Brian M. Galla

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Brian M. Galla

Brian M. Galla

University of Pittsburgh
5940 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7248


Research Overview

Dr. Galla’s research combines laboratory and field research to better understand motivational factors that support academic achievement and mental health. He focuses in particular on the study of self-control. Known colloquially as willpower, self-control refers to the mental process of pursuing enduringly valued goals despite conflicting impulses. Dr. Galla also has a strong interest in mindfulness-based approaches to enhancing self-control and their potential to improve health and academic achievement.

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? Dr. Galla is looking to accept students with interests in motivation, self-control, and mindfulness for the 2018-19 academic year. For more information about the lab, please contact Dr. Galla. See the Applied Developmental Psychology department website for further 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