Welcome Research and Scholarship

Welcome to my university page with links and downloadable files!

I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame who focuses on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective.  I am  especially interested in how early life experience and societal culture interact to influence wellbeing and virtuous character in children and adults.

I integrate neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in my theories, research and writing about moral development, parenting and education. I have identified the evolved nest as critical for moral formation, triune=ethics meta-theory as a framework for how moral mindsets can shift or become dispositional from experience, integrative ethical education (via RAVES: relationship, apprenticeship, virtue exemplars, ethical expertise, self-authorship), and indigenous wisdom for fostering optimal moral functioning (relational attunement and communal imagination).

See also EvolvedNest.org

See also DarciaNarvaez.com

Curriculum Vitae:

Books: LINK

Download Papers: LINK

En español: LINK

WORKSHOP Materials For Educators

RESEARCH TOOLS & MEASURES (for teachers and researchers)

BLOG AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: “Moral Landscapes: Living the Life that is Good for one to Live”


YouTube Playlist

Personal webpage

Wikipedia Page

About my spouse, Dan Lapsley



Triune Ethics Meta-Theory (and measures)

The Evolved Nest (Evolved Developmental Niche)

Indigenous Wisdom

Moral Complexity and Mature Moral Functioning

Education for Virtue, Ethics, Morality
Moral Discourse Processing/Comprehension
Moral Self and Identity
Diversity and Culture
Moral & Political Judgment
College and Professional Education
Other Areas of Interest


(links to videos, powerpoints)

  • Pathways to Child Flourishing
  • Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue Development
  • Human Evolution and Human Nature
  • Human Nature, Early Experience and the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness

Other Sites

Evolutionary Developmental Moral Psychology Lab (Evo-De-Mo)