Stanford Experts

William Damon

Professor of Education; Director, Center on Adolescence


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Dr. Damon writes on moral development through the lifespan. Recently he has begun a study on the development of purpose during adolescence. In addition, he is conducting research on how young professionals can learn to do work that is at the same time highly masterful and highly moral. Damon has written several books on moral and character development, and he is the editor-in-chief of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development and The Handbook of Child Psychology. Damon also serves as the director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, a campus-based research think-tank that focuses on character and civic education. Damon’s research has led to a number of widely-recognized educational methods, including community “youth charters” and a training program on good journalism for mid-career news professionals.