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Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5558
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Richard M. Lerner
Professor
Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development

Education
Ph.D. City University of New York
M.A. Hunter College of the City University of New York

Expertise
Developmental Science

Major Awards

  • John P. Hill Memorial Award for Life-Time Outstanding Work, the Society for Research on Adolescence, 2010
  • Tufts University Distinguished Scholar Award, 2008
  • Society for the Study of Human Development Mentor Award, 2007
  • New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Distinguished Scholar Award, 2003
  • National 4-H Council: Visionary Scholar and Leader Award, May 11, 2001
  • Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University, 1999-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, September 1999-August 2000
  • Anita L. Brennan Professor of Education, School of Education, Boston College, 1996-1999
  • Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University, 1994-1995
  • Ph.D. Alumni Special Achievement Award, City University of New York, 1989
  • Lansdowne Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, February, 1989
  • Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, Germany, Fall, 1983
  • AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 1982
  • Hunter College Hall of Fame (Elected 1981)
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1980-1981
  • Distinguished Visitor Program, American Psychological Association, 1980-1981
  • Strathmore's "Who's Who," Honored member, Registry 1998-99
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Charter Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 2: Teaching of Psychology, Division 7: Developmental Psychology, Division 9: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)
  • Charter Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America, National Honor Society for Psychology (Psi Chi), Kappa Omicron Nu (Omicron Alpha Chapter), National Home Economics Honor Society

Scholarship & Research
The application of developmental science across the life span; developmental systems theory; personality and social development in adolescence; developmental methodology; programs and policies for children, youth, and families; university-community collaboration and outreach scholarship.

Publications

Lerner, R. M., Easterbrooks, A. M., & Mistry, J. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of psychology: Vol. 6. Developmental psychology (2nd ed.). Editor-in- Chief: I. B. Weiner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. V., & Benson, J. B. (Eds.). (2011). Positive Youth Development: Research and Applications for Promoting Thriving in Adolescence. London, England: Elsevier.

Warren, A.E.A., Lerner, R. M., & Phelps, E. (Eds.). (2011). Thriving and spirituality among youth: Research perspectives and future possibilities. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M. (Editor-in-Chief). (2010). The Handbook of Life-span Development. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Hood, K. E., Halpern, C. T., Greenberg, G., & Lerner, R. M. (Eds.). (2010). The handbook of developmental science, behavior and genetics. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Lerner, R. M., & Steinberg, L. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of adolescent psychology (3rd Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M., Roeser, R. W., & Phelps, E. (Eds.). (2008). Positive youth development and spirituality: From theory to research. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.

Silbereisen, R. K., & Lerner, R. M. (Eds.). (2007). Approaches to positive youth development. London: Sage Publications.

Lerner, R. M. (2007). The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescents from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years. New York, NY: The Crown Publishing Group.

W. Damon, & Lerner, R. M. (Editors-in-chief). (2006). Handbook of Child Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M., Jacobs, F., & Wertlieb, D. (2005). Applied developmental science: An advanced textbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Fisher, C. B. & Lerner, R. M. (Eds.). (2005). Encyclopedia of applied developmental science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lerner, R. M., Brown, J. D., & Kier, C. (2005). Adolescence: Development, Diversity, Context, and Application. Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson.

Lerner, R. M. (2004). Liberty: Thriving and civic engagement among America's youth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lerner, R. M., & Steinberg, L. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of Adolescent Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M., Jacobs, F., & Wertlieb, D. (Eds.). (2003). Applying developmental science for youth and families: Historical and theoretical foundations. Volume 1 of Handbook of applied developmental science: Promoting positive child, adolescent, and family development through research, policies, and programs. Editors: Richard M. Lerner, Francine Jacobs, and Donald Wertlieb. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lerner, R. M., Easterbrooks, M. A., & Mistry, J. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of psychology: Vol. 6. Developmental psychology. Editor-in- Chief: I. B. Weiner. New York: Wiley.

Lerner, R. M., Taylor, C. S., & von Eye, A. (Eds.). (2002). Pathways to positive development among diverse youth. New directions for youth development: Theory, practice, and research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Lerner, R. M. (Ed.). (2002). Concepts and theories of human development (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.