Rob Roeser

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Robert W. Roeser, Ph.D., is a prominent American psychologist who focuses on issues of human development and education - specifically, ways in which organizational features of schools, classroom teaching practices, and qualities of teachers affect the social, emotional and identity development of adolescents and emerging adults. 

He has conducted studies of adolescent development around the world, and studied the introduction of contemplative practices such as mindfulness in schools and universities for purposes of stress reduction and the enhancement of positive development among educators and students alike. 

Dr. Roeser is Professor of Human Development and Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, OR. He received his B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. He also holds master’s degrees in developmental psychology (University Michigan), clinical social work (University of Michigan) and religion (Holy Names College). In 2005 he was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India, and from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar. 

Dr. Roeser also served at the Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute (MLI) from 2007 to 2010, was a member of Mind and Life Institute’s Education Research Network (MLERN), and is currently a member of MLI’s Secular Ethics and Character Development Network. 

 


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