Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Training Area: Developmental Psychology
Research Interests: Motivation and lifespan development
Phone: 718-951-5000 extension 3845
Jacob Shane is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California-Irvine. He is a developmental psychologist whose research examines how motivation and opportunity direct and reflect individuals’ development across the life span. He is particularly interested in the dynamic relationships between individuals’ broader beliefs about society, their beliefs about themselves, and their motivational commitment to central life goals. Current lines of research include: (1) anticipating and responding to the school-to-work transition, (2) shared agency and other individual by contextual influences on adolescent’s and young adult’s goal choice and development of self-regulatory skills and strategies, (3) career development across adulthood, (4) prosociality across the lifespan, and (5) self-regulatory strategies for modifying beliefs about one’s social mobility prospects and the meaning and causality of socioeconomic status attainments.