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Robert W. Roeser, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
317f Cramer Hall

Post Office Box 751
Portland State University
Portland,OR 97207-0751

  • Office (503) 725-3985
  • Lab (503) 725-3913
  • Fax (503) 725-3904


Robert W. Roeser is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He received his Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master's degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work. In 2005 he was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India, from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar, and from 2006 to 2010 served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute (Boulder, CO).

Dr. Roeser's research focuses on the developmental effects of schooling on student identity development, well-being, and motivation and learning across childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. He is also interested in the professional development of teachers, especially with regard to developmental knowledge of students and professional dispositions such as mindfulness and compassion for self and others.

Other related research interests of Dr. Roeser's have included (a) the cultural identity development among urban adolescents during a period of rapid globalization in India; (b) the emergence of a national identity among ethnically diverse youth in South Africa during the post-Apartheid Era; and (c) the role of religion and spirituality in the positive development of immigrant youth in the United States.

Currently, Dr. Roeser's Culture and Contemplation in Education Lab (CaCiEL) is devoted to the study of the putative effects of mindfulness and compassion training for teachers, parents and students with regard to health and wellbeing, learning, and ethical development. We are investigating if such trainings represent viable and effective means of cultivating the self-regulatory skills and motivational dispositions we all need to thrive and flourish in the 21st Century in terms of a healthy body, a calm and clear mind, and a kind and good heart.