Jordan Booker

Jordan Booker
Assistant Professor
213 McAlester Hall
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My research broadly addresses the aspects of emotional development, personality development, and identity development across older childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. I am interested in strengths-based perspectives regarding these forms of development and the ways they contribute to thriving and resilience. 

In addition to the reports of adjustment and functioning individuals can provide in thinking about themselves and their close relationships, I also collect and analyze the rich autobiographical narratives individuals provide of their lived experiences, and recorded interactions between close individuals (i.e., parents and children; between friends). These rich insights provide unique information about how lived experiences and ongoing interactions are shaped by many aspects of development (i.e., emotional, cognitive, identity) and uniquely inform adjustment and functioning across important periods of the lifespan. 

My 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.

I am not currently recruiting graduate students. 



PSYCH 2410 - Developmental Psychology

PSYCH 3880/BLSTU 3100 - African American Psychology


I completed my doctoral training in the Developmental Psychology program at Virginia Tech, working with Drs. Julie Dunsmore and Thomas Ollendick. Through projects and courses across training, I 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 my doctoral training, I also built interest in aspects of personality development and the importance of character in informing well-being and resilience. I began integrating these lines of research, beginning with my dissertation. 

Following doctoral training, I 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, I also placed greater focus on identity development and continued integrating research inquiries across emotional, personality, and identity development. Much of my work addresses the implications of these facets of development for health and psychosocial functioning. 

I continue to incorporate the major questions and methods that have driven my interest in developmental science as I continue to grow the Positive Youth Development Lab and benefit from enriching collaborative opportunities with students and colleagues at the University of Missouri and beyond. 

Selected Publications: 

Booker, J. A., Brakke, K., & Pierre, N. (2022). It’s time to make more goals so I can keep pushing: Hope, growth, and well-being among young Black women. Emerging Adulthood. Advance online publication.  

Sanders, C. A., Rose, H., Booker, J. A., & King, L. A. (2022). Claiming the role of positive psychology in the fight against prejudice. Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication.

Booker, J. A., & Ell, M. A. (2022). Intergenerational transmission of mastery between mothers and older offspring: Considering direct, moderated, and mediated effects. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication.

Booker, J. A., Fivush, R., & Graci, M. E. (2022). Narrative identity informs psychological adjustment: Considering three themes captured across five time points and two event valences. Journal of Personality. Advance online publication.

Booker, J. A., & Perlin, J. P. (2022). Moving beyond redemptive magnitude: Examining redemptive forms and themes in young adults’ narratives of difficulty life experiences. Identity. Advance online publication.

Booker, J. A., Hernandez, E., Talley, K. E., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2022). Connecting with others: Dispositional and situational relatedness during the college transition. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication.

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

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.

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.

Booker, J. A., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2016). Affective social competence in adolescence: Current findings and future directions.Social Development26, 3-20.