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03/07/94

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Developmental psychologist Colby to be Haas Center's first visiting fellow

STANFORD -- Anne Colby, director of Radcliffe College's Henry A. Murray Research Center: A Center for the Study of Lives, will be in residence at Stanford during 1994-95 as the first visiting fellow at the Haas Center for Public Service.

A developmental psychologist, Dr. Colby has worked for the past 20 years in the area of moral development. Her recent study of exceptional moral commitment is published in Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment (New York: Free Press, 1992), co-authored with her husband, William Damon.

Damon, a professor of education and director of the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University, also will be visiting Stanford during 1994-95 as an affiliate of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

While at Stanford, Colby and Damon will be working on a qualitative study of social responsibility among adult men and women, to be carried out in connection with the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development (Midmac). The Midmac study will address the question of how various types of social responsibility are related to the goals and behaviors of individuals.

According to Colby, the Midmac study will extend the findings in Some Do Care, which examines a small sample of highly moral individuals, to a broader continuum of social responsibility.

Although the study will focus on adults, Colby has a great interest in the development of social responsibility and moral commitment over the course of life and is looking forward to collaborating with Stanford students.

"I will be eager to learn more about the relation of social responsibility, leadership, and commitment to a broad range of life goals by working and talking with the young people who participate in the service programs of the Haas Center," she said.

Colby earned her bachelor's degree at McGill University and her doctorate at Columbia University, and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Psychologists. She has published numerous articles in the areas of moral and child development, and is co- author with Lawrence Kohlberg of The Measurement of Moral Judgment (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

The Haas Center for Public Service, a division of Student Affairs, was established in 1984 to serve as a focal point for local, national and international voluntary student efforts on the Stanford campus.

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