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Who We Are   Steve Sherblom , Ph.D.

Melinda C. Bier, PhD
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  Before coming to UMSL, he held a one-year appointment at Pennsylvania State University, and previous to that a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Stephen received his doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University under the guidance of Dr. Carol Gilligan. His dissertation research, Moral Sensibility and Experience in Young Children explored forms of moral knowing in children's narratives of moral conflict and identity.

He completed his masters at Harvard University in Personality and Social Psychology. His undergraduate work was at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he earned a dual degree in philosophy and psychology, focusing on ethics and moral development.  

Stephen is active in regional, national, and international professional organizations. He is a member of the Board of the Association of Moral Education (AME); he is a member of the Association for Teacher Educators (ATE), and sits on their Commission for Affective Education; and is Vice-President of the Midwest Association for Teachers of Educational Psychology (MATEP). He presents at scholarly conferences including the Association for Educational Research, the Association of Moral Education, the Department of Education’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools Conference; the Character Education Forum, and the Midwest Association for Teachers of Educational Psychology.

He currently teaches Introduction to Learners and Learning, Psychology of Adolescence, Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II, Lifespan: Individual & Family Development, and Moral Development and Education.

Publications include:

Educating for Positive Youth Development, (2005). M.W. Berkowitz, S. A. Sherblom, M.C. Bier, & V. Battistich (pp.683-701) In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.) Handbook of Moral Development, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

The St. Louis Model for Character Education: Characterplus, Caring School Community, and PIR. (2005). S. A. Sherblom, Northern Interior Staff Development Council Insider, Vol. 10, (2).

Fairness: Justice and Care Reasoning (2004). M. Berkowitz & S. Sherblom, In M. Seligman & C. Peterson (Eds.), Character Strengths and Virtues, pp. 391-412, Oxford University Press.

Issues in Conducting Ethical Research in Character Education (2003). Stephen A. Sherblom, Journal of Research in Character Education 1, (2) pp. 107-128.

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