Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Duckworth studies noncognitive predictors of achievement. In recent studies, she has demonstrated the dramatic impact of self-control on academic achievement and the benefits of direct interventions designed to increase self-control competence in children. Another area of research interest is grit, defined as passionate perseverance in the pursuit of a long-term goal. Grit has been shown to be a strong predictor of performance in especially challenging situations, such as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Spelling Bee. Dr. Duckworth received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013.