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William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution. He is one of the world's leading researchers on the development of purpose. He is the author of The Path to Purpose. Damon's other books include The Moral Child; Greater Expectations (winner of the Parent's Choice Book Award); Some Do Care: Lives of Moral Commitment (with Anne Colby); Good Work (with Howard Gardner and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi); and The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice (also with Anne Colby). Damon’s present work includes a study that explores the development of purpose in the college years and a study of family purposes across generations. Damon has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Editor-in-Chief, Handbook of Child Psychology, 1998, 2006 editions.
Advisory Boards, Positive Coaching Alliance, The Thriving Indicators Project.
Dr. Damon writes on purpose 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 purposeful. Damon has written several books on purpose and character development, and he has been 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 purpose character education. Damon's research has led to a number of widely-recognized educational methods at the secondary and higher education levels.