Faculty Expert Profile
- Vice Dean of Academic Affairs School of Education
Hunter Gehlbach is professor and vice dean at the Johns Hopkins School of Education as well as the Director of Research at Panorama Education. An educational psychologist by training and a social psychologist at heart, his interests lie in improving the social and motivational contexts of schools. Thanks to a recent Spencer Foundation mid-career fellowship, much of his recent focus has shifted towards investigating how social psychological approaches might improve environmental education.
For example, a recent experiment showed that strategic use of photographs could make people care more about biodiversity by highlighting the types of nature that are being lost currently.
A former high school teacher and coach, Gehlbach taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education from 2006-2015, before joining the faculty at UCSB from 2015-2019, before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins. Gehlbach aims to bolster the social perspective-taking capacities of teachers and students—how they understand each other’s thoughts and feelings—to improve teacher-student relationships.
Through projects funded by Survey Monkey and Panorama Education, he also has explored how schools might use surveys to improve teacher and student outcomes. He has written about his substantive and methodological interests for outlets ranging from Journal of Educational Psychology to The Huffington Post.