Brian Galla

Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Dr. Galla's research is focused on motivational factors that support academic achievement and positive youth development.

Education Reform Educational Achievement Improvement Science Interventions Motivation Research/Practice Partnerships Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Improvement Research in Education Motivation & Engagement

Recent Publications

Tumminia, M., DeVlieger, S., Colvin, S.E.,Wallace, T.L., Akiva, T, & Galla, B. (2022). A qualitative study of adolescents’ experiences of distress and well-being during intensive mindfulness practice. PsyArXiv.

Abujaradeh, H., Viswanathan, P., Galla, B.M., Sereika, S.M., DiNardo, M., Feeley, C.A., Cohen, S.M., & Charron-Prochownik, D. (2021). Trait mindfulness and mindfulness practices in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: descriptive and comparative study. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Maheux, A.J., Nesi, J., Galla, B.M., Roberts, S.R. & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2021). #Grateful: Longitudinal associations between adolescents’ social media use and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31: 734-747.

Pelakh, A., Good, M. L, Kuo, E., Nokes-Malach, T., Tumminia, M. J, Jamal-Orozco, N., Diamond, M.S., Adelman, A., & Galla, B. (2021). The Relationship Between Intelligence Mindset and Test Anxiety as Mediated by Effort Regulation. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43.

Galla, B. M., Choukas-Bradley, S., Fiore, H. M., & Esposito, M. V. (2021). Values-alignment messaging boosts adolescents' motivation to control social media use. Child Development,

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News and Awards

Brian Galla, Timothy Nokes-Malach, LRDC, and Melanie Good, Department of Physics and Astronomy, received an NSF grant for "Collaborative Research: Investigating the Impact of Mindfulness Training to Mitigate Psychological Threat and Enhance Engagement and Learning in Undergraduate Introductory Physics."

August 1, 2021

Brian Galla, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the January 19 Institute for Learning's (IFL) Bridges to Learning feature "Mindfulness in Schools."

January 19, 2021


Kudos to Brian Galla, Assistant Professor, Education, and Tim Nokes-Malach, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their study, “Using Mindfulness Training to Support Engagement, Learning, and Retention in Undergraduate Introductory Physics Courses.”

May 15, 2020

Brian Galla and Tim Nokes-Malach were quoted and their research, using mindfulness to improve achievement gaps in introductory physics courses, was cited in Personalizing the Pitt Experience Forge Your Own Path's article, "Using Mindfulness to Boost Low Confidence."

January 8, 2020


Brian Galla is featured in the May 7 Education Week article "When It Comes to College, High School Grades Reveal More Than Just Academics."

May 7, 2019

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