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Laurence Steinberg
Professor Laurence Steinberg
Professor Laurence Steinberg of Temple University
Born1952 (age 69–70)
Alma materVassar College
Scientific career
FieldsDevelopmental psychology
InstitutionsTemple University
Doctoral studentsShelli Avenevoli

Laurence Steinberg (born 1952) is an American university professor of psychology, specializing in adolescent psychological development.[1][2] Steinberg is a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is a Distinguished University Professor, and where he holds a named position, the "Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience". He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a Faculty Scholar of the William T. Grant Foundation, and was Director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. Steinberg is a former president of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. Steinberg proposed the Dual Systems Model of adolescent brain development. He has been a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies and lawmakers on child labor, secondary education, and juvenile justice policy. and expert witness in criminal trials of juveniles and young adults accused of serious violent crimes.


Steinberg has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Lectureship; the John P. Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Adolescence, given by the Society for Research on Adolescence; the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Gallagher Lectureship; the James McKeen Fellow Award, given by the Association for Psychological Science; and several lifetime achievement awards given by the American Psychological Association, including the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Developmental Psychology (formerly known as the G. Stanley Hall Award) and the Presidential Citation. In 2009, he was named the first recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development. In 2014, he received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national prize given to professors who have “inspired former students to make a contribution to society.”

Steinberg is the author of approximately 500 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books, including Adolescence, the leading college textbook on adolescent development; When Teenagers Work: The Psychological and Social Costs of Adolescent Employment (with Ellen Greenberger); Crossing Paths: How Your Child’s Adolescence Triggers Your Own Crisis (with Wendy Steinberg); Beyond the Classroom: Why School Reform Has Failed and What Parents Need to Do (with Bradford Brown and Sanford Dornbusch); The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, which has been published in 10 languages; You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10 to 25; Rethinking Juvenile Justice (with Elizabeth Scott); Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence; and You and Your Adult Child: The Keys to a Great Relationship From Graduation to Grandparenting. He has also written for many popular outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Slate, and Salon.

Steinberg is frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness in cases involving juvenile offenders.[3] The Boston Globe called upon Steinberg to address, for its readers, the question as to whether 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, should be given a reduced sentence because he had always looked up to his older brother.[4]

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, was published by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2014.[5][6][7] While introducing Steinberg, prior to interviewing him about this book, for National Public Radio, Anya Kamenetz described how "his testimony has contributed to Supreme Court decisions abolishing the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for juvenile offenders." Using Age of Opportunity as a starting point Wendy Leung, in The Globe and Mail credits Steinberg as "redefining" how we think about adolescence.[8] Leung notes how Steinberg's study of “neuroplasticity” justifies considering adolescence continuing up until 25 years old, because individuals' brains were not fully formed at that age.

From 1983 to 1988, he was professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison and from 1977 to 1983, he was assistant professor at University of California, Irvine.[9] His PhD in developmental psychology is from Cornell University.[9]

In a New York Times request-for-comment about lowering the legal drinking age, Steinberg responded that it should be lowered from 21 to 19, but not to 18 as is more commonly debated.[10] At least two countries, namely Canada and South Korea, are known to have 19 as their drinking age.

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  1. ^ Claudia Dreifus (November 30, 2009). "Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers Are Different". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015. Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia, is one of the leading experts in the United States on adolescent behavior and adolescent brain biology.
  2. ^ "Laurence Steinberg". Temple University. Retrieved 2015-08-19. Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Laurence Steinberg (2014). Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 190. ISBN 9780544279773. Retrieved 2015-08-19. The person questioning me at Guantanamo Bay about formal operations and IEDs was Marine Major Jeff Groharing, the attorney prosecuting the case against Khadr for the U.S government.
  4. ^ Laurence Steinberg (2013-03-30). "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, adolescent or adult?". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2015-08-19.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "The New Science Of Adolescence". WBUR. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ Laurence Steinberg (2 July 2014). "AGE OF OPPORTUNITY". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  7. ^ Anya Kamenetz (2014-10-04). "Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2015-08-19. Steinberg teaches at Temple University. As an expert on adolescent development, his testimony has contributed to Supreme Court decisions abolishing the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for juvenile offenders.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Wendy Leung (2014-09-25). "Why we need to treat adolescents in a radical new way". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-08-19. In his engrossing new book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, Steinberg calls for a radical change in how we think about and deal with adolescents. For starters, he redefines the term adolescence to include 10-year-olds to young adults up to the age of 25, reflecting a stage of development in which they aren’t yet socially or financially independent from their parents and their brains aren’t yet fully mature. To make this case, he draws on science that suggests individuals have heightened “neuroplasticity” during this stage of life, where their brains are more malleable than in adulthood.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b Steinberg, Laurence (12 June 2013). "The influence of neuroscience on US Supreme Court decisions about adolescents' criminal culpability". Nature. 14 (7): 513–518. doi:10.1038/nrn3509. PMID 23756633. S2CID 12544303.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Laurence. "Lower the Drinking Age to 19." The New York Times. 10 February 2015. Request for comment: His response.

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