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Sandra Graham

Distinguished Professor
Sandra Graham, distinguished professor in the Department of Education
Sandra Graham
Sandra Graham
Distinguished Professor

Sandra Graham is a Professor in the Human Development and Psychology division in the Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity. Her major research interests include the study of academic motivation and social development in children of color, particularly in school contexts that vary in racial/ethnic diversity. She is Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Professor Graham has published widely in developmental, social, and educational psychology journals and received many awards. Among her awards, she is a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research on Child Development and the 2014 E. L. Thorndike Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Psychology, Division 15 of the American Psychological Association. Most recently, in 2015 she was elected to the National Academy of Education.



  • Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity


  • Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • M.A., History, Columbia University, 1970
  • B.A., History, Barnard College, 1969

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • Elected to National Academy of Education
  • E.L. Thorndike Career Award for contributions to Educational Psychology, Division 15, American Psychological Association
  • Distinguished Master Lecturer, American Psychological Association
  • Independent Scientist Award, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health

Select Publications

  • Juvonen, J., & Graham, S. (2014). Bullying in schools: The power of bullies and the plight of victims. Annual Review of Psychology, 65, 159-185.
  • Graham, S., & Taylor, A.Z. (2014). An attributional approach to emotional life in the classroom. In R. Pekrun & Lisa Linnenbrink-Garci (Eds), International handbook of emotions in education (pp. 96-119). London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Graham, S., & Munniskma, A., & Juvonen, J. (2014). Psychosocial benefits of cross-ethnic friendships in urban middle schools. Child Development, 85, 469-483.
  • Graham, S. (2015). Race and motivation. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.