Dr. Dave Paunesku studies the psychology of learning—his work investigates how educators can create optimal conditions for student success. He is the founding director of PERTS, a center at Stanford University that helps educators apply insights from the psychological sciences to improve students’ educational experiences and outcomes. Hundreds of high schools and colleges across the United States are currently using PERTS’s free, evidence-based programs to raise achievement, retention, and student success.

Paunesku’s work with academic, industry, and government partners has led to the development of evidence-based resources that have reached millions of learners worldwide. His work has been published in leading academic journals, including Nature, Psychological Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It has also been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Atlantic, USA Today, and The College Dropout Scandal.

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