagement, motivation, educational interventions, extracurricular participation, and gender-role socialization. I have examined these questions in large scale longitudinal studies of child and adolescent development, in-depth classroom observational studies, and interview studies.

Teaching interests

Adolescent Development; Educational Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Child and Family Policy


Selected Publications

Fredricks, J.A., Reschly, A., & Christenson, S. (Eds.) (2019). Handbook of student engagement interventions: Working with disengaged youth. Elsevier Press.

Fredricks, J. A., Parr, A., Amemiya, J., Wang, M. T., & Brauer, S. (2019). What matters for urban adolescents’ engagement and disengagement in school: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adolescent Research. 34(5), 491–527.

Fredricks, J. A., Hofkens, T., Wang, M. T., Mortenson, E. & Scott, P. (2018). Supporting girls’ and boys’ engagement in math and science learning: A mixed methods study. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 55, 145-317.

Fredricks, J. A., Filsecker, M., & Lawson, M. (2016). (Eds.). The role of engagement in achievement, adjustment, and school completion. Learning and Instruction, 43.

Simpkins, S., Fredricks, J. A., & Eccles, J. S. (2015). Parent beliefs to youth choices in academics and leisure: Mapping the sequence of predictors from childhood to adolescence. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 2, 1-151.

Fredricks, J. A. (2014). The eight myths of student disengagement: Creating classrooms of deep learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Wang, M. T. & Fredricks, J. A. (2014). The reciprocal links between school engagement and youth problem behavior during adolescence. Child Development, 85, 722-737.

Fredricks, J. A., & Simpkins, S. (Eds.) (2013). Organized out-of-school activities: Settings for peer relationships. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 140.

Bohnert, A., Fredricks, J. A., & Randall, E. (2010). Capturing unique dimensions of youths’ organized activity involvement: Theoretical and methodological considerations. Review of Educational Research, 4, 576-610.

Fredricks, J. A., & Eccles, J. S. (2006). Is extracurricular participation associated with beneficial outcomes: Concurrent and longitudinal relations? Developmental Psychology, 42, 698-713.

Fredricks, J. A., Blumenfeld, P. C. & Paris, A. (2004). School engagement: Potential of the concept: State of the evidence. Review of Educational Research, 74, 59-119.

Fredricks, J. A., & Eccles, J. S. (2002). Children’s competence and value beliefs from childhood to adolescence: Growth trajectories in two “male-typed” domains. Developmental Psychology, 38, 519-533.

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Academic credentials

B.A., Columbia University; M.A, Ph.D., University of Michigan