Ann S. Masten, PhD, LP

Professor, Institute of Child Development

Ann S. Masten

Contact Info

Office Address:
Institute of Child Development
205 Child Development
51 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Institute of Child Development

Center for Neurobehavioral Development


I study competence, risk, and resilience in development, with a focus on the processes leading to positive adaptation and outcomes in young people whose lives are threatened by adversity. This work aims to build a better science for promoting positive adaptation and preventing problems in human development.

I direct the Project Competence Studies of Risk and Resilience, including the Project Competence Longitudinal Study, which has followed a sample of community children and their families for more than 20 years. Our recent research in Minnesota has focused on school success in homeless and other disadvantaged mobile children, in collaboration with partners from the community and university. This program of research includes basic and translational projects aimed at learning what makes a difference for resilience and how to strategically target and time interventions or policies to promote success in disadvantaged children. We have analyzed large-scale administrative data sets and also conducted intensive studies of families residing in emergency shelters for homeless families. Our work is multi-level and multi-disciplinary.

At the national and international level, I work with colleagues in multiple disciplines to understand adaptation and development, particularly in relation to migration, disasters, and war. In Europe, for example, I collaborate with Professor Frosso Motti-Stefanidi at the University of Athens on the Athena Studies of Resilient Adaptation (AStRA), currently focused on acculturation and development in immigrant youth.

I am keenly interested in the integration of resilience theory and findings across disciplines and scale because it is crucial for efforts to address global issues of potentially catastrophic magnitude. Integrated approaches are essential for preparedness and recovery in major disasters, terrorism, and war, and also for building resilience capacity in children, families, and societies around the world.


Research Summary/Interests

Competence, risk, and resilience processes in development; Children in war and disaster; Protective influences of relationships, parenting, self-regulation, and motivation.


  • Masten, A. S. (2014). Ordinary magic: Resilience in development. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Supkoff, L. M., Narayan, A. J., & Masten, A. S. (2014). Parenting and co-regulation: Adaptive systems for competence in children experiencing homelessness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 420-430.
  • Masten, A. S. (2014). Global perspectives on resilience in children and youth. Child Development, 85, 6-20. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0150-2
  • Cutuli, J. J., Desjardins, C. D., Herbers, J. E., Long, J. D., Heistad, D., Chan, C.-K., Hinz, E., & Masten, A. S. (2013). Academic achievement trajectories of homeless and highly mobile students: Resilience in the context of chronic and acute risk. Child Development, 84, 841-857. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12013
  • Masten, A. S. (2013). Risk and resilience in development. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.), Oxford handbook of developmental psychology. Vol 2. Self and other (pp. 579-607). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Masten, A. S., Gewirtz, A. H., & Sapienza, J. K. (2013). Resilience in development: The importance of early childhood. In A. S. Masten (topic editor) section on Resilience, in R. E. Tremblay, M. Voivin, & R. DeV. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of early childhood development. [Available free online.]
  • Masten, A. S., & Tellegen, A. (2012). Resilience in developmental psychopathology: Contributions of the Project Competence Longitudinal Study. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 345-361. doi: 10.1017/S095457941200003X
  • Masten, A. S., Herbers, J. E., Desjardins, C. D., Cutuli, J. J., McCormick, C. M., Sapienza, J. K., Long, J. D., & Zelazo, P. D. (2012). Executive function skills and school success in young children experiencing homelessness. Educational Researcher, 41, 375-384. doi: 10.3102/0013189X12459883
  • Motti-Stefanidi, F., Asendorpf, J. B., & Masten, A. S. (2012). The adaptation and well-being of adolescent immigrant in Greek schools: A multilevel, longitudinal study of risks and resources. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 451-573. doi: 10.1017/S0954579412000090
  • Masten, A. S., Liebkind, K., & Hernandez, D. J. (Eds.). (2012). Realizing the potential of immigrant youth. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Masten, A. S., & Narayan, A. J. (2012). Child development in the context of disaster, war and terrorism: Pathways of risk and resilience. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 227-257. doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-120710-100356
  • Masten, A. S. (2011). Resilience in children threatened by extreme adversity: Frameworks for research, practice, and translational synergy. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 141-154. doi: 10.1017/S0954579411000198
  • Masten, A. S., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.). (2010). Developmental Cascades [two Special Issues],Development and Psychopathology, 22(3, 4), 491-715; 717-783.
  • Masten, A. S., & Osofsky, J. (2010). Disasters and their impact on child development: Introduction to the special section. Child Development, 81, 1029-1039. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01452.x
  • Masten, A. S. (2009). Ordinary Magic: Lessons from research on resilience in human development. Education Canada, 49, 28-32.
  • Masten, A. S., & Obradovic, J. (2008). Disaster preparation and recovery: Lessons from research on resilience in human development. Ecology and Society, 13: 9 [online] URL:
  • Masten, A. S. (2007). Resilience in developing systems: Progress and promise as the fourth wave rises. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 921-930. doi: 10.1017/S0954579407000442
  • Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development. American Psychologist, 56, 227-238. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.56.3.227



Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives