Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

Formal First Name
1946 - present

Carol Dweck is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Dr. Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, where she works on bridging and examining the self-conceptions people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. As a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, Dr. Dweck’s focuses on why people succeed and how to foster their success. Her work is influential among educators and increasingly among business leaders as well. Dr. Dweck has also held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world. She has advised governments on educational and economic policies. Dr. Dweck’s bestselling book Mindset has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 26 languages. She has also published over 100 publications, including several books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Academic History


  • Dr. Dweck promotes a growth mindset as more adaptive than a fixed mindset, encouraging everyone in developing a growth mindset.

  • Her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success, and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine student's motivation and learning.

  • In the context of education, Dr. Dweck has sought to understand why some students give up in the face of failure, while others thrive.

  • She also looks at the origins of self-conceptions, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.


  • 2020 William James Award, Association for Psychological Science

  • 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award,  Society for Experimental Social Psychology

  • 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

  • 2013 James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Psychological Science

  • 2011 Gallery of Scientists, Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences

  • 2011 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association

  • 2011 Beckman Mentoring Award, Columbia University

  • 2010 Thorndike Career Achievement Award in Educational Psychology, American Psychological Association

  • 2010 Klingenstein Award for Leadership in Education, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University

  • 2009 Ann L. Brown Award for Research in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois

  • 2008 Award for Innovative Program of the Year, "Brainology"

  • 2008 Donald Campbell Career Achievement Award in Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

  • 2004 Book Award for Self-Theories, World Education Federation


  • Her work has been featured in almost every major national publication, and she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and 20/20.

  • Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.