- Title: Professor
- Project: Understanding How the Great Recession Shaped Young People’s Views of the Future and Their Sense of Purpose in Life
- Academic Year: August 2016 – December 2016
- Email: [email protected]
As a Professor of Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University and Principal Investigator of the Adolescent Moral Development Lab, I study positive youth development and moral formation. I have most commonly explored these issues through the lens of young people’s purposes in life. What kinds of things inspire purpose in young people? How do young people discover and pursue their purposes in life? What difference does it make to lead a life of purpose? What does purpose look like among individuals from different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds? These are the kinds of questions that have guided my recent research, which has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.
As a Fulbrighter, I researched at the University in Ioannina in Greece in 2016. At the time, the country was in the throes of the Great Recession. Refugees from the Middle East were streaming into the country and serious talks of a potential Grexit were underway. With my Greek collaborators, I conducted a mixed-methods study examining the effect this economic and political chaos had on young Greeks' views of the future and their sense of purpose in life.
In addition to conducting this study from my base in Ioannina, I also traveled around the country to offer talks at universities in Athens and Thessaloniki.
My Fulbright experience was life and career-altering! My children and I loved learning about the Greek people and culture. We were welcomed into homes to celebrate holidays, name days, and birthdays-- it was truly amazing!
Upon coming home, I decided to take a deeper dive into understanding the many significant and subtle ways that ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status shape human development. Nearly all of my research since my Fulbright has considered these issues.
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- Bringing your family with you on a Fulbright adventure
- Enrolling children in school in a foreign country
- Considerations for mid-career academics
- Running a research lab from abroad
- Taking grant work abroad