Lauren Pierce
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
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Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2020
M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2016
B.A. Education, University of Arizona, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Educational Research Methodology
At the University of Arizona, Dr. Lauren Pierce studied motivation and identity development within group dynamics. She researches co-regulatory aspects of motivation and identity as they relate to proactive coping and emotional regulation. These areas help inform her approach to educational psychology in classroom contexts.
Research Interests
Mental health
Team sports
Efficacy beliefs
Group processes
Canonical correlation
Team dynamics
Expectancy value
Factor analysis
Critical discourse analysis
Grounded theory
Structural equation modeling
Courses Taught
EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
EPSY 428/528 Child & Adolescent Development
EPSY 742 Psychology of Learning
MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
Selected Publications
Pope, Erbacher, & Pierce (2022) Narcissistic or Overwhelmed with Emotions? Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Pierce, L. (2022) Transitions from Post-Game to Pre-Game: The Impossible Standard of ‘Leave It On the Field’. The International Journal of Sport and Society 14 (1): 45-57. doi: 10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v14i01/45-57
Pierce, L. 2020. "Why Teams “Give Up” On Each Other: A Case Study of Efficacy Beliefs during Chronic Failure." The International Journal of Sport and Society 11 (4): 77-88. doi:10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v11i04/77-88.
Recent Presentations
Pierce, L. (2022) Identified Youth Athlete Tensions in Sport: A Co-Regulatory Approach to Identity and Development. American Psychological Association.
Pierce. L. (2021) The Role of the Coach in Co-Regulated Youth Sport Learning, American Educational Research Association, Paper Session
Pierce, L. (2020) Parent Responses to In-Game Events: An Analysis of Parent Talk During Youth Sports Play, American Psychological Association
Pope, E., Erbacher, M., & Pierce, L. (2020) Narcissistic or Overwhelmed by Emotions? Divergent Pathways to Academic Entitlement, Center for Academic Research in Education
Pierce, L. (2019) Emergent Educator Identity in the #RedForEd Movement: Applying Co-Regulation to Social Action
Professional Affiliations
Dr. Pierce's affiliations include the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Adolescents, American Psychological Association, Society for Research on Adolescence, Sport & Society Research Network, Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, and Psi Chi Honors Society.
Champion for Inclusion: Spring 2022, awarded by nomination from students at Northern State University
Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Spring 2020, awarded by the College of Education at the University of Arizona
Graduate Student Research Fellowship: Spring 2020, awarded by Department of Educational Psychology and the College of Education (U of A)
Educational Psychology Fellowship: Fall 2016-Spring 2019, awarded by Department of Educational Psychology (U of A)