Rhona S. Weinstein
Professor of the Graduate School
Ph.D., Yale University
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Research Interests: 
Community psychology (children, schools, and community settings): Classroom/school processes and positive development; expectations about ability and self-fulfilling prophecies; educational equity and school reform.
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    Recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence (2006)

    Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award (1996)

    Weinstein's research focuses on the contextual and multi-layered dynamics of academic expectations and self-fulfilling prophecies, as they impact educational opportunities and the development of minority and poor children, and on school reform for educational equity. Weinstein has been involved in Berkeley's efforts, in collaboration with Aspire Public Schools, to create an early college secondary school for "first in the family to go to college" youth (California College Preparatory Academy) which opened its doors in August 2005. Current research includes longitudinal studies of teacher expectancy effects (mediators and moderators), design and evaluation of small group advisories to promote youth development, a framework for student supports, and case studies of school reform efforts to raise expectations and promote educational equity.  Her book, Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in Schooling (Harvard University Press, 2002), received the Division K Book Award from the American Educational Research Association and the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize from Harvard University Press. Weinstein has received awards for teaching, diversity, school reform, and science, including Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

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    Weinstein, R.S., & Worrell, F. (Eds.) (2016).  Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Weinstein, R. S. (2002). Reaching Higher: The Power of Expectations in SchoolingCambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


    Weinstein, R. S. (2016). Children’s awareness of differential treatment: Toward a contextual understanding of teacher expectancy effects.  In S. Trusz and P. Babel (Eds.) Intrapersonal and interpersonal expectancies: Research, Applications, and Future Directions. Hove: UK: Psychology Press.

    Rubie-Davies, C., Weinstein, R.S., Huang, F., Gregory, A., Cowan, P.A., & Carolyn, C.P. (2014).  Successive teacher expectation effects across the early school years. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35,181-191.

    Bohlmann, N. & Weinstein, R. S. (2013). Classroom context, teacher expectations and cognitive development: Predicting young children’s self-judgments of mathematics ability. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34, 288-298.

    Weinstein, R.S. (2012). Nurturing human potential in the context of schooling: The legacy of Seymour B. Sarason. Journal of Community Psychology, 40, 203-205.

    Mehan, H., Kaufman, G., Lytle, C., Hunter Quartz, K., & Weinstein, R.S. (2010). Educational field stations: A model for increasing diversity and access in higher education. In E. Grodsky and M. Kurlaender (Eds.). Equal opportunity in higher education: The past and future of Proposition 209. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.

    McKown, C., Gregory, A., & Weinstein, R.S. (2010). Expectations, stereotypes, and self-fulfilling prophecies in classroom and school life. J. Meece & J. Eccles (Eds.) Handbook of  research on schools, schooling, and human development. Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Strambler, M. J., & Weinstein, R.S. (2010). Psychological disengagement in elementary school among ethnic minority students. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology,31,155-165.

    Weinstein, R. S. (2008). Schools that actualize high expectations for all youth: Theory for setting change and setting creation. In B. Shinn & H. Yoshikawa (Eds.) Toward positive youth development: Transforming schools and community programs. Oxford University Press.

    Gregory, A. & Weinstein, R. S. (2008). The discipline gap and African Americans: Defiance or cooperation in the high school classroom. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 455-475.

    McKown, C. & Weinstein, R.S. (2008). Teacher expectations, classroom context, and the achievement gap. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 235-261.

    Weinstein, R. S. (2006). Reaching higher in community psychology: Social problems, social settings, and social change. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 9-20.

    Cappella, E., & Weinstein, R.S. (2006). The prevention of social aggression in girls. Social Development, 15, 434-462.

    Weinstein, R. S. (2004). Reflections on becoming a community psychologist. In J. Kelly & A. Song (Eds.). "Six community psychologists tell their stories: History, contexts, and narrative." Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 28, 125-147.

    Weinstein, R.S., Gregory, A., & Strambler, M. (2004) Intractable self-fulfilling prophecies: Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education. American Psychologist, 59, 511-520.

    McKown, C., & Weinstein, R. S. (2003). The development and consequences of stereotype-consciousness in middle childhood. Child Development, 74, 498-515.

    Donohue, K. M., Perry, K. E., & Weinstein, R. S. (2003). Classroom instructional practices and children's rejection by their peers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 24, 91-118.

    Weinstein, R. S. (2002). Overcoming inequality in schooling: A call to action for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30, 21-42.

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