Robert W. Roeser, Ph.D.

Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University

Robert W. Roeser is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work.

In 2005 and 2016, Dr. Roeser was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India; from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar; and from 2006 to 2010 served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute (Boulder, CO). At the Mind and Life Institute Boulder, he helped to coordinate the Mind and Life Education Research Network (MLERN).

Dr. Roeser’s main research expertise is in the areas of childhood and adolescence, schooling as a central cultural context affecting students’ academic, social-emotional and ethical development; and the role of mindfulness and compassion training for parents, teachers and students with respect to improving health and wellbeing, teaching and learning, and a culture of compassion and equity in education . His recent scholarly articles have focused on mindfulness in education and compassion in human development.