Editorial Office: Current Projects of the Institute

Below are descriptions of the current journals and books being produced in the publications office.


  • Applied Developmental Science journal
    The focus of Applied Developmental Science is the synthesis of research and application to promote positive development across the life span. Within a multidisciplinary approach, ADS stresses the variation of individual development across the life span -- including both individual differences and within-person change -- and the wide range of familial, cultural, physical, ecological, and historical settings of human development. The audience for ADS includes developmental, clinical, school, counseling, aging, educational, and community psychologists; life course, family, and demographic sociologists; health professionals; family and consumer scientists; human evolution and ecological biologists; and practitioners in child and youth governmental and non-governmental organizations.

    Applied Developmental Science, edited by Richard M. Lerner (Tufts University), Celia Fisher (Fordham University), and Lawrence Gianinno (Tufts University), is a quarterly journal published by Taylor & Francis.

    Submissions may be sent to Dr. Richard M. Lerner, Editor, Applied Developmental Science, Applied Developmental Science Institute, 26 Winthrop Street, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. Please submit an electronic copy to the editorial office (iaryd.pubs@gmail.com) prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) when submitting a manuscript for consideration for publication.
  • Developmental Psychology
    Richard M. Lerner serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Developmental Psychology, edited by Cynthia Garcia Coll of Brown University and published by the American Psychological Association. The Bergstrom Chair handles all submissions to the journal that are related to the field of adolescence.

    For further details about Developmental Psychology, please see the journal's official web site.


  • Approaches to Positive Youth Development (2007)
    Scientific research and science-guided practice based on the promotion of an individual's strengths constitutes a radical shift in a new and growing area of study within the field of human development. Its trademark term is 'positive youth development'. This approach to human development is based on the idea that, in addition to preventing problems, science and practice should promote the development of competencies, skills, and motivation in order to enhance individuals' developmental pathways.

    Approaches to Positive Youth Development is based on this concept and brings together authors from across Europe and America who are leaders in their respective fields. The main focus of the book, beyond a clarification of the paradigmatic foundations, concerns the major contexts of adolescents and young adults, namely, neighborhoods and leisure locales, school and family, and the major themes of healthy psychosocial development, namely, competences and knowledge, prosocial behavior, transcending problems of delinquency, civic engagement, identity, agency, and spirituality.
  • The Good Teen (2007)
    For many parents the thought of the teen years holds more dread than all the sleepless nights of infancy and scraped knees of childhood combined. After all, teens are obstinate, inconsiderate, and defiant; they sulk and stress; they are prone to bad decisions and unreasonable behavior.

    Given the option, most parents would happily skip the storms of adolescence and move right in to the relative calm of young adulthood if they could. Who can blame them when popular wisdom tells them that their lovable twelve-year-old will be replaced by an unpredictable, emotional volcano at the age of thirteen?

    Although the word teenager has become synonymous with trouble, the evidence is clear: Adolescents have a bad rap--and according to groundbreaking new research, its an undeserved one. In The Good Teen, Richard Lerner lays bare compelling new data on the lives of teens today, dismantling old myths and redefining normal adolescence.

    Time and again his work reveals that in spite of the stereotypes, today's teens are basically good kids who maintain healthy relationships with their families. Overflowing with real-life anecdotes and cutting-edge science, The Good Teen encourages new thinking, new public policies, and new programs that focus on teens strengths.

    Every teen, whatever their ability or background, has the same potential for healthy and successful development. In The Good Teen, Lerner presents the five personality characteristics, called the 5 Cs, that are proven to fuel positive development: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring. When the 5 Cs coalesce, a sixth emerges, Contribution: where young people contribute to their own development in an energetic and optimistic way. He also prescribes specific ways parents can foster the 5 Cs at home and in their communities.
  • Positive Youth Development and Spirituality:
    From Theory to Research (2008)

    The purpose of this book, edited by Richard M. Lerner, Robert W. Roeser, and Erin Phelps and published in 2008 by the John Templeton Foundation Press, is to explore the study of spiritual development during the adolescent period and to ascertain the possible links among spirituality and the healthy, positive development of youth. Chapters are written by participants in the Conference on Positive Youth Development and Spirituality held at Tufts University in April 2006.

    The book presents key conceptual and definitional issues useful in framing the understanding of the association between positive development in adolescents, spiritual development, and the attainment of a sense of self that moves the young person to make contributions to (or, in other words, be generous towards) self, family, community, and society. In addition the book discusses the biological covariates of these links among positive youth development, spirituality, and generosity and, as well, the individual level, social level, and cultural level covariates of this linkage. All chapters in the book focus as well on the research that needs to be done to advance understanding of these linkages.
  • The Handbook of Life-Span Development (2010)
    The first-ever reference work to present the accumulated knowledge about development across the life span, The Handbook of Life-Span Development presents a thorough, integrating discussion of the breadth of scholarship in the field and details the use of the relational, developmental systems ideas framing the life-span study of human development. Featuring contributions by top-tier scholars in developmental science, this important reference provides coverage of the biological and cognitive as well as the social and emotional aspects of human change across the life span while taking into account context, relationships to other processes and events, and the evolutionary nature of human development.

    Richard M. Lerner served as the editor-in-chief of the two volume handbook. The first volume, edited by Willis F. Overton, considers life-span development in terms of cognition, biology and methods. Topics include brain development; biology, evolution, and psychological development; memory development across the life span; the emergence of consciousness and its role in human development; thriving across the life span, and numerous others. The second volume, edited by Michael E. Lamb and Alexandra M. Freund, considers life-span development in terms of social and emotional development. Topics include life span-span perspectives on positive personality development in adulthood and old age; developmental psychopathology; developing civic engagement, and many more.

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