I received my Ph.D from the University at Albany (State University of New York) and completed post-doctoral training at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
My work is directed toward elaborating an integrative Coactive Systems Approach to psychological development. My research interests include the development of thinking, feeling and acting across the lifespan; the epigenetic and coactive nature of human development; the development of selfhood in socio-cultural context; the development of self-evaluative and moral emotions; how psychotherapy works as a developmental process; the development of love and sexuality; teaching and learning in higher education; and the development of everyday skills. I am also the author or editor of several books and numerous articles, book chapters and papers on issues related to human development. Finally, I am the founding editor of Pedagogy and the Human Sciences and the senior editor and contributor to North Shore Children & Families, a monthly parenting newspaper for families on Boston’s north shore.