Director and Professor
Christopher A. Wolters joined the faculty at The Ohio State University and was appointed to the position of Director of the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center in August 2013. He is also a Professor for the Educational Psychology program in the Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Prior to coming to Ohio State, he was a faculty member at the University of Houston for 17 years where served terms as Program Director for the Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences, and as Associate Chair for the Department of Educational Psychology. He earned his Ph.D. in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology (1996) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Wolters has an extensive record of professional service that includes positions on the Executive Committee for Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, Division C (Learning and Instruction) for the American Educational Research Association, and the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for both Educational Psychologist and the Journal of Educational Psychology, where he recently completed a term as an Associate Editor. Dr. Wolters has a substantial record of research and scholarly publications focused on understanding students’ motivation and self-regulated learning, including the development of these processes during adolescence and how they interact to influence students’ academic engagement, learning, and achievement. Many of his studies have investigated the strategies students use to actively regulate their cognition, motivation, and behavior, and how these strategies relate to academic performance. His most recent publications include empirical studies examining college students’ self-regulation of their motivation, adolescents’ motivation for reading, and chapters describing practical and theoretical aspects of self-regulated learning among college students.
Dr. Wolters discusses connections between research and practice and provides advice for graduate students in the video below.