Frank C. Worrell

Frank C. Worrell - (Member)
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School of Education
4511 Tolman Hall #1670
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670
PhD in Educational & School Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. His current appointments include Director of the School Psychology program, Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, and Faculty Director of the California College Preparatory Academy, a charter school partnership involving UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools. Dr. Worrell is a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (under the auspices of a Commonwealth Scholarship), and obtained his PhD in educational and school psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. He joined the faculty in the school psychology program at the Pennsylvania State University upon completing his PhD and joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2003.

Dr. Worrell’s areas of expertise include academic talent development/gifted education, the education of at-risk youth, scale development and validation, teacher effectiveness, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice. He is particularly concerned with the role that psychosocial variables play in predicting academic achievement and psychological functioning, and examines several constructs in his research, including self-concept, ethnic identity, racial identity, and time perspective. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and began a three-year term as co-editor of the Review of Educational Research in 2012.

Dr. Worrell is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association of Black Psychologists, the California Association for the Gifted, the California Association of School Psychologists, the Caribbean Studies Association, the International School Psychology Association, the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, the National Association for Gifted Children, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Society for Research on Adolescence. He is currently one of the Division 16 representatives in the APA council. Dr. Worrell has served on APA’s Committee for Psychological Tests and Assessment, and is currently a member of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs and the Joint Committee of AERA, APA, and NCME appointed to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

Dr. Worrell is a Fellow of Divisions 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics), 16, and 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is also an elected member in the Society for the Study of School Psychology and a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science. He has ongoing research collaborations in Chile, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, and the United Kingdom.


  • The SSSP Board Meeting during the NASP Convention will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 12 to 4 at Swissotel (connected to the Hyatt) MT069.
  • The SSSP Members' Meeting and Reception will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5 to 7 at Maggiano’s Downtown Chicago, 516 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.