Stephanie WormingtonDirector, Strategic Research


    Stephanie is a researcher with a background in developmental and educational psychology. Prior to joining CCL, she was an assistant professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is also a Mindset Scholars Network fellow, youth coach, and mentor. Her work has focused primarily on helping students navigate key life transitions and identifying contextual barriers to students’ success at the classroom, institutional, and policy levels. Most recently, Stephanie has partnered with educators to support students over the transition from high school to postsecondary settings and the workplace.

    Stephanie enjoys using advanced statistical methods to help clients solve real-world problems. She has been involved in assessing social influences through network analysis, documenting heterogeneity through person-oriented approaches, tailoring interventions through improvement science and randomized controlled trials, and evaluating motivation through pragmatic measurement. Stephanie also enjoys working hands-on with clients to help them identify and achieve their long-term goals.

    Current Role

    Stephanie’s primary focus is on incorporating network analysis into new and existing leadership development efforts. She provides research support for various internal and external projects involving network analysis, with the goal of helping leaders understand how formal and informal relationships in the workplace contribute to their organization’s growth. She is particularly interested in how workplace relationships can support or undermine motivation and organizational trust, and identifying strategies to create robust networks.

    Educational Background

    Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University
    M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University
    B.A. in Psychology from Reed College

    Professional Affiliations and Certifications

    American Educational Research Association (AERA); Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA); American Psychological Association (APA). She is also a contributing editor for Child Development.

    Curriculum Vitae

    Honors, Awards, Grants

    • Mindset Scholars Network Fellow
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
    • American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
    • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University
    • Clifford E. Erickson Memorial Fund Scholarship, Michigan State University
    • College of Education Research Development Fellow, Michigan State University


    Stephanie Wormington

    Areas of Expertise

    Motivation & Affect, Network Analysis, Social Relationships, Developmental Systems, Social-Psychological Interventions, Education & Work Transitions, Postsecondary Success, Change, Development

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