David Yeager is an experimental developmental psychologist in the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly, he was a middle school English teacher and a K-8 PE coach for a school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also coached middle school basketball and ran the after-school book club.
In his academic research, he examines the causes of and solutions to adolescent health problems such as bullying, depression, academic achievement, cheating, trust, or healthy eating. He often focuses on adolescent transitions—the transition to middle school, the transition to high school, or the transition to college—as a place where there is great opportunity (and risk) for young people’s trajectories.