Laurence Steinberg

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the world’s leading expert on adolescence.

He is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. Steinberg has taught previously at Cornell University, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was educated at Vassar College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors and distinction in psychology in 1974, and at Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1977.

Steinberg is a former President of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Lectureship and several lifetime achievement awards given by the American Psychological Association. In 2009, Steinberg was named the first recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development, one of the largest prizes ever awarded to a social scientist. In 2014, he received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national prize given to professors who have “inspired former students to make a contribution to society.”

Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. His work has been funded by a variety of public and private organizations, including NIH, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Army, the MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment. Steinberg served as a member of the National Academies’ Board on Children, Youth, and Families and chaired the Academies’ Committee on the Science of Adolescence. He has been a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies and lawmakers on child labor, secondary education, and juvenile justice policy and was the lead scientist on the amicus curiae briefs filed by the American Psychological Association in Roper v. Simmons, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty; Graham v. Florida; which banned the use of life without parole as a sentence for juveniles convicted of non-homicide crimes; and Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life with parole for juvenile offenders.

Steinberg is the author of approximately 400 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books, including Adolescence, the leading college textbook on adolescent development, now in its 11th edition; Beyond the Classroom: Why School Reform Has Failed and What Parents Need to Do; and, most recently, Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence. He has also written for many popular outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, Psychology Today, Slate, and Salon.

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the world’s leading expert on adolescence.

He is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. Steinberg has taught previously at Cornell University, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was educated at Vassar College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors and distinction in psychology in 1974, and at Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1977.

Steinberg is a former President of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Lectureship and several lifetime achievement awards given by the American Psychological Association. In 2009, Steinberg was named the first recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development, one of the largest prizes ever awarded to a social scientist. In 2014, he received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national prize given to professors who have “inspired former students to make a contribution to society.”

Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. His work has been funded by a variety of public and private organizations, including NIH, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Army, the MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment. Steinberg served as a member of the National Academies’ Board on Children, Youth, and Families and chaired the Academies’ Committee on the Science of Adolescence. He has been a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies and lawmakers on child labor, secondary education, and juvenile justice policy and was the lead scientist on the amicus curiae briefs filed by the American Psychological Association in Roper v. Simmons, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the juvenile death penalty; Graham v. Florida; which banned the use of life without parole as a sentence for juveniles convicted of non-homicide crimes; and Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life with parole for juvenile offenders.

Steinberg is the author of approximately 400 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books, including Adolescence, the leading college textbook on adolescent development, now in its 11th edition; Beyond the Classroom: Why School Reform Has Failed and What Parents Need to Do; and, most recently, Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence. He has also written for many popular outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, Psychology Today, Slate, and Salon.