Joshua Aronson

Co-Director, Mindful Education Lab

Joshua Aronson is associate professor of developmental, social, and educational psychology at New York University.  Along with Dr. Barry H. Cohen, Joshua directs the Mindful Education Lab, a group of  psychologists and neuroscientists dedicated to using research to improve the psychological functioning and learning of children confronted with stress.

Joshua is probably best known for his pioneering research on “stereotype threat” and minority student achievement, which has been cited over 6,000 times in the academic literature, cited in four supreme court cases, and appears in every psychology textbook for over the last decade. Seeking remedies for stereotype threat, Joshua pioneered a widely used and replicated intervention, popularized by Carol Dweck under the name of the “Growth Mindset.”  Joshua’s work has been featured in popular books like Blink, Nurtureshock, Mindset, Drive, Nerve, Choke, Grit  — and books with long titles like Lean in, How Children Succeed, Intelligence and How to Get It, and Whistling Vivaldi. Before coming to NYU, he taught at both Stanford and University of Texas Austin.  Aronson’s research focuses on the social and psychological influences on learning, achievement, and well being.

Listed by Education Week as one of the most influential education scholars in America, Joshua is the Editor of Improving Academic Achievement (Academic Press) and Readings about the Social Animal, and is Co-author of best selling text, The Social Animal (Worth) with his father Elliot. Joshua has received numerous awards and grants for both research and teaching, including early career awards from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Science Foundation.  Most recently he was awarded the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology for his research on stereotype threat.  Aronson is also an award winning teacher, recipient of the G. Stanley Hall Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Carl Rogers Laureate Award from the Kappa Delta Pi (the honor Society of teachers), and the Teaching Excellence Award from NYU Steinhardt. His current work is devoted to helping schools become environments that promote excellence in cognitive, socio-emotional, and moral development.  His current work helps schools improve by incorporating mindfulness and meditation into classrooms and by developing 4-dimensional curriculum into improve IQ, curiosity, critical thinking and self-control, and purpose.  Aronson’s laboratory also works with New York University’s School to Prosperity Pipeline, which serves children aged 4 to 22, with scientifically based interventions to promote emotional functioning, wellbeing, and college readiness.