About the Institute:
Richard M. Lerner
Director of Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development
Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
105 College Avenue
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5558
Fax: (617) 627-5596
Richard M. Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director
of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. He went from
kindergarten through Ph.D. within the New York City public schools, completing his doctorate
at the City University of New York in 1971 in developmental psychology. Lerner has more than
650 scholarly publications, including more than 75 authored or edited books. He was the founding
editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and of Applied Developmental Science, which he
continues to edit.
He was a 1980-81 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and is
a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological
Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Prior to joining Tufts University, he was on the faculty and held administrative posts
at The Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, and Boston College, where
he was the Anita L. Brennan Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for Child,
Family, and Community Partnerships. During the 1994-95 academic year, Lerner held the Tyner
Eminent Scholar Chair in the Human Sciences at Florida State University.
Lerner is known for his theory of relations between life-span human development and social
change, and for his research about the relations between adolescents and their peers, families,
schools, and communities. As illustrated by his 2004 book, Liberty: Thriving and Civic
Engagement among America’s Youth, and his 2007 book, The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence
from the Myth of the Storm and Stress Years, his work integrates the study of public policies
and community-based programs with the promotion of positive youth development and youth
contributions to civil society.
He is married to Dr. Jacqueline V. Lerner, Professor and Chair of the Department of
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education at
Boston College. They live in Wayland, Massachusetts. They have three children, Justin,
34, a director and screen writer living in Los Angeles, Blair, 32, an advertising executive
at Media Contacts in Boston, and Jarrett, 28, a novelist and editor living in Somerville, MA.
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