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Jacqueline V. Lerner

counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

Photo of CDEP professor Jacqueline Lerner


Campion Hall
Room 239C


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Adolescent development and transitions, character development, positive youth development, life-span theory and methods, relational development systems.


Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., Bowers, E., & Geldhof, G.J. (2015). Positive youth development: A relational developmental systems model.  In W.F. Overton & P.C. Molenaar (Eds.), Theory and Method. Volume 1 of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (7th ed.).  (pp. 607-651) Editor-in-chief: R.M. Lerner.  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

Napolitano, C.M., Bowers, E.P., Arbeit M.R., Chase, P., Geldhof, G.J., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2014).  The GPS to Success Growth Grids:  Measurement properties of a tool to promote intentional self-regulation in mentoring programs.  Applied Developmental Science, 18(1), 46-58.

Bowers, E.P., Johnson, S., Buckingham, M., Gasca, S., Warren, D.J., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2014). Important non-parental adults and positive youth development across mid- to late-adolescence:  The moderating effect of parenting profiles.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43 (6),  897-918.

Arbeit, M., Johnson S., Greenman, K., Champine, R., Lerner, J.V., 7 Lerner R.M. (2014).  Profiles of problematic behaviors across adolescence: Covariations with indicators of Positive Youth Development.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, (6), 971-990.

Geldhof, G.J., Bowers, E.P., Johnson, S.K., Hershberg, R., Hilliard, L., Lerner, J.V, & Lerner, R.M. (2014).  Relational developmental systems theories of positive youth development:  Methodological issues and implications.  In P.C.M. Molenaar, R.M. Lerner, & K. Newell (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Systems Theory and Methodology (pp. 66-94). New York, NY: Guilford.

Gestsdottir, S., Geldhof, G.J., Paus, T., Freund, A.M., A├░albjarnard├│ttir, S., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2014).  Self-regulation among youth in four Western cultures:  Is there an adolescence-specific structure of the Selection-Optimization-Compensation (SOC) model?  International Journal of Behavioral Development.  published online 20 July 2014 DOI: 10.1177/0165025414542712

Geldhof, G.H., Bowers, E.P., Boyd, M.J., Mueller, M.K., Napolitano, C.M., Schmid, K.L., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M.. (2014). Creation of short and very short measures of the Five Cs of Positive Youth Development. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24(1), 163-176.

Lerner, J.V., Bowers, E.P., Minor, K., Lewin-Bizan, S., Boyd, M.J., Mueller, M.K., Schmid, K.L., Napolitano, C.M., & Lerner, R.M. (2013).  Positive youth development: Processes, philosophies, and programs.  In R.M. Lerner, M.A. Easterbrooks, & J. Mistry (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology, Volume 6: Developmental Psychology (2nd edition). Editor-in-chief: I.B. Weiner. (pp. 365-392.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., von Eye, A., Bowers, E.P., & Lewin-Bizan, S. (2011).  Individual and contextual bases of thriving in adolescence:  A view of the issues.  Journal of Adolescence, 34(6), 1107-1114.

Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., Lewin-Bizan, S., Bowers, E.P., Boyd, M., Mueller, M., Schmid, K., Napolitano, C. (2011) Positive youth development:  Processes, programs, and problematics. Journal of Youth Development, 6(3), 40-64.




Lerner, J.V., and Bowers, E.P. Doing the Right Thing:  Intentional Self-Regulation and the Promotion of Character Development.  John Templeton Foundation (3years).

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