Ed de St. Aubin, Ph.D.
(414) 288-2143
ed.destaubin@marquette.edu

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Generativity and Adult Development

Ed has been at Marquette since 1999.  Marquette’s Jesuit mission, urban setting, and high expectations for both quality teaching and productive scholarship are all congruent with his own values and goals.  Further, the chance to work with both undergraduate and Ph.D. students makes this an ideal context for his career development.  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.

Education

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; an internship; two Ph.D. level courses). He loves teaching and it shows. Ed has been awarded 11 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 University and received three teaching awards while at the University of Wisconsin - 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 themeaning makingprocess as this evolves over time and as it is manifested in specific contexts.

Specific areas of focus have been:

  1. GENDER AND SEXUALITY:  Emerging adult sexuality; Lesbian self-development; Gay men and gender.  GENERATIVITY, an adult desire for symbolic immortality through investments of self into the well-being of future generations.
  2. GENERATIVITY:  Investments of self into the well-being of future generations. 
  3. TRAUMA AND MEANING-MAKING. TRAUMA AND MEANING-MAKING:  How spinal cord injury survivors narrate the self.
  4. PERSONAL IDEOLOGY, one’s value-based beliefs about how life should be lived and of what forces impact human living.
  5. NARRATIVE as an aspect of identity and as a research method.

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

 

Student Collaborators

Graduate Student Collaborators:

Current:

Dane Whicker
Lauren Yadlosky

Former:
Dissertations Chaired :
Kim Skerven (graduated 5/06)
Peter Graskamp (5/06)
Cathy Coppolillo (12/06)
Gregory Simons (12/07)
Jodi Rusch (12/07)
Terri deRoon-Cassini (12/08)
Colleen Heinkel (5/09)
Beth Shaw (5/09)
Valerie Lucas Wright (12/10)
Sharon Shatil Henrie (12/11)
Abbey Valvano(12/12)
Yulius Sunardi (12/14)
Mara Bach (12/14)

Undergraduate Student Research Team Members:

Current:

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. & Pagan-Vega, A. (2015). The many flavors of Italian and US generativity:  How elders nourish and sustain younger generations.  Interdisciplinary Studies on the Family (Studi Interdisciplinari sulla Famiglia). Published in Italian - Issue 28.

de St. Aubin, E. & Bach, M. (2015). Explorations in generativity and culture. In L. Jensen (Ed.)  Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 653-665). Oxford.

Hamby, S., Thomas, L., Banyard, V., de St. Aubin, E., & Grych, J. (2015).  Generative roles:  Assessing sustained involvement.  American Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 2(2), 24-32.

Skerven, K., & de St. Aubin, E. (2015).  Internalized homonegativity and the double bind for lesbians:  Those with higher need perceive more barriers to mental health treatment.  Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.

deRoon-Cassini, T., de St. Aubin, E., Valvano, A., Hastings, J., & Brasel, K. (2013).  Meaning making appraisals relevant to adjustment for veterans with spinal cord injury.  Psychological Services, 10(2), 186-193.

de St. Aubin, E and de St. Aubin, J. (2013).  A Family Secret Revealed through Multiple Stories.  [Review of the film Stories We Tell (Directed by Sarah Polley; 2013)].  PsycCRITIQUES, 54(4).

de St. Aubin, E. (2013). Generativity and the meaningful life. In J. Hicks and C. Routledge (Eds.)  The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical perspectives, emerging themes, and controversies (pp. 241-255). Springer.

 

Married Couples Research

Ed de St. Aubin, Assistant Chair of the Psychology department, is collaborating with Dr. Elena Marta of Sacred Heart Catholic University in Milan on a project examining how married adults over 64 are involved with family life. Ed’s student Aileen Pagan will interview a number of US adults for this project. The 45-minute interview asks basic questions about one’s life story and family experiences. Please contact Ed to volunteer to be interviewed or with any questions. Inclusion criteria include being over 64, married, retired, and in relatively good health. Ed may be contacted at ed.destaubin@marquette.edu or (414) 288-2143.

 


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