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Benjamin Heddy

Benjamin Heddy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies; Associate Professor

Ben Heddy

Educational Psychology
Science of Psychology, Data, and Research in Education

Phone: (405) 325-1081
Office: Collings Hall 100

View CV for Benjamin Heddy (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Engagement
  • Transformative Experience
  • Interest Development
  • Conceptual Change
  • Academic Emotions

Benjamin Heddy is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Science of Psychology, Data, and Research in Education program. In June 2023 he was named associate dean for research and graduate education. Heddy received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Southern California. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the topics of motivation, cognition, learning theory, human development and research methods.

His research program focuses on cognitive and motivational aspects of learning; including engagement, academic emotions, interest development, and further specializing in the investigation of learning activities that occur in everyday experience. As a second related line of research he studies the mechanisms of conceptual, emotion, and attitude change. His research has been published in Science Education and Psychology Today. Benjamin is currently serving as the Chair of the Committee for the Development of Early Career Educational Psychologists for Division 15 of the American Psychological Association. He has been selected to serve on the Coalition for Psychology in Schools in Education for the American Psychological Association. He won the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Mentoring Award for 2017.

Check out Dr. Heddy’s research team websites:

Director of the OU MOVE Lab:
Co-Director of the SpELLS Research Group: