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Dan P. McAdams

School of Education and Social Policy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Interim Dean, School of Education and Social Policy
The Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy


Areas of Focus

  • Personality and life-span developmental psychology
  • Narrative psychology
  • Self and human identity
  • Psychological biography
  • Cultural psychology
  • Evolutionary psychology


  • Narrative identity, or the stories people create to make sense of their lives
  • Stories of personal redemption, as applied to life transitions and recovery from negative events and trauma
  • Generativity – an adult’s concern for promoting the well-being of future generations
  • Personality development and identity in midlife
  • American identity; self and society in American history
  • Leadership
  • The psychology of U.S. Presidents, including George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump