Psychology Department
Jennifer Fredricks profile

Jennifer Fredricks

Job Title
Dean of Academic Departments and Programs
Professor of Psychology
Olin 213

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