Psychology professors receive book award

Author: Arts and Letters


Daniel K. Lapsley and Darcia Narvez, members of the psychology department faculty at the University of Notre Dame, have been selected as the 2007 Book Award recipients by the Moral Development and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The honor recognizes Lapsley and Narvez for their 2004 book “Moral Development, Self, and Identity.” The award was presented Tuesday (April 10) at the AERA’s annual meeting in Chicago.

A compilation of essays from a distinguished interdisciplinary and international panel of scholars, the volume uses as a point of departure the seminal writings of renowned moral psychologist Augusto Blasi. His studies on moral cognition, the development of self-identity, and moral personality transformed research agendas and are recognized as a starting point for all discussion in moral psychology.

Lapsley, who earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, returned to Notre Dame as a professor in 2006. He previously served on the University’s psychology faculty from 1983 to 1991. His research focuses on 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.

A fellow of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives and research director of its Center for Ethical Education, Lapsley also teaches in the ACE program. He is the author of the book “Moral Psychology” and serves on the executive board of the International Association for Moral Education.

Narvez, the executive director of the Center for Ethical Education, came to Notre Dame as an assistant professor in 2000. Before completing her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota, she taught K-12 classroom music and middle-school Spanish. Narvez, who also holds a master’s degree from Luther Northwestern Seminary, researches issues of moral cognition, moral development and character education.

Narvez is a co-author of “Postconventional Moral Thinking: A Neo-Kohlbergian Approach” as well as numerous scholarly articles. She has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and currently is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Moral Education, The Journal of Moral Psychology and The Encyclopedia of Moral Education.

Contact: Daniel Lapsley, 574-631-8789, or Darcia Narvez, 574-631-7385,

Originally published by Kyle Chamberlin at on April 10, 2007.