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Jacqueline V. Lerner



CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


Jacqueline V Lerner is a Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She received her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. She studies the positive development of adolescents and young adults in the contexts of family, school and community, and the embedded relationships in these contexts that contribute to overall development. She has published widely in the leading journals in the field, and has authored or coauthored several chapters in the leading Handbooks in the field. She has collaborated as the PI or Co-PI on several national and international longitudinal investigations of the positive and character development of youth.

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  • Lerner, R.M., and Lerner, J.V. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. Funded by the National 4-H Council and Altria Corporation. 2001-2013 ($8,300,000.)
  • Lerner, J. V. and Bowers, E. P. Doing the Right Thing: Intentional Self-Regulation and the Promotion of Character Development. John Templeton Foundation 2014- 2017 (3 years – $1,960,064.)
  • Lerner, R.M, Lerner, J.V., and King, P.E. 'Developing Responsible and Fulfilled Christian Adults: Towards a Multi-National Longitudinal Study of the Compassion International Model of Promoting Positive Youth Development among Children Living in Poverty', funded by Compassion International. Lloyd Trust and King Philanthropies, July 2016 - June 2022 ($2,900,000)