Professor Rob Klassen



I am Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York. Since 2014 I have served as the Director of Research for the Department of Education.

I began my academic career as an Assistant Professor in 2004 in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada and came to York in 2012. I previously worked as a teacher (1988-1992) and school psychologist (1992-2004) in Vancouver, Canada, with one-year stints in England (1998-99) and Australia (2003). My first two degrees (B.Ed. and M.A., Educational Psychology) are from the University of British Columbia, and my PhD (Educational Psychology) is from Simon Fraser University (2003). I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) in the UK.

I am keen to communicate with international academic colleagues and potential PhD students interested in research investigating motivation and emotions in education settings. In particular, please contact me if you would like to discuss the following projects:

  • Designing and testing teacher selection procedures
  • Adolescent motivation and engagement
  • Investigating teachers' engagement, relatedness, and emotion regulation
  • Cross-cultural studies of adolescent and teacher motivation



My work explores human motivation and emotions in diverse contexts. My current work combines educational and organisational psychological approaches to the problem of teacher selection (see

My research is funded by two major sources: a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2015-2020, €1.4 million) and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (2012-2017, CAD $270,042). I am a collaborator on additional grants from Finland (Finnish Academy) and Oman.

Three recent representative publications are:

  • Klassen, R. M., Durksen, T. L. (2014). Weekly self-efficacy and work stress during the final teaching practicum: A mixed methods study. Learning and Instruction, 33, 158-169.
  • Klassen, R.M., Durksen, T.L., Rowett, E., & Patterson, F. (2014). Applicant reactions to a situational judgment test used for selection into initial teacher training. International Journal of Educational Psychology, 3, 104-125.
  • Klassen, R. M., & Tze, V. M. C. (2014). Teachers’ self-efficacy, personality, and teaching effectiveness: A meta-analysis. Educational Research Review, 12, 59-76.

International Links

I have current research collaborations with colleagues from Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Oman, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

External activities


I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and on the Executive Committee of APA Div. 15 (Educational Psychology). I am also a member of the American Education Research Association (AERA), British Psychological Society (BPS), and the European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

Associate Editorships

  • British Journal of Educational Psychology

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Exceptionality Education International
  • Journal of Experimental Education


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324396