Seana Moran, Ed.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7272

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Moran received a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1989, an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1992, an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain and Behavior plus an Ed.D. in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University in 2001 and 2006, and postdoctoral training at Stanford University in 2007.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Moran’s research interests take a developmental perspective on how individuals make contributions to situations, institutions and communities and how they recognize themselves as contributors. Each of us is part of the “environment” for others’ development. That is, psychology includes not just how environmental stimuli affect an individual’s psychology, but also how an individual’s psychology stimulates other individuals’—as well as more collective forms of—psychology. Our interactions—direct and interpersonal, or indirect through media and artifacts—jointly develop the community, society, culture, and future we share. In particular, Dr. Moran examines the developmental paths to exemplary forms of contribution, including creativity (which transforms the trajectory of culture), prosocial life purpose (which gives a positive, inclusive direction to a person’s life trajectory), wisdom (which is considered a deep, systemic knowledge of, and skill for affecting, how aspects of the world are interconnected). Her current focus is on the intersection of creativity and morality/ethics: how what is currently valued and considered “good” affects how and whether creativity is manifested, and how novel, useful contributions can lead to moral turbulence.

At Clark, Dr. Moran teaches a seminar on Creativity & Collaboration and the LEEP Lab. She has taught adult development, adolescent development, professional ethics, leadership, youth entrepreneurship, advertising, and marketing in psychology, education, and business schools at other universities as well as in professional trainer and coach roles.

Selected Publications

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Moran, S., Kaufman, J. C., & Cropley, D. H. (Eds.). (forthcoming). The ethics of creativity.

Moran, S. (forthcoming). Youth’s own understandings of purpose: Are there distinct “cultures of purpose”? Applied Developmental Science.

Moran, S., Bundick, M., Malin, H., & Reilly, T.S. (forthcoming). How supportive of their specific purposes do youth believe their family and friends are? Journal of Adolescent Research.

Moran, S. (2010). Changing the world: Tolerance and creativity aspirations among American youth. High Ability Studies, 21(2), 117-132.

Moran, S. (2010). The roles of creativity in society. In J.C. Kaufman & R.J. Sternberg (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of creativity (pp. 74-90). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Moran, S. (2010). Creativity in school. In K.S. Littleton, C. Wood, & J.K. Staarman (Eds.), International handbook of psychology in education (pp. 319-360). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.

Moran, S. (2009). Purpose: Giftedness in intrapersonal intelligence. High Ability Studies, 20(2), 143-159.

Moran, S. (2009). What role does commitment play among writers with different levels of creativity? Creativity Research Journal, 21(2-3), 243-257.

Moran, S. (2009). Creativity: A systems perspective. In T. Richards, M. Runco, & S. Moger (Eds.), The Routledge companion to creativity (pp. 292-301). London: Routledge.

Connell, M., & Moran, S. (2009). PowerPlay! Online simulator (wisdom-in-action).

Chen, J-Q., Moran, S., & Gardner, H. (Eds.). (2009). Multiple intelligences around the world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Moran, S., & Gardner, H. (2006). Extraordinary cognitive achievements: A developmental and systems analysis. In W. Damon (Series Ed.) & D. Kuhn & R.S. Siegler (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 2 Cognition, perception, and language (6th ed.; pp. 905-949). New York: Wiley.

Moran, S., & Gardner, H. (2006). Multiple intelligences in the workplace. In H. Gardner, Multiple intelligences: New horizons (pp. 213-232). New York: Basic Books.

Moran, S., & John-Steiner, V. (2004). How collaboration in creative work impacts identity and motivation. In D. Miell & K. Littleton (Eds.), Collaborative creativity: Contemporary perspectives (pp. 11-25). London: Free Association Books.

Moran, S., & John-Steiner, V. (2003). Creativity in the making: Vygotsky’s contribution to the dialectic of creativity and development. In K. Sawyer et al., Creativity and development (pp. 61-90). New York: Oxford University Press.