Faculty Directory

David Miele

Program Director, Ph.D. of Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology

Associate Professor


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


David Miele is the principal investigator of the Motivation, Metacognition, and Learning (MML) Laboratory at Boston College. He investigates students’ beliefs about their ability, learning, and motivation, and examines how these beliefs influence their engagement in academic tasks. At the broadest level, he is interested in what it takes for students to become effective, independent learners.

Though much of his research has examined the motivation of college students, he is also interested in the learning and development of elementary school students. In addition, he has conducted research with parents and teachers in order to better understand how their beliefs influence the ways in which they support the learning of students at this age.

Miele currently serves on the editorial board of three journals: Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, and the Journal of Educational Psychology. In addition, he served as program co-chair of Division C, Section 2a (Cognitive and Motivational Processes) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for two years (2015-2017).

Current Grant-Funded Research Projects


Improving Students' Mathematics Experiences: How Does Success Impact Students' Memories, Motivation, and Engagement?, funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


Implementing principles from the science of learning within educational practice, funded by a Collaborative Activity Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF)