Brian M. Galla

Research Overview

Dr. Galla’s research combines laboratory and field research to better understand how mindfulness and self-control support academic achievement and mental health during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Please check out our lab website for more information: Motivation and Self-Regulation Lab

For Prospective Graduate Students

Are you interested in pursuing graduate study with Dr. Galla at the University of Pittsburgh? Do you have interests in motivation, self-control, and mindfulness during adolescence and emerging adulthood? If so, please contact Dr. Galla for more information about joining the lab. Please also refer to the Applied Developmental Psychology department website for information on applying to the doctoral program.

For Volunteers and Work-Study Students

If you are interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate volunteer, please contact Dr. Galla. Interested students should plan to devote 8 to 10 hours per week in the lab. Volunteers will get hands-on experience at all stages of the research process.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

The Disciplined Mind: Brief Mindfulness-Based Strategies to Improve Academic Diligence. Principal Investigator: Brian M. Galla. Co-Investigator: Angela L. Duckworth. Agency: Templeton Foundation. Project Period: 05/01/16 - 05/01/18. Amount: $306,725.
Uniting Cognitive and Motivation Science: An Opportunity Cost Model of Self-Regulated Learning. Principal Investigators: Scott H. Fraundorf & Brian M. Galla. Agency: Learning Research and Development Center. Project Period: 07/01/16 - 07/01/18. Amount: $102,950.

Recent Publications

Duckworth, A. L., Taxer, J., Eskreis-Winkler, L., Galla, B. M., & Gross, J. J. (in press). Self-control and academic achievement. Annual Review of Psychology.
Galla, B. M., Amemiya, J., & Wang, M.-T. (in press). Using expectancy-value theory to understand academic self-control. Learning and Instruction.
Galla, B. M. (2017). "Safe in my own mind:" Supporting healthy adolescent development through meditation retreats. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 53, 96-107.
Galla, B. M., *Nyquist, R. L., Duckworth, A. L., & Baime, M. (2016). Mindfulness, meet self-regulation: Boosting out-of-class meditation practice with brief action plans. Motivation Science, 2(4), 220-237.
Galla, B. M., Kaiser-Greenland, S., & Black, D. S. (2016). Mindfulness training to promote self-regulation in youth: Effects of the Inner Kids program. In K. Schonert-Reichl and R. W. Roeser (Eds.), Handbook of research on mindfulness in education. New York: Springer Press.
Brian M. Galla


University of Pittsburgh
5940 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260