John Santrock

Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Psychological Sciences

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Developmental Psychology
University of Minnesota - 1973
M.S. - Psychology
University of Miami - 1967
B.A. - Psychology
University of Miami - 1965

Research Areas

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the nature of family processes and the social development of children and adolescents. Early studies demonstrated that the effects of divorce are mediated by a number of demographic variables and ongoing interactions between children and their close relationships. Also documented was the prevalence of stereotypes about children from divorced families. Other data revealed that children from mother custody families do not always generalize to other family structure arrangements, such as father custody families.

Publications

Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Topical Life-Span Development (3rd ed.) (Chinese Short-Form). Shanghai: McGraw-Hill China. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Essentials of Life-Span Development. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock J.W., & King, L.A. (2009, in press). Psychology Essentials (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Adolescence(12th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Children (10th ed.). New York; McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Topical Life-Span Development (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W., & King, LA. (2009, in press). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2009, in press). Psychology Essentials (2nd ed.) (Chinese Long-Form).Shanghai: McGraw-Hill China. 2009 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2008, in press). Child Development(11th ed.). Athens, GR: McGrawHill. 2008 - Publication
Santrock, J.W. (2008, in press). Life-Span Development (10th ed.). Mexico City: McGraw-Hill Spanish. 2008 - Publication

Appointments

Full Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1985–Present]
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Department Head
The University of Texas at Dallas [1977–1980]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1977–1977]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1976–1977]
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia [1973–1976]
Instructor of Psychology
University of Minnesota [1973–2018]
Instructor of Psychology
Morris Harvey College [1967–1970]
School Psychologist
Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, WV [1966–1967]

Projects

Evaluating self-help books.
2000–2000 Santrock, JW. (2000, April). Invited keynote address at the Midwestern Teaching of Psychology meeting, DeKalb, IL.
The role of marital and parent-child relationships in children's peer relations in stepfamilies.
1987–1987 Sitterle, K.A., Hay, G., & Santrock, JW. (1987, April). Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
The social development of children in stepmother and stepfather families.
1985–1985 Santrock, JW., Warshak, R.A., Sitterle, K.A., Dosier, C., & Stephens, M. (1985, April). Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Toronto.
Adolescents, divorce, and close relationships.
1987–1987 Madison, T., Carson, D.D., & Santrock, JW. (1987, April). Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore.
Parent-child relations in stepfamilies.
1988–1988 Santrock, JW. & Sitterle, K.A. (1988, August). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Atlanta.

Additional Information

Personal Statement

John Santrock received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the U. of Minnesota in 1973. Before coming to UT-Dallas in 1976 (where he was program head in psychology for three years), he taught at the U. of Georgia.

John Santrock's research focuses on family processes and children's socioemotional development. He conducted the first major research study on comparisons of children in mother and father custody families. This continues to be used in expert witness testimony to promote flexibility and alternative considerations in custody disputes. A research grant from NIMH supported this research. He has served on the editorial boards of the two leading research journals in developmental psychology--Child Development and Developmental Psychology--from 1979-1994.

Since coming to UT-Dallas, John Santrock has authored more than 100 textbooks in various areas of psychology. His current list of titles are: Psychology (7th Ed., Revised), Psychology Brief (2nd Ed.), Your Guide to College Success (5th Ed.), Life-Span Development (11th Ed.), Adolescence (12th Ed.), Child Development (12th Ed.), Children (10th Ed.), Life-Span Development: A Topical Approach (4th Ed.), Essentials of Life-Span Development, Educational Psychology (3rd Ed.), and Human Adjustment. In addition, 35 international editions of John Santrock’s texts have been published, including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Canadian editions.

Educational Psychology was given an award as the most outstanding new title in humanities and social sciences by McGraw-Hill for 2001 and Topical Life-Span Development was the co-winner of McGraw-Hill's award for the most outstanding new derivative book in 2002. A 1994 Santrock book, The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Books, and a 2003 book (The Authoritative Guide to Mental Health Resources) are widely recognized as innovative contributions in the field of clinical and counseling psychology.

John Santrock teaches courses in life-span development, adolescence, educational psychology, and family processes. He also helped to create the first year college success course at UTD and taught this course for six years.

Editorial Positions
  • Reviewer, SRCD, 1998-99.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Developmental Psychology, 1986-1994.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Child Development, 1980-1985.
  • Consulting Reviewer, Develop mental Psychology. JPSP, Journal of Educational Psychology, Developmental Review, Motivation and Emotion, Sex Roles, Journal ofSocia1 Issues, NIMH, NSF.
  • Special Review Committee, NIMH, "Effects of Divorce on Children," Washington, D.C., March, 1980.
  • Member, Site Visit Teams, NIMH, 1980 - U. ofTexas, U. ofTexas at Arlington, U. of Kentucky, Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California.
  • Outside Reviewer and Examiner, Pli.D. Dissertation. U. of Calgary, 1983.
Honors and Awards
  • 2006 Effective Teaching Award, University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2004 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in Consumer Health (Authoritative Guicle to ll//ezmil Heéllfll Resources)
  • 2004 Wadsworth Award for the Most Outstanding Revision ofa Text: Santrock, J.W. & Halonen, J.S. (2004). Your Guide to College Success (S"! Ed.}
  • 2002 McGraw-Hill Award (Co-Winner), most outstanding new derivative book in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2002 (Topical Life-Span Development)
  • 2001 McGraw-Hill Award, most outstanding new book in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2001 (Ecluecmoizal Psyc/iologr)
  • 1997 Templeton Foundation, Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Study of Psychology and Religion
  • 1981 - 1984 National lnstitute of Mental Health Grant
  • 1970 - 1973 National lnstitute of Health Fellowship
  • 1967 - 1970 National Teaching Fellowship
  • 1961 - 1963 J, Williams White Scholarship
  • 1961 National Merit Finalist

Funding

The Social Worlds of Children and Adults in Stepparent Families.
$4,066 - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health [1983–2018]
The Social Development of Children in Stepparent Families.
$119,103 - National Institute of Mental Health, [1981–1984]
Sibling Interaction; A Neglected Aspect of Family Influences on Chi1dren's Social Development.
$3,671 - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health [1981–1982]
A Comparison of Children in Divorced and lntact Families.
$1,000 - Organized Research Grant, U. of Texas at Dallas [1980–1981]
The Social Development ofChildren in Father and Mother Custody Families
$12,000 - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. [1978–1979]