Aubrey Whitehead

Aubrey Whitehead

Perry-Williams Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychology

Office: Morgan 106
Phone: 330-287-1953
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • Ph.D., George Mason University, 2019
  • M.A., Webster University, 2001
  • B.A., University of Buffalo, 1997
  • A.A.S., Interfaith School of Nursing, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Educational Psychology
  • Principles of Learner Motivation (graduate and undergraduate)
  • First Year Experience
  • Concepts of Leadership
  • Introduction to Aerospace Studies


  • Berkeley, S., Whitehead, A., Mischel, J., Kurz, L. A., Larsen, A., & Annetta, L. (2020). Student engagement while creating serious educational games in collaborative learning environments: Implications for STEM interest. In Education Series. Gamification and Social Networks in Education. MacroWorld.
  • Hiller, S., Whitehead, A., & Kitsantas, A. (2019). Enhancing STEM motivation through citizen science programs: A framework for educators and researchers. In S. Hiller & A. Kitsantas (Eds.), Enhancing STEM motivation through citizen science programs (pp. 3–26). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
  • Whitehead, A. (2018). Examining the influence of close social groups on first-year college student STEM major selection. Journal of Mason Graduate Research, 5(2), 1–34. doi:10.13021/G8jmgr.v5i2.1963
  • Whitehead, A. (submitted). Hidden figures: Student perception of close social group influence on STEM degree attainment.
  • Whitehead, A., & Kitsantas, A. (submitted). It takes a village: The role of family, friends, and teachers on major selection and persistence of undergraduate students pursuing STEM degrees.
  • Kitsantas, A., Cleary, T., Whitehead, A., & Cheema, J. (submitted). Teacher classroom context, student motivation, and mathematics achievement: A social cognitive perspective.
  • Hiller, S. E., Whitehead, A., & Kitsantas, A. (under review). Citizen science and the achievement gap: Science performance and STEM career motivation for African-American students.

Research Interests

  • Motivation
  • Close social group influence
  • Undergraduate persistence
  • STEM education
  • Self-regulated learning