Study demonstrates that writing goals enhances goal achievement

Research by Dominican University of California psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews focused on setting and achieving goals was cited recently by numerous national and international publications, including The International Business Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Lexington Dispatch, The Daily Herald and The Albuquerque Journal.

Dr. Matthews is a professor in the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She recruited 267 participants from a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and networking groups throughout the United States and overseas for a study on how goal achievement in the workplace is influenced by writing goals, committing to goal-directed actions, and accountability for those actions.

Dr. Matthews found participants who wrote down their goals and sent weekly updates to a friend had a much higher success rate than those who kept their goals to themselves. Her findings were presented in May 2015 at the Ninth Annual International Conference of the Psychology Research Unit of Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Her work has been cited in recent stories appearing in The International Business Times, Forbes, The Daily Herald, The Lexington Dispatch, The Albuquerque Journal, Huffington Post, and

Dr. Matthews chaired the Psychology Department from 1977-1999, and developed the courses in Psychology of Career Choice and Career Development, which she currently teaches. She also regularly teaches Field Placement, Directed Research, Life Coaching, Creating Your Future, and Positive Psychology.


January 5, 2017