Tanner LeBaron Wallace

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 Tanner LeBaron Wallace

Tanner LeBaron Wallace

University of Pittsburgh
4318D Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6356
Email: twallace@pitt.edu


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.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator (with Geoffrey Cohen), The role of psychologically wise teaching in student achievement, Raikes Foundation ($74, 465)
  • Investigating Motivation and Transfer in Physical Science through Preparation for Future Learning Instruction, Co-Principal Investigator (with Timothy Nokes-Malach), National Science Foundation ($593,278.00)
  • 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

Recent Publications