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Daniel Lapsley, Ph.D.

Senior Academic Advisor

Dan Lapsley - Alliance for Catholic Education

114 Haggar Hall

Dr. Dan Lapsley is the Coordinator of Academic Programs for ACE, a faculty member of the ACE Teaching Fellows and the Chair of the Department of Psychology. He is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles and chapters on various topics in adolescent development, moral psychology and moral-character education.


Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology and the Journal of Early Adolescence.  He was honored with a Christ the Teacher Award in 2005.

Lapsley earned his bachelors in psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and his masters from the University of New Orleans in 1979. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology, with a specialty in human development.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Christ the Teacher Award, ACE MEd Program, University of Notre Dame, July, 2005


Narvaez, D. & Lapsley, D.K. (Eds., in press). Moral self, motivation and identity: Prospects for new field of study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Power, F.C., Narvaez, D., Nuzzi,, R., Lapsley, D. & Hunt, T. (Eds., 2008) Moral education: A handbook. Greenwood Publishing.

Lapsley, D.K. & Power, F.C. (Eds., 2005). Character psychology and character education. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Lapsley, D.K. & Narvaez, D. (Eds., 2004). Moral development, self and identity. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Lapsley, D. (2005). Moral stage theory. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of moral development (pp. 37-66). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Lapsley, D. K. (2007) Moral self-identity as the aim of education. In L. Nucci & D.Narvaez (Eds). Handbook of Moral and Character Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Lapsley, D. K. & Narvaez, D. (2006). Character education. In Vol. 4 (A. Renninger & I. Siegel, volume eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology (W. Damon & R. Lerner, Series Eds.) (pp. 248-296). New York: Wiley.