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Lynch School of Education

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. (In press). 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.).  Editor-in-chief: R.M. Lerner.  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

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.

Zaff, J., Boyd, M., Li, Y.,  Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2010).  Active and engaged citizenship:  Multi-group and longitudinal factorial analysis of an integrated construct of civic engagement.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(7), 736-750.

Li, Y., Lerner, J.V., & Lerner, R.M. (2010).  Personal and ecological assets and academic competence in early adolescence:  The mediating role of school engagement.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(7), 801-815.

Lerner, R.M., Lerner, J.V., Almerigi, J., Theokas, C., Phelps, E., Gestsdottir, S., Nadeau, S., Jelicic, H., Alberts, A.E., Ma, L., Smith, L.M, Bobek, D.L., Richman-Raphael, D., Simpson, I., Christiansen, E.D., & von Eye, A. (2005).  Positive youth development, participation in community youth development programs, and community contributions of fifth grade adolescents:  Findings from the first wave of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(1), 17-71.



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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