Professional Biography

After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Fegley worked as a data manager and research analyst for the Temple University site of the NICHD study of early childcare. From 2000-2009 she was a research associate at the Center for Health Achievement Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES) at Penn’s Graduate School of Education where she worked on research and evaluation projects looking at resiliency, coping and identity processes of diverse children, adolescents and adults from predominantly low income backgrounds. She has also co-developed and delivered training workshops and training materials designed to help organizations and schools better understand and integrate human developmental knowledge into their work with children, youth and families.

Research Interests and Current Projects


Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) Temple University, 1997

B.A. (Psychology) Rutgers University, 1989 

Areas of Expertise

Self-understanding and development
Human development
Program evaluation

Selected Publications

Fegley, S. G., Spencer, M. B., Goss, T. N., Harpalani, V., & Charles, N. Colorism embodied: Skin tone and psychosocial well-being in adolescence. In W. Overton & U. Mueller (Eds.), Body in mind, mind in body: Developmental perspectives on embodiment and consciousness. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc, 2008.

Spencer, M. B., Dupree, D. & Fegley, S. Identity as coping in diverse levels of context: Adolescents’ developmental challenges and opportunities. In Rainer K. Silbereisen & Richard M. Lerner (Eds.),Approaches to positive youth development, 2007.

Spencer, M. B., Fegley, S. & Dupree, D. Investigating and linking social conditions of African-American children and adolescents with emotional well being. Ethnicity & Disease, 16, 67-70, 2006.

Spencer, M. B., Fegley, S. G., Seaton, G., & Harpalani, V. Understanding hypermasculinity in context: A theory-driven analysis of urban adolescent males' coping responses. Research in Human Development, 1, 229-257, 2004.

Hart, D., Atkins, R., & Fegley, S. Personality and development in childhood: A person- centered approach.Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 68 (1, Serial No. 272), 2003.