Dr. Booker's research focuses broadly on aspects of emotional, personality, and identity development as they relate to well-being and resilience for children, teens, and younger adults. This includes considering parent-child socialization during interactions, forms of autobiographical reminiscing, and responses to face-to-face and hypothetical social scenarios.
Dr. Booker's recent work includes research on the importance of family storytelling for adolescent emotional competence and identity development and research on the role of narrative identity for psychosocial adjustment against the backdrop of COVID-19.
Dr. Booker is not recruiting graduate students for the Fall 2021 application cycle.
PSYCH 2410 - Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 3880/BLSTU 3100 - African American Psychology
Dr. Booker completed his doctoral training in the Developmental Psychology program at Virginia Tech, working with Drs. Julie Dunsmore and Thomas Ollendick. Through projects and courses across his training, Dr. Booker became more familiar with topics in emotion competence and parental emotion socialization against the backdrop of clinical treatment for children, particularly as parents engaged in storytelling about challenging events to guide and support children. In the latter stages of his doctoral training, Dr. Booker also built interest in aspects of personality development and the importance of character in informing well-being and resilience. He began integrating these lines of research, beginning with his dissertation.
Following doctoral training, Dr. Booker completed three years of postdoctoral training with Dr. Robyn Fivush at Emory University, focusing on the importance of autobiographical reminiscing and narrative identity--the importance of life stories. In pursuing this area of research, he also placed greater focus on identity development and continued integrating research inquiries across emotional, personality, and identity development. Much of Dr. Booker's work addresses the implications of these facets of development for health and psychosocial functioning.
Dr. Booker continues to incorporate the major questions and methods that have driven his interest in developmental science as he continues to grow the Positive Youth Development Lab and benefit from enriching collaborative opportunities with students and colleagues at the University of Missouri and beyond.
Booker, J. A., Fivush, R., & Graci, M. E. (2021). Narrative identity informs psychological adjustment: Considering three themes captured across five time points and two event valences. Manuscript in press at Journal of Personality.
Booker, J. A., & Perlin, J. P. (2021). Moving beyond redemptive magnitude: Examining redemptive forms and themes in young adults’ narratives of difficulty life experiences. Manuscript in press at Identity.
Booker, J. A., Hernandez, E., Talley, K. E., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2021). Connecting with others: Dispositional and situational relatedness during the college transition. Manuscript in press at Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Booker, J. A., Dunsmore, J. C., Fivush, R. (2021). Adjustment factors of attachment, hope, and motivation in emerging adult well-being. Manuscript in press at Journal of Happiness Studies.
Booker, J. A., Ispa, J. M., Im, J., Maiya, S., Roos, J., & Carlo, G. (2020). African American mothers talk to their preadolescents about honesty and Lying. Manuscript in press at Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Booker, J. A., Wesley, R., & Pierre, N. (2020). Agency, well-being, and identity development among Midwestern college adults. Manuscript in press at Journal of College Student Development.
Merrill, N., Booker, J. A., & Fivush, R. (2019). Frequency and function of intergenerational narratives told by young people. Topics in Cognitive Science, 11, 752-773. https://doi.org/10.1111/tops.12356
Booker, J. A. (2019). Patterns of growth and distancing in emerging adults’ narratives of challenging experiences. Social Development, 28, 802-819. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12354
Booker, J. A., Capriola-Hall, N. C., & Ollendick, T. H. (2018). Parental influences and child internalizing outcomes across multiple generations. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 2217-2231. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1067-7
Fivush, R., Booker, J. A., & Graci, M. E. (2017). Ongoing narrative meaning-making within events and across the lifespan. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 37, 127-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/0276236617733824
Booker, J. A., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2017). Expressive writing and emotional well-being during the transition to college: Comparison of therapeutic and gratitude-focused writing. Manuscript in press at Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36, 580-606. https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2017.36.7.580
Booker, J. A., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2016). Affective social competence in adolescence: Current findings and future directions.Social Development, 26, 3-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12193