CV Snapshot


Select Publications

McPartlan, P., Rutherford, T., Rodriguez, F., Shaffer, J., & Holton., A. (forthcoming). Modality motivation: Selection effects and motivational differences in students who choose to take courses online. Internet and Higher Education.

McPartlan, P., Solanki, S., Xu, D., & Sato, B (2020). Testing basic assumptions reveals when (not) to expect mindset and belonging interventions to succeed. AERA Open, 6(4), 1-16.

McPartlan, P., Umarji, O., & Eccles, J. (2020). Selective importance in self-enhancement: Patterns of feedback adolescents use to improve math self-concept. Journal of Early Adolescence. Advance online publication.

Xu, D., Solanki, S., McPartlan, P., & Sato, B. (2018). EASEing Students Into College: The Impact of Multidimensional Support for Underprepared Students. Educational Researcher, 47(7), 435–450. doi: 10.3102/0013189X18778559.

Under Review

McPartlan, P., Rutherford, T., & Holton, A. Belonging across contexts: Implications for theory and measurement of a popular motivational construct. Submitted to Contemporary Educational Psychology.

McPartlan, P., Thoman, D., Poe, J., & Smith, J. L., Faculty gatekeepers: Understanding expectancy, value, and cost concerns to implement a diversity-enhancing intervention. Submitted to BioScience.

In Prep

McPartlan, P., Dicke, A. L., Safavian, N., Rodriguez, F., Li, Q., Rutherford, T., Eccles, J., & Holton, A. The utility of click data: Behavioral mediators of motivational interventions.

McPartlan, P., Li, Q., Rutherford, T., Yu, R., & Xu, D. Challenges of improving peer interactions in online courses: The cost of social presence

Invited Talks and Workshops

Instructor Presence in Online College Classrooms

Digital Discovery Seminar, UC Irvine

Battle to Belong: Keeping Underrepresented Students in STEM

California State Capitol, Sacramento

Studying Psychology and Motivation in STEM Classrooms

Workshop for SABER West Conference

Constructing Measures

Workshop for School of Education, UC Irvine


Courses Taught

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Statistics for Education Research


Technology in Education


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Structural Equation Modeling



Honors and Awards

RAPID Grant: COVID-19 and Social Networks


Outstanding Graduate Student Poster

APA Division 15

Winner - UCI Grad Student Symposium

UCI Associated Graduate Students

Finalist - UCI Grad Slam Competition

UCI Graduate Division
2017 & 2018

Honorable Mention - GRFP


Eagle Scout

Boy Scouts of America