Benjamin Heddy, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Learning Sciences program. In June 2023 he was named associate dean for research and graduate education and Director of CEDaR. Heddy received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Southern California. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the topics of motivation, cognition, learning theory, human development and research methods.
His research program focuses on cognitive and motivational aspects of learning; including engagement, academic emotions, interest development, and further specializing in the investigation of learning activities that occur in everyday experience. As a second related line of research he studies the mechanisms of conceptual, emotion, and attitude change. His research has been published in Science Education and Psychology Today. Benjamin is currently serving as the Chair of the Committee for the Development of Early Career Educational Psychologists for Division 15 of the American Psychological Association. He has been selected to serve on the Coalition for Psychology in Schools in Education for the American Psychological Association. He won the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Mentoring Award for 2017.