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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

John Santrock


John Santrock
















About John Santrock


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.


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.


Recent Publications


Santrock, J.W. (2008). Life-Span Development (11th Ed.). (Published 2006). New York: McGraw-Hill.


Santrock, J.W. (2008). Educational Psychology (3rd Ed.). (Published 2006). New York: McGraw-Hill.


Santrock, J.W. and Halonen, J. (2008). Your Guide to College Success (5th Ed.). (Published 2006). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.