Daniel Lapsley

Professor Emeritus

ACE College Professor; Senior Academic Advisor, Alliance for Catholic Education; Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives; Fellow; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Professor Emeritus
360 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Moral & Adolescent Psychology Lab

Primary Area: Developmental

Research and teaching interests

Research interests: individuation, moral self-identity, virtues and moral psychology, adolescent risk behavior; adjustment in emerging adulthood Teaching interests: adolescent development, developmental psychology, methods for the behavioral sciences


Lapsley’s research focuses on various topics in adolescent social cognitive and personality development, including work on adolescent invulnerability and risk behavior, narcissism, separation-individuation, self, ego and identity development, and college adjustment. He also studies the moral dimensions of personality and other topics in moral psychology, and has written on moral identity and moral and character education.

Professor Lapsley is the author or editor of seven books and has published over 125 articles and chapters on various topics on adolescent development and educational psychology. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the periodicals Human Development, Applied Developmental Science, Educational Psychologist, and the Journal of Early Adolescence.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (1982)

M.S. University of New Orleans (1979)

B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1977)

Representative Publications

Lapsley, D. & Chaloner, D. (2020). "Post-truth and science identity: A virtue-based approach to science education." Educational Psychologist, 55, 132-143.

Stey, P., Hill, P. & Lapsley, D. (2014). "Factor structure and psychometric properties of a brief measure of dysfunctional individuation." Assessment, 21, 452-462.

Lapsley, D., LaPorte, E., & Kelley, K. (in press). "Moral cognition in adolescence and youth." In L. Crockett, G. Carlo, & J. Schulenberg (Eds.), The APA handbook of adolescence and youth. Washington, DC: APA Press.

Lapsley, D. (2021). "The developmental science of phronesis." In M. De Caro & M. S. Vaccarezza (Eds.), Practical wisdom: Philosophical and psychological perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Lapsley, D. (2016) "Moral self-identity and the social-cognitive theory of virtue." In L. Annas, D. Narvaez & N. Snow (Eds). Advances in virtue development: Integrating perspectives (pp. 34-68).Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.