MastenAnn S. Masten, Ph.D., LP

Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development
Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota

Ann S. Masten grew up in the military, attended Smith College for her BA., and then worked for three years at the National Institutes of Health as a research assistant. Masten completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1982 at the University of Minnesota, with a clinical internship at UCLA. Her research focuses on understanding processes that promote competence and resilience in the context of adversity and trauma. She directs the Project Competence studies of risk and resilience, including studies of normative populations and individuals exposed to war, natural disaster, poverty, homelessness, and migration. Dr. Masten is currently a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Institute of Medicine/National Academies, the U.S. National Committee of Psychology, and the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (as Past-President). She has published widely on topics related to resilience in human development, including reviews on children and families exposed to disaster, war, and terrorism. Dr. Masten wrote the concluding commentary for the forthcoming issue of Future of Children on Military Children and Families. She has received numerous honors, most recently the 2014 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association.