Scott Seider

Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology

Boston College Lynch School of Education & Human Development


Scott Seider is an associate professor of applied developmental psychology in the Lynch School of Education & Human Development at Boston College. His research focuses on the role of schools in fostering adolescents' civic and character development, and he has reported on this work in more than 70 academic publications including Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success (2012), which won the American Educational Research Association's outstanding book award in moral development and education.

Dr. Seider's current work investigates the development of critical consciousness in adolescents. Key findings from this work have been published in a number of different academic journals including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and Youth & Society. With Prof. Daren Graves, Dr. Seider has also co-authored a book about the project, Schooling for Critical Consciousness, that will be published by Harvard Education Press in January 2020.

Before joining the Boston College faculty, Dr. Seider worked as an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools and as a teacher educator at Boston University. He earned an Ed.D. in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University and an A.B. in English & American Literature from Harvard College.