Mary Brabeck

Current Position: Dean of New York University's Steinhardt School of Education

Brief Bio: Mary M. Brabeck, Ph.D. joined The Steinhardt School of Education as dean in October 2003. A leader in the field of educational and developmental psychology, Dr. Brabeck was dean of the Boston College Lynch School of Education from 1996-2003 and a professor of counseling and developmental psychology at Boston College from 1980 to 2003. Dr. Brabeck also holds the rank of Professor in the Steinhardt Department of Applied Psychology. Dr. Brabeck served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) from 2004-2005. She is a member of the Holmes Partnership Board of Directors, and serves on the American Psychological Associationís (APA) Board of Educational Affairs (January 2004-December 2006) and APA Board of Directors Standing Hearing Panel. A licensed psychologist, APA accreditation site visit chair, and fellow of APA (Divisions 7, 35 and 52), Dr. Brabeck has published more than 80 book chapters and journal articles.

Research Interests: Values and conceptions of the moral self; professional and feminist ethics; intellectual and ethical development; gender and culture; inter-professional collaboration

Sample Publications:
  • Brabeck, M. ed. Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology (Washington DC: APA, 2000)
  • Brabeck, M. M. and Rogers, L. Human rights as a moral issue: Lessons for moral educators from human rights work. Journal of Moral Education, 2002, pp. 167-182.
  • Brabeck, M. M. et al., Increasing ethical sensitivity to racial and gender intolerance In schools: Development of the Racial Ethical Sensitivity Test. Ethics and Behavior, 2000, 10 (2) pp. 119-137.
Perspective on Conference Themes: Since Plato, those who care about the development of engaged and committed citizens have seen education as a vehicle for achieving democratic goals. The conference reflects that fact that today's global and multicultural society presents new challenges for educators, policy analysts and parents.