Ed de St. Aubin, Ph.D.
(414) 288-2143

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After a one year teaching assignment at Northwestern University (1994-1995), Professor de St. Aubin held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (1995-1999) before coming to Marquette University in August of 1999. A native Chicagoan, Ed is glad to be back in an urban environment where he takes full advantage of all that Milwaukee has to offer (live music, theater, urban hiking, population diversity). Some of his off-campus work focuses on crime prevention and desistance as well as post-prison reintegration. He is currently Board President of Self-Help, the Board Vice President of Project Return, and has given over 80 presentations to inmates in Wisconsin prisons.



Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1995

Teaching Interests

Ed has taught a wide variety of courses (e.g., Personality, Child and Adolescent Development, Human Sexuality, The Narrative Self, Adult Development and Aging, Psychology and Culture, Personal Meaning in a Complex World) to a wide range of Marquette students (a Freshman Seminar; a Senior Experience; an Honors' course; two Ph.D. level courses). He loves teaching and it shows. Ed has been awarded 8 teaching grants and has delivered over a dozen invited presentations regarding quality teaching. He was selected by students to the Faculty Honor Roll while at Northwestern and received three teaching awards while at Green Bay, including the University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow. At Marquette, Ed received the 2003 Excellence in Advising award and the 2008 Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Research Interests

Trained broadly in Life Span Human Development, Dr. de St. Aubin has several intellectual interests. The one thread that weaves through most of his scholarship concerns the meaning making process.

Specific areas of focus have been:

  1. GENERATIVITY, an adult desire for symbolic immortality through investments of self into the well-being of future generations.
  2. PERSONAL IDEOLOGY, one’s value-based beliefs about how life should be lived and of what forces impact human living.
  4. THE LESBIAN SELF as a window into large questions regarding gender, identity, social stigma, and ego maturity.
  5. NARRATIVE as an aspect of identity and as a research method.
  6. EMERGING ADULT SEXUALITY: The sexual behaviors, attitudes and knowledge of University students.
  7. CRIME DESISTANCE and psychology-based programs designed to prevent criminal behavior.

Other specific interests include psychobiography, integrating quantitative and qualitative research, family dynamics, and the embeddedness of human lives.

Student Collaborators

Graduate Student Collaborators:

Indrani K Thiruselvam
Yulius Sunardi
Mara Bach
Dane Whicker
Jiannan (Jay) Zhang

Dissertations Chaired :
Kim Skerven (graduated 5/06)
Peter Graskamp (5/06)
Cathy Coppolillo (12/06)
Gregory Simons (12/7)
Jodi Rusch (12/7)
Terri deRoon-Cassini (12/8)
Colleen Heinkel (5/09)
Beth Shaw (5/09)
Valerie Lucas Wright (12/19/10)
Sharon Shatil Henrie (12/11)
Abbey Valvano(12/12)

Undergraduate Student Research Team Members:


Hannah Cappellini
Alison Hanley
Rachel Morrison
Julia Novotny
Aileen Pagan

Alan Salazar

Within the past few years:

Danielle Carlson
Lauren Caron
Angelina Ciccantelli
Julie Conrad

Rob Fishman
Sam Huschen
Meredith Kalies

Stacia Landon (1c)
Liz Stone
Kasandra Scott
Emily Urban

Rachael Wandrey
Danielle MacKenna
Eileen Ward
Reem Youkhana

Recent Lab Photos:

de St. Aubin lab WPA 2011
2011 Conference for the Wisconsin Association for Psychology


de St. Aubin lab APS 2012
2012 Conference for the Association for Psychological Science


Selected Publications

de St. Aubin, E., Bach, M. (forthcoming). Culture and Generativity. In Lene Jensen (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.

de St. Aubin, E. (in press). Generativity and the Meaningful Life. In Joshua Hicks and Clay Routledge (Eds.) The Experience of Meaning in Life: Perspectives from the Psychological Sciences. Springer.

deRoon-Cassini, T.A., de St. Aubin, E., Valvano, A., Hastings, J., & Brasel, K.B. (in press) Meaning Making Appraisals Relevant to Adjustment for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Psychological Services.

de St. Aubin, E. and Shatil, S. (2009). Reclaiming science: Evidence and truth in the age of persuasion. A review of Helen Guldberg, Reclaiming childhood: Freedom and play in the age of fear (2009, Rutledge) PsycCRITIQUES, 54(4).

deRoon-Cassini, T., de St. Aubin, E. Valvano, A., Hastings, J., and Horn, P. (2009). Psychological well-being after spinal cord injury: Perception of loss and meaning making. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54(3), 306-314.

de St. Aubin, E., & Skerven, K. (2008). Homonegativity and the Lesbian Self: Portraits of the Ego as Either Transcender or Occluder of Negative Social Stereotypes. In H. Wayment and J. Bauer (Eds., Transcending self-Interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego (pages 211-220). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press

de St. Aubin, E. & Shaw, B. (2007). Minority sexualities and communication not common in everyday life [Review of the book Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (37).

de St. Aubin, E., Rusch Blahnik, J. & Lucas, V. (2007). Ways of Thinking about Thinking Styles [Review of The Nature of Intellectual Styles]. PsychCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52 (8).

Skerven, K., & de St. Aubin, E. (2006). Lesbian Self Development in Context: Cohort Analysis at Two Points in History. Research in Human Development, 3(4), 251-269.

de St. Aubin, E. Wandrei, M., Skerven, K., & Coppolillo, C. (2006). A Narrative Exploration of Personal Ideology and Identity. In D.P. McAdams, R. Josselson, and A. Lieblich (Eds.) Identity and story: Creating self in narrative (pages 223-248). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

de St. Aubin, E., Baer, S., & Ravanelli Miller, J. (2006). Elders and end-of-life medical decisions: Legal context, psychological issues, and recommendations to attorneys serving seniors. Marquette Elder’s Advisor, 7 (2), 359-291.

de St. Aubin, E. (2006). Some Psychologists still study whole lives: Imagine that! A review of the Handbook of Psychobiography, Edited by William Todd Schultz (2005, Oxford University Press). PsycCritiques, 51 (22).

de St. Aubin, E. & Skerven, K. (2003). A Banquet of Benevolence: A review of Caring and Doing for Others: Social Responsibility in the Domains of Family, Work and Community (Alice S. Rossi [Ed.]; University of Chicago Press; 2001). Contemporary Psychology, 48 (6).

de St. Aubin, E., & Baer, S. (2003). Applied Narrative Psychology: A review of Telling the stories of life through guided autobiography groups (J. Birren and K. Cochran; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Canadian Journal on Aging, 22 (3), 331-332.

de St. Aubin, E., McAdams, D.P., & Kim. T.C. (Eds.) (2003). The generative society: Caring for future generations. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

de St. Aubin, E. (2003). The propagation of genes and memes: Generativity through culture in Japan and the USA. In E. de St. Aubin, D.P. McAdams, & T.C. Kim (Eds.) The generative society: Caring for future generations (pages 63-82). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

de St. Aubin, E. (2001). Using the reality of myth to reduce recidivism. Clio’s Psyche: Understanding the Why of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 8 (2), 82-85.

de St. Aubin, E. (2001). Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal ideology expressed in his architecture . Clio’s Psyche: Understanding the Why of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 8 (3), 136-138.

de St. Aubin, E. (2001). Listening to the Grown-Ups: A review of A History of Geropsychology in Autobiography (Edited by James E. Birren and Johannes J.F. Schroots; 2000, APA Press) , Canadian Journal on Aging, 20(4), 599-602.

de St. Aubin, E. (1999). Personal ideology: The intersection of personality and religious beliefs. Journal of Personality, 67(6), 1105-1139.

McAdams, D.P., & de St. Aubin, E. (Eds.) (1998). Generativity and adult development: How and why we care for the next generation. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

de St. Aubin, E. (1998). Truth against the world: A psychobiographic exploration of generativity in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. In D. McAdams & E. de St. Aubin (Eds.) Generativity and adult development: How and why we care for the next generation (pages 391-427). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

de St. Aubin, E. (1998). Exploring lives of Commitment – a review of “Common fire: Lives of commitment in a complex world” (Authors: Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen, Sharon Daloz Parks) Contemporary Psychology, 43 (1), 58-59

de St. Aubin, E. (1997). The joy and shame of intellectual probate – a review of “Exploring affect: The selected writings of Silvan S. Tomkins” (edited by Virginia Demos). Contemporary Psychology, 42 (1), 76-77.

McAdams, D.P., Diamond, A., de St. Aubin, E., & Mansfield, E. (1997). Stories of commitment: The psychosocial construction of generative lives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 678-694.

de St. Aubin, E. (1996). Personal ideology polarity: Its emotional foundation and its manifestation in individual value systems, religiosity, political orientation, and assumptions concerning human nature. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 152-165.

de St. Aubin, E., & McAdams, D.P. (1995). The relations of generative concern and generative action to personality traits, satisfaction/happiness with life and ego development. Journal of Adult Development, 2, 99-112.

McAdams, D.P., de St. Aubin, E., & Logan, R. (1993). Generativity among young, midlife, and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 8, 221-230.

McAdams, D. P., & de St. Aubin, E. (1992). A theory of generativity and its assessment through self-report, behavioral acts, and narrative themes in autobiography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 62, 1003-1015.

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