Nayssan Safavian

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education, University of California-Irvine.

Nayssan joined the Pathways programme in October 2014 and works with Prof. Jacquelynne Eccles as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the School of Education at the University of California in Irvine. She completed her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Learning, Cognition, and Development working with Dr. Anne-Marie Conley.

Her research applies the motivation lens of expectancy-value theory to approach issues of motivation and underachievement in underrepresented communities. More specifically, she examines what factors optimize opportunities in mathematics and science for those who are at the greatest risk for academic failure and underachievement. As a Pathways fellow, Nayssan is particularly interested in the associations between achievement attitudes and students’ secondary and post-secondary academic aspirations and career attainment.

Safavian, N., & Conley, A. (under review). Expectancy–Value Beliefs as Predictors of Middle School Mathematics Achievement and Enrolment.

Johnson, M., & Safavian, N. (under review). What is Cost and is it Always a Bad Thing? Furthering the Discussion Concerning College-Aged Students’ Perceived Costs for Academics.