Tanner LeBaron Wallace is an Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. She is an expert in qualitative methods, pioneering the cued-video-response procedure to generate robust data records of individual and collective perceptions of instructional interactions. Her research focuses on how teachers naturally communicate psychological messages during their instructional practice, and how interpersonal connections form social and relational contexts for motivation. Tanner passionately invests in teacher education; her most noteworthy contributions include developing a year-long course focused on enhancing teachers’ social-emotional competencies and promoting critical race consciousness among white educators. Her work has been published in a variety of education research journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Urban Education.
Tanner earned her B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Asian Studies from the University of Virginia, her M.Ed. in Adolescent Risk and Prevention from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Education specializing in social research methods from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh and is part of the 1999 Mississippi Delta Corps of Teach for America.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Geoffrey Cohen), The role of psychologically wise teaching in student achievement, Raikes Foundation ($74, 465)
Innovating Motivation Research
May 2014 - Apr 2016
African American Students’ Opportunities to Learn
May 2014 - Apr 2015
Measures of Effective Teaching Early Career Grant
Mar 1, 2013 - Mar 1, 2014
Jensen, B., Wallace, T. L., Steinberg, M. P., Gabriel, R. E., Dietiker, L., Davis, D. S., ...Rui, N. (2019). Complexity and scale in teaching effectiveness research: Reflections from the MET Study. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27(7). doi: 10.14507/epaa.27.3923