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Dr. Sara Goldstein is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware, specializing in lifespan human development. She teaches courses related to lifespan development, child and adolescent development, and research methodology. Dr. Goldstein’s research takes a social justice informed approach to understand social and social-cognitive factors associated with youths’ psychological, behavioral, and social adjustment.
Most of Dr. Goldstein’s research has focused on the predictors and consequences of gendered aggression, bullying, and peer-based harassment. She also examines other aspects of adjustment including academic motivation and achievement, mental health, and problem behavior broadly defined. Dr. Goldstein is especially interested in the development of these constructs during periods of developmental transition such as early adolescence (as youth move from primary to secondary school), and emerging adulthood (as youth transition to independence from family of origin). Because parents, peers, and schools play especially significant roles during these periods of youth transition, Dr. Goldstein’s program of research also explores the roles of these socialization agents in development. Recent projects focused on cyberbullying and sexual harassment during adolescence, and links with parental socialization and school experiences. Her current project explores how parenting during emerging adulthood (e.g, mindful parenting, parental psychological control) is linked with parent-youth relationship characteristics and with youth social and psychological adjustment.
Dr. Goldstein’s research has been published in a variety of journals including: Developmental Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal, Contemporary School Psychology, Early Child Development and Care, Early Education and Development, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal for Research on Adolescence, Journal of Adult Development, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Psychology in the Schools. She currently serves on three editorial boards (Adolescent Research Review, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Journal of Research on Adolescence) and has been on past boards of Developmental Psychology and Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
- Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2003
- M.A., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2000
- B.A. , Psychology, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, 1998
- Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, 2022-
- Professor, Montclair State University, Department of Family Science and Human Development, 2020-2022
- Doctoral Program Director, Montclair State University, Department of Family Science and Human Development, 2020-2022
- Associate Professor, Montclair State University, Department of Family Science and Human Development (formerly Department of Family and Child Studies), 2010-2020
- Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, Department of Family and Child Studies, 2006-2010
- Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans, Department of Psychology, 2004-2006
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2003-2004