Hunter Gehlbach is a Professor and Faculty Lead of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. An educational psychologist by training and a social psychologist at heart, his research integrates four main areas:
- improving the social and motivational contexts of schools (e.g., his theoretical and applied work on social perspective taking),
- how social psychological approaches to storytelling might improve environmental education (e.g., by using photographs to increase learners’ valuing of biodiversity),
- helping social scientists improve their questionnaire design processes (e.g., by assessing the effort respondents are putting into surveys), and
- enhancing the rigor of educational research through open science practices.
He is an American Psychological Association Fellow of Division 15. A former high school teacher and coach, Gehlbach was on faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (2006-2015) and UCSB (2015-2019), before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins.
Keywords: High schools; social psychology; social aspects of learning; motivation; environmental education; open science; social perspective taking; survey/questionnaire research.