Kate Snyder

Kate Snyder

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 310 - College of Education & Human Development
kesnyd02 @louisville.edu

Dr. Snyder's curriculum vita [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, Duke University, 2012
  • MA, Developmental Psychology, Duke University, 2011
  • BA, Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2007


Broadly, I study the development of achievement motivation. I examine how student motivational beliefs and behaviors interact with the educational context to contribute to underachievement, particularly among gifted students. In this research, I integrate across multiple theoretical perspectives in motivation and have proposed a theoretical model of multiple pathways in the development of underachievement. My empirical approach to testing mechanisms and psychological processes within this model includes multiple methods such as longitudinal analysis, instrument development, and experimental methodology. Some of my current projects include:

  • An exploration of pre-service teachers’ beliefs about giftedness and intelligence
  • A meta-analysis aimed at understanding the effectiveness of interventions for underachieving students
  • An investigation of how motivational beliefs contribute to academic achievement and retention among first year undergraduates enrolled in engineering

Current Externally Funded Grants

  • Reaching Academic Potential Project
    Source: U.S. Department of Education Javits Grant
    Role: Co-evaluator
    Funding: $1,199,121
    Duration 2015-2018
  • Cadre and Faculty Development Course 2016: Pilot Project
    Source: U.S. Department of Defense (via U.S. Army, Training and Doctrine Command)
    Role: Co-evaluator
    Funding: $848,000
    Duration 2016-2017
    Principal & Project Director: Jeffrey C. Sun; Co-PI: Jessica Buckley

Teaching Areas

  • Human Development
  • Developmental Theory
  • Educational Psychology

Honors & Awards

  • UofL Faculty Favorite, 2014 and 2015
  • Path Breaker Award (Research on Giftedness, Creativity, & Talent SIG; American Educational Research Association, 2015
  • Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award (Division 15, American Psychological Association), 2014
  • Research and Evaluation Network Dissertation Award (National Association for Gifted Children), 2013

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)

Selected Publications

  • Snyder, K. E., Adelson, J. L. (in press). The development and validation of the Perceived Academic Underachievement Scale. The Journal of Experimental Education.
  • Makel, M., Snyder, K. E., Thomas, C., Malone, P. S., & Putallaz, M. (2015). Gifted students’ implicit beliefs about intelligence and giftedness. Gifted Child Quarterly, 59, 203-212.
  • Snyder, K. E., Malin, J. L., Dent, A. L., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (2014). The message matters: The role of implicit beliefs about giftedness and failure experiences in academic self-handicapping. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106, 230-241.
  • Snyder, K. E., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (2013). A developmental, person-centered approach to exploring multiple motivational pathways in gifted underachievement. Educational Psychologist, 48, 209-228.