General Publications

Below you will find citations for some of the lab’s most recent publications. For more information regarding past publications, please refer to the CVs of lab personnel, which can be found on the People section of this site.


Matthews, M. D., Lerner, R. M., & Annen, H (2019). Non-cognitive amplifiers of human performance: Unpacking the 25/75 rule. In M. D. Matthews & D. M. Schnyer (Eds.), Human Performance Optimization: The Science and Ethics of Enhancing Human Capabilities (356-382). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Lerner, R. M., & Lerner, J. V. (2019).  An idiographic approach to adolescent research: Theory, method, and application.  In L. B. Hendry & M. Kloep (Eds.), Reframing Adolescent Research (pp. 25-38). London and New York: Routledge.

Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. B., Geldhof, G. J., Gestsdottir, S., King, P. E., Sim, A. T. R., Batanova, M., Tirrell, J. M., & Dowling, E. (2018). Studying positive youth development in different nations: Theoretical and methodological issues. In J. J. Lansford & P. Banati (Eds.) Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy (pp. 68-83). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Burkhard, B. M., Robinson, K. M., Murray, E. D., & Lerner, R. M. (2019). The positive youth development perspective.  In S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development (pp. 1-12). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lerner, R. M., & Lerner, J. V. (2019). The development of a person: A relational developmental systems perspective. In D. P. McAdams, R. L. Shiner & J. L. Tackett (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Development (59-75). New York: Guilford Press.

Lerner, R. M. & Wang, J. (2019). “Nem di gelt?” or “Can accepting grant awards be a bad thing?”. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), My Biggest Research Mistake: Adventures and Misadventures in Psychological Research (pp. 207-209). Sage.

Lerner, R. M., & Hilliard, L. J. (2019). A relational developmental systems perspective on parenting. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting, Volume 4: Social Conditions and Applied Parenting (3rd ed., 3-23). Abington, UK: Routledge.

Lerner, R. M., & Chase, P. A. (In press). Hate in Contemporary America: Pathology or Opportunism? In Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) Hate in the Modern World: What It Is, Where It Comes From, and What to Do About it. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Lerner, R. M., Dowling, E. M., Lerner, J. V., Tirrell, J. M., King, P. E., Iraheta, G., Williams, K., & Sim, A. (In press.) Youth violence prevention and the promotion of positive youth development: Integration or independence? In R. Rivera (Ed.), Violencia cero sin mano dura.

Lerner, R. M. (In press). Foreword.  In R. Dimitrova, D. L. Sam & L. Ferrer-Wreder (Eds.), Roma Minority Youth across Cultural Contexts: Taking a Positive Approach to Research, Policy, and Practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Lerner, R. M., & Chase, P. A. (2019). Towards theoretical and methodological innovations in the evidence base for family policy: A commentary. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 11, 39-46.

Lerner, R. M., & Chase, P. A. (2019). Enhancing theory and methodology in the international study of Positive Youth Development: A commentary. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48, 269-277.

Lerner, R. M. (2019). Frontiers in theory-predicated research in youth development: A commentary. Journal of Youth Development, 14(1),1-23.

Murray, E. D., Berkowitz, M. W., & Lerner, R. M. (2019). Leading with and for character: The implications of current character education practices for military leadership. Journal of Character and Leadership Development, 6 (1), 33-42.

Tirrell, J. M., Gansert, P. K., Dowling, E. M., Geldhof, G. J., Lerner, J. V., King, P. E., Iraheta, G., Williams, K., Sim., A.T.R., & Lerner, R. M. (In press). Illuminating the use of the Specificity Principle to go inside the black box of programs: The sample case of an El Salvador PYD program. In S. Verma, A. Petersen, & J. Lansford (Eds.), Sustainable human development: Challenges and solutions for implementing the United Nations’ Goals [Special issue]: Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 227(2), 121-128.

Matthews, M. D., Ryan, D. M., & Lerner, R. M. (In press). Developing military leaders of character: The sample case of LTG Robert L. Caslen, USMA Superintendent. Journal of Character Education.

Lerner, R. M., Matthews, M. D., Ryan, D. R., Schaefer, H. S., Murray, E. D., Farina, A. G., Cook, C. L., Powers, J. J., & Burkhard, B. M. (In press). Changes in adulthood across time and place: Bases and implications of developmental plasticity. American Psychologist.

Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. V., & Chase, P. A. (In press). Towards an idiographic-based approach to describing, explaining, and optimizing adolescent–family relationships: A relational developmental systems perspective. Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Lerner, R. M., Geldhof, J. G., & Bowers, E. P. (In press) The science of learning and development: Entering a new frontier of human development theory, research, and application. Applied Developmental Science.

Schaefer, H.S., Yunker, C.A., Callina, K.S., Burkhard, B., Ryan, D., & Lerner, R.M. (In press). Indexing character in the context of sport participation at the United States Military Academy: The Character in Sport Index. Journal of College and Character.

Schaefer, H.S., Callina, K.S., Powers, J., Kobylski,G., Ryan, D., & Lerner, R.M. (In press) Examining Diversity in Developmental Trajectories of Cadets’ Performance and Character at the United States Military Academy. Journal of Character Education.