Professor of Child Development University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

Resilience in Developmental Science: Principles, Pathways, and Promise in the 4th Wave

Short Bio

Ann S. Masten, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor and the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on understanding processes that promote competence and prevent problems in human development, with a focus on resilience in the context of high cumulative risk, adversity, and trauma. She directs the Project Competence Research on Risk and Resilience, including studies of normative populations and high-risk children and families exposed to homelessness, war, natural disasters, poverty, migration, and related adversities. Dr. Masten has authored more than 200 publications, including the book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development, published by Guilford Press. She has served as President of the Society for Research in Child Development and President of Division 7 (Developmental) of the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2014, she received the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from APA. Dr. Masten regularly teaches a MOOC through Coursera on “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives.”