Jordan Booker

Jordan Booker, Affiliate, Black Studies
Assistant Professor Department of Psychology
213 McAlester Hall

Jordan Booker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Developmental Psychology area. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2015 and spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University. He directs the Positive Youth Development Lab, focusing on autobiographical reminiscing, emotional competence, and identity development among older children, adolescents, and early adults.  His research focuses broadly on aspects of emotional competence, identity, and personal character as they relate to well-being and resilience from late childhood to emerging adulthood. This includes considering parent-child socialization during interactions, forms of autobiographical reminiscing, and social responses to face-to-face and hypothetical interpersonal scenarios. Dr. Booker's recent work has involved basic questions of narrative meaning-making and well-being among college- and community-recruited adults, as well as more applied questions involving ties between the organization of community adults' trauma narratives and longitudinal posttraumatic and depressive symptoms. Dr. Booker is currently conducting multi-phase studies of mother-adolescent reminiscing and emerging adult reminiscing, addressing the ways autobiographical reminiscing is related to social support and socialization, personality, and identity. 

Courses Taught: 

PSYCH 2410 - Developmental Psychology

Recent Publications: 




Selected Publications: 

Booker, J. A. (2018). Patterns of growth and distancing in emerging adults’ narratives of challenging experiences. Social Development. doi: 10.1111/sode.12354

Booker, J.A., Capriola-Hall, N. N., Greene, R. W., & Ollendick, T. H. (2018). The parent-relationship and post-treatment child outcomes across two treatments for oppositional defiant disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Booker, J. A., & Dunsmore, J. D. (2018). Testing direct and indirect ties of self-compassion with subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies

Merrill, N., Booker, J. A., & Fivush, R. (2018). Frequency and function of intergenerational narratives told by young people. Manuscript in press at Topics in Cognitive Science

Booker, J. A., Capriola-Hall, N. C., & Ollendick, T. H. (2018). Parental influences and child internalizing outcomes across multiple generations. Manuscript in press at Journal of Child and Family Studies

Booker, J.A., Capriola-Hall, N. C., Dunsmore, J. C., Greene, R. G., & Ollendick, T. H. (2018). Change in maternal stress for families in treatment for their children with oppositional defiant disorder. Manuscript in press at Journal of Child and Family Studies

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. (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 Psychology36, 580-606.

Booker, J. A., & Dunsmore, J. C. (2016). Profiles of wisdom among emerging adults:  Associations with empathy, gratitude, and forgiveness.Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 315-325.

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

Dunsmore, J. C., Booker, J. A., & Ollendick, T. H., Greene, R. W. (2016). Emotion socialization in the context of risk and psychopathology: Maternal emotion coaching predicts better treatment outcomes for emotionally labile children with oppositional defiant disorder: Emotion coaching and treatment outcomes for ODD. Social Development, 25, 8-26