Full CV available upon request


Current Position

  • Lecturer in Psychology, School of Education, University of Glasgow (2014-)

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2013-2014)
  • Ph.D., Combined Program in Education and Psychology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2013)
  • M.S., Psychology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2010)
  • B.S., Psychology – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Ann Arbor (2007)

Selected Honors

  • Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Dissertation Research Award (2012), American Psychological Association
  • Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship (2012), University of Michigan
  • Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (2009), Motivation in Education Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association
  • Doctoral Student Fellowship (2008-2010), National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, two-year interdisciplinary doctoral  fellowship
  • Jerry O. Haynes Award for Outstanding Senior (2007), Department of Psychology, James Madison University


  • Elliot, D. L., Baumfield, V., Reid, K., & Makara, K. A. (Accepted). Hidden treasure: Successful international doctoral students who found and harnessed the hidden curriculum. Oxford Review of Education.
  • Makara, K. A., & Karabenick, S. A. (Accepted). Longitudinal high school research revealed: Using surveys to assess student motivation and social networks. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Lee, H.-J., Lee, J., Makara, K., Fishman, B. J., & Teasley, S. D. (2015). A cross-cultural comparison of college students’ learning strategies for academic achievement between South Korea and the USA. Studies in Higher Education. Online first publication. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1045473 [link]
  • Makara, K. A., & Madjar, N. (2015). The role of goal structures and peer climate in trajectories of social achievement goals during high school. Developmental Psychology, 51(4), 473-488. doi: 10.1037/a0038801 [link]
  • Lee, H.-J., Lee, J., Makara, K., Fishman, B., & Hong, Y. (2015). Does higher education foster critical and creative learners? An exploration of two universities in South Korea and the United States. Higher Education Research and Development, 34, 131-146. doi:  10.1080/07294360.2014.892477 [link]
  • Gonida, E., Karabenick, S. A., Makara, K. A., & Hatzikyriakou, G. (2014). Perceived parent goals and student goal orientations as predictors of seeking or not seeking help: Does age matter? Learning and Instruction, 33, 120-130. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.04.007 [link]
  • Ryan, A. M., Shim, S. S., & Makara, K. A. (2013). Changes in academic adjustment and relational self-worth across the transition to middle school. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1372-1384. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9984-7 [link]
  • Makara, K. A., & Karabenick, S. A. (2013). Characterizing sources of academic help in the age of expanding educational technology: A new conceptual framework. In S. A. Karabenick & M. Puustinen (Eds.). Advances in help-seeking research and applications: The role of emerging technologies. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. [link]
  • Cortina, K. S., Makara, K. A., & Gruehn, S. (2010). Learning motivation around the globe: How universal is the role of teacher support? In: W. Bos, E. Klieme, & O. Köller, (Eds.), Schulische Lerngelegenheiten und Kompetenzentwicklung. Muenster, Germany: Waxmann. [link]
  • Stoloff, M.L., McCarthy, M., Keller, L., Varfolomeeva, V., Lynch, J., Makara, K., Simmons, S., & Smiley, W. (2010). The undergraduate psychology major curriculum: An examination of structure and sequence. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 4-15. doi: 10.1080/00986280903426274 [link]

Other Manuscripts

  • Makara, K. A. (2013). Students’ peer relationships, social and academic goals, and academic achievement: A social network analysis approach. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. [link]
  • Makara, K. A. (2007). Linking Achievement Goal Theory to adaptive outcomes in an undergraduate major. (Honors thesis). James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. [PDF]

Recent Selected Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • Makara, K. A. (August 2016). Examining the academic and social goals of adolescents who excel only academically, only socially, in both areas, and in neither. Paper accepted to the 2016 International Conference of Motivation, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Makara, K. A. (April 2016). What matters more for students’ beliefs about help seeking: Academic goals or social goals? Paper accepted to the 2016 American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Makara, K. A., & Karabenick, S. A. (August 2015). Teachers’ help-seeking beliefs and help-seeking networks. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Makara, K. A., Fishman, B., Karabenick, S., & Teasley, S. (June 2015). Students’ interpersonal connections with peers and staff at the start of higher education. Paper presented at the International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, Glasgow, UK.
  • Makara, K. A., & Karabenick, S. A. (April 2015). An Expectancy-Value model of the role of social achievement goals in academic help seeking from peers. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Makara, K. A., & Karabenick, S. A. (June 2014). From whom to seek help? High school students’ perceived benefits, costs and preferences from teachers, friends and parents. Paper presented at the International Conference of Motivation, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Gonida, E., Karabenick, S. A., Makara, K. A., & Hatzikyriakou, K. (June 2014). Perceived parent goals and student goal orientations as predictors of seeking or not seeking help: Does age matter? Paper presented at the International Conference of Motivation, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Makara, K. A. (March 2014). Examining the association between peers’ academic and social goals and high school students’ academic achievement. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, TX.


  • Early child development for Education in Practice, MEduc1 (EDUC1080), University of Glasgow, 2016
  • Individual Differences, MSc in Psychological Studies (EDUC5843), University of Glasgow, 2014-
  • Early child development for Educational Values, BEd2 (EDUC2014), University of Glasgow, 2015
  • Educational Psychology and Human Development (EDUC391), University of Michigan, 2010
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (PSYCH250), University of Michigan, 2010

Advising & Mentoring

  • I supervise/co-supervise a number of PhD, MPhil/MEd, and MSc in Psychological Studies students. I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students whose interests lie in the areas of achievement motivation, academic and social goals, peer relationships and social development, academic help seeking, social networks within schools, use of educational technology, and self-regulated and collaborative learning.

Editorial & Reviewing

  • Editorial: Editorial board member for the Curriculum Journal, 2014-
  • Grant Reviewing: UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Journal Reviewing: AERA Open, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Learning & Instruction, Learning & Individual Differences, Journal of the Learning Sciences, Elementary School Journal, Educational Theory, Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, Review of Education
  • Conference Reviewing: American Educational Research Association, International Conference of Motivation, American Psychological Association Div 15, Society for Research in Adolescence, International Society of the Learning Sciences

Service & Professional Activities

  • Consulting: Consultant for an evaluation of the Roots of Empathy intervention in ~20 Scottish schools in partnership with Action for Children, 2014-2015
  • Current service at the University of Glasgow: Ethics Officer for the School of Education; Organizing the CAP RTG seminar series; Co-convenor for PGR students in the CAP RTG
  • Previous service at the University of Michigan: Combined Program in Education and Psychology (Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Colloquium Committee, Recruitment Committee), School of Education Graduate Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Psychology Society Graduate Advisor, Rackham Graduate School Doctoral Student Forum, Department of Psychology Graduate Committee
  • Professional service: Graduate Committee Co-Chair for the American Educational Research Association Motivation in Education SIG, 2011-2013