Carly D. Robinson

Ph.D. Candidate in Education, Harvard University


As a former teacher and coach, I have seen how social interactions can change the trajectory of people’s lives. Motivated by my experiences and decades of research on the importance of relationships, I study the social side of teaching and learning. Specifically, I explore how we can leverage social support to improve students’ educational and life outcomes. Teachers, parents, and students hold beliefs that can facilitate or impede effective educational behaviors, and these beliefs can have profound implications for student success. Through my research, I investigate how social-psychological interventions that target these beliefs can result in positive behavioral changes. Click here to learn more about my research.  

I am a current Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and affiliated with the Social Psychology in Education & the Environment (SPiEE) Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Student Social Support (S3) R&D Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to starting my doctoral program, I worked as a New York City teacher and then as a Research Fellow in the S3 Lab managing and implementing randomized field experiments related to education. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.