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Stacy J. Priniski, PhD

Assistant Professor, Urban Health and Population Science
Senior Evaluation Associate, The Hope Center for Student Basic Needs

Stacy Priniski
Contact Information

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About Me

Research Interests

  • Equity in higher education
  • Broadening participation in STEM
  • Subjective student experience and motivation
  • Social-psychological interventions in education

Dr. Stacy Priniski is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Urban Health and Population Science in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine with an appointment at The Hope Center as a Senior Evaluation Associate. With a background in the study of students’ experiences in higher education from a social and educational psychology lens and a passion for working directly with basic needs practitioners and stakeholders, Dr. Priniski bridges the research and practice areas at Hope.

Dr. Priniski earned her B.A. and M.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on motivation science and social-psychological interventions in college settings. She received an Inclusive Mathematics Environments Fellowship from the Student Experience Research Network and a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship from the Spencer Foundation and National Academy of Education. Prior to joining the Hope Center, she worked as a Research Associate at Michigan State University studying factors that predict college students’ persistence in STEM over time. Her methodological expertise includes randomized controlled trials, field and laboratory experiments, survey studies, and content analyses.

At The Hope Center, Dr. Priniski applies her extensive experience establishing and coordinating collaborative, multisite research projects to lead the Student Basic Needs Survey efforts and convene communities of basic needs stakeholders. She currently coordinates the Hope Impact Partnerships program, through which colleges and universities across the country partner with The Hope Center to collect student-level data on students’ basic needs and experiences in college, and engage in programming and coaching to help institutions leverage data to improve their basic needs ecosystem.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Psychological Association

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Inclusive Mathematics Environments Fellow
  • 2018 National Academic of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow

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