Paul A. O'Keefe, Ph.D.


Paul A. O'Keefe is now Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Mindsets and Motivation Lab at YaleNUS College


Paul A. O’Keefe, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University working with Carol S. Dweck. His research focuses on the pursuit of goals with particular attention to motivation, interest, implicit self-theories, and self-regulation.

Dr. O'Keefe earned a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. After graduation, he joined the Yale University Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise as a research assistant where he worked with Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko. In 2009, he completed his doctoral training in social psychology at Duke University where he studied under James Y. Shah and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. Before beginning his fellowship at Stanford, he was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University working with Jan Plass and Bruce Homer.