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Usher_UKEllen L. Usher, Lab Director, is Chellgren Endowed Professor at the University of Kentucky, where she holds joint appointments in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology and in Developmental Psychology. She received her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University in 2007. She hold a Master’s in middle grades education (Oglethorpe University) and a Bachelor’s in foreign language education (University of Georgia). She spent six years as an elementary and middle school teacher.

Dr. Usher’s research focuses on the sources and effects of personal efficacy beliefs. Rooted in social cognitive theory, her work examines the role that contextual and environmental factors play in the development of personal agency. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the British Journal of Educational Psychology and as an editorial board member of the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Contemporary Educational Psychology. Dr. Usher teaches courses in educational psychology, learning theories, and motivation. She also directs a research course for undergraduate students who are interested in research in educational psychology.  Email: ellen.usher [at]