Cultivating a Developmental Science of Flourishing
PSYC 781—Proseminar in Developmental Science

Meetings are MONDAYS from 2:00-3:15

Schedule and readings may be found here.

There are many converging streams of research that focus on how children do more than simply avoid negative outcomes but in fact, by some metric, do much better. Studies on positive youth development, resilience, thriving and flourishing come from different disciplinary traditions but all speak to the idea that there is more to development than just avoiding negative outcomes. In this CCHD series, we explore the commonalities among these traditions, search for the boundaries on an interdisciplinary perspective to understanding the developmental science of flourishing, and identify a compelling research agenda necessary to advance this line of fundamentally important inquiry. Our speakers will address these issues with a focus on such issues as moral development, gratitude and empathy, resilience and well-being and draw from examples across the lifespan, with an emphasis on children, youth, and families. We strive to understand the state of the art in the field of flourishing and to identify how Developmental Science can consolidate, enrich, and motivate the next generation of studies in this area.

Please note that the proseminar will meet on Mondays from 2:00 – 3:15 PM, in the CDS lower level classroom. Although we strongly encourage in-person attendance, we will also webcast the seminar to classroom locations at our affiliated institutions (again with the exception of our capstone lecture). For more information about webcasted seminars, visit this link.

Organizing Committee:

Andrea Hussong, Committee Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jennifer Coffman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phil Costanzo, Duke University
Jamie Hanson, Duke University
Melissa Lippold, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Johnathan Tudge, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Robert Whitaker, Guest Member, Temple University