Ed de St. Aubin, Ph.D.

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Ed de St. Aubin, Ph.D.Marquette University

Cramer Hall, 353

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2143

Associate Professor


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.

Research Lab: Personality Development

Dr. de St. Aubin will be accepting doctorial students in fall of 2019.

He is particularly interested in students that want to be a part of the next big project: A Narrative study of African American Women and Intersectionality.


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1995

Courses Taught

Ed has taught a wide variety of (over 20) 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 17 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 the meaning making process 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. 
  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.
  6. INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITY, structural oppression, felt stigma, and the self-society connection.

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

Recent Publications


  • de St. Aubin (2017). A paradigmatic treatment of three kinds of narrative psychology. [Review of Julia Vassilieva,Narrative Psychology; Identity, Transformation, and Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016]. PsycCritiques, 62(9).
  • de St. Aubin, E. (in press).  The story of life narrative research within lifespan scholarship.  The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.  Sage.
  • Yadlosky, L., de St. Aubin, E., Mosak, K. & Devine, J. (2017). Sexual Perceptions Versus Reality in Undergraduates: Data-Driven Praxis for Sex-Related Campus Programming.Journal of College Student Development,58(5), 704-718.
  • Whicker, D., de St. Aubin, E. & Skerven, K. (2017). The Role of Internalized Homonegativity in the Faith and Psychological Health of Lesbians. Journal of Lesbian Studies. DOI: 10.1080/10894160.2017.1350795
  • de St. Aubin, E., Yaflosky, L. & Colburn, A. (under review). Immediate Effects of Pulse Tragedy on LGBTQ+ Community Members’ Well-Being.


  • de St. Aubin, E. & Pagan-Vega, A. (2016). The many flavors of generativity:  How elders nourish and sustain younger generations in the US and Italy. Interdisciplinary Studies on the Family [Studi Interdisciplinari sulla Famiglia], 28 (105-122).  Published in Italian and English versions of Issue 28.
  • de St. Aubin, E. (2016).  A long look at the middle years.  [Review of Steven Mintz, The prime of life, produced by Harvard University Press, 2013].  PsycCritiques, 61(20).


  • 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.
  • 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, 9, 17-35.
  • Banyard, V., Hamby, S., de St. Aubin, E., & Grych, J. (2015).  Values narratives for personal growth: Formative evaluation of the Laws of Life essay program.  Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-25.  DOI: 10.1177/0022167815618494       
  • 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.

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