Skip to School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS) site navigationSkip to main content

Emily Abbey

Emily AbbeyProfessor of Developmental Psychology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2007

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7677
  • Email:
  • Office: G-271
  • Office Hours: T 1:00-2:30; W by Appointment


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
  • M.A., Psychology
  • B.A., Psychology

Convening Group:

  • Psychology

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Fieldwork with Children

Teaching Interest:

  • My teaching interests include exploring theories of development, and relating such theories to phenomenon, focusing especially on the cultural guiding of human thought and action over the life course.

Research Interest:

  • Working from a developmental and cultural psychological standpoint, my research focuses on spiritual and moral growth in later adulthood. It builds from the seminal studies of Lawrence Kohlberg as well as James Fowler, while trying to go beyond stage-theoretic descriptions to offer a processes-based account of how growth occurs.

Recent Publications:

  • Abbey, E. & Bastos, A. C. (2014). Creating bridges: The poetic dimension through family life. Culture &      Psychology, 20 (2) 232-243.
  • Abbey, E. (2012). Ambivalence and its Transformation. In J. Valsiner (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Abbey, E. (2012). Metaconceptual frameworks and the study of human infant category construction. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 46(2), 196-204.
  •  Abbey, E. & Surgan, S. (Eds.) (2011). Emerging Methods in Psychology. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.
  •  Abbey, E. (2010). Imagination and the movement of meaning. In B. Wagoner (Ed.) Symbolic Transformations:        The Mind in Movement Through Culture and Society. London: Routledge.
  •  Abbey, E. & Falmagne, R.J. (2008).  Modes of tension work within the complex self. Culture & Psychology, 14, 95-113.
  •  Abbey, E. & Diriwächter, R. (Eds.) (2008). Innovating Genesis: Microgenesis and the Constructive Mind in Action. Charlotte, SC: InfoAge.
  •  Abbey, E. (2007). Perpetual uncertainty of cultural life: Becoming reality. In J. Valsiner & A. Rosa (Eds.),    Cambridge Handbook of Socio-Cultural Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ramapo College of New Jersey recognizes the value of publishing on the Internet. The College does not preview, review, censor, or control the content of these pages in any way as a matter of course. This page and Web pages linked from this page are created by the authors, and do not in any way constitute official Ramapo College of New Jersey content.