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William Kurtines

Professor Emeritus


Office: DM 284

Phone: 305-348-3190


Research Areas

Within the field of developmental science, Dr. Kurtines' areas of scholarly and research interest include social and personality development, positive development, and moral development across the life span. Within the field of applied developmental and intervention science, they include outreach research and the development of community supported positive development programs across the lifespan. Professor Kurtines is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Div. 7) and has been Investigator and/or Senior Research Scientist on many large grants funded by federal agencies such as NIDA, NIMH, and NIH. He has received many awards for his teaching and research. Professor Kurtines has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and numerous books.

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Courses Taught

  • Promoting Positive Development
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Theories of Personality
  • Identity Development
  • Moral Development
  • Graduate Seminar in Psychosocial Development
  • Graduate Seminar in Moral Development
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Developmental Psychology


  • PhD in Psychology, The Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland
  • BS in Sociology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Maryland