Ed de St. Aubin

Ed de St. Aubin

Associate Professor, Marquette University


Ed de St. Aubin is associate professor and department assistant chair at Marquette University's Department of Psychology. After a one-year teaching assignment at Northwestern University (1994-1995), Professor de St. Aubin held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (1995-1999) before joining the faculty at Marquette University in August of 1999. Some of his off-campus work focuses on crime prevention and desistance as well as post-prison reintegration. He currently serves as Board President of Self-Help and Board Vice President of Project Return, and he has given more than 80 presentations to inmates in Wisconsin prisons.



Year Degree Institution
1994 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
1994 An Examination and Elaboration of the Polarity Theory of Personal Ideology

Selected Publications

deRoon-Cassini, T.A., de St. Aubin, E., Valvano, A., Hastings, J., & Brasel, K.B. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Meaning Making Appraisals Relevant to Adjustment for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Psychological Services.

de St. Aubin, E (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Generativity and the Meaningful Life in Joshua Hicks and Clay Routledge (Eds.),  The Experience of Meaning in Life: Perspectives from the Psychological Sciences Springer.

de St. Aubin, E., Bach, M. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Culture and Generativity in Lene Jensen (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.

de St. Aubin, E. and Shatil, S (2009). Reclaiming science: Evidence and truth in the age of persuasion. A review of Helen Guldberg, Reclaiming childhood: Freedom and play in the age of fear (2009, Rutledge). PsycCRITIQUES, 54(4).

deRoon-Cassini, T., de St. Aubin, E. Valvano, A., Hastings, J., and Horn, P (2009). Psychological well-being after spinal cord injury: Perception of loss and meaning making. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54(3): 306-314.

Research Interests

Trained broadly in Life Span Human Development, Dr. de St. Aubin has several intellectual interests. The one thread that weaves through most of his scholarship concerns the meaning making process.

Specific areas of focus have been:

  1. GENERATIVITY, an adult desire for symbolic immortality through investments of self into the well-being of future generations.
  2. PERSONAL IDEOLOGY, one’s value-based beliefs about how life should be lived and of what forces impact human living.
  4. THE LESBIAN SELF as a window into large questions regarding gender, identity, social stigma, and ego maturity.
  5. NARRATIVE as an aspect of identity and as a research method.
  6. EMERGING ADULT SEXUALITY: The sexual behaviors, attitudes and knowledge of University students.
  7. CRIME DESISTANCE and psychology-based programs designed to prevent criminal behavior.

Other specific interests include psychobiography, integrating quantitative and qualitative research, family dynamics, and the embeddedness of human lives.

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