The American Psychological Association (APA) has elected Professor Christopher Wolters, from the Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) to Fellow Status. His election stems from his substantial research and scholarly contributions to the field of educational psychology. Specifically Wolters' research is in the area of self-regulated learning, including motivation, metacognition, and learning strategies.
APA awards fellowships in 54 divisions, or areas of interest which include; Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics. Wolters' distinguishes his work in the area of Educational Psychology from the other APA divisions. "It provides groundwork that can be used to better understand and improve instructional practices that better support students’ learning and achievement", he said.
Wolters is honored to receive this award because it is recognition by one of the largest and most prestigious national research organizations in his field. "I have worked hard to contribute and it is great when others recognize that," said Wolters. His advice to researchers who are just beginning, "work hard and develop an area of research that you are passionate about."
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.