Dr. Jacqueline V. Lerner received her B.S. in Psychology from
St. John’s University, her M.S. in Developmental Psychology from
Eastern Michigan University and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a Professor at
Boston College in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
in the Department of Counseling, Applied Developmental and
Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education.
Lerner’s research interests focus on the development of children
and adolescents in the contexts of family, school and community,
and the embedded relationships in these contexts that contribute to
overall development. She has been the co-investigator on numerous
studies of the transition to adolescence and positive youth
development. She has published widely in developmental and
psychological journals, textbooks and edited volumes. She has
served as Associate Editor of several journals and speaks about her
research on positive youth development across the country.
Her work involves researching and educating the field about the
meaning and measurement of strength-based, rather than
deficit-based, model of adolescent development.