Krisanne Bursik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Psychology
B.A., Villanova University (Psychology); M.A., Ph.D., Boston University (Psychology).

Contact Information

Suffolk University
Department of Psychology
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114
Donahue 138
617-573-8295 (Office)
617-3056318 (Fax)

Courses Taught

PSYCH 226 Theories of Personality
PSYCH 326 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 772 The Teaching of Psychology

Specialty Areas

Personality and individual differences; adolescent and adult ego development; gender and women’s studies.

My research integrates several theoretical models and empirical domains from personality psychology, developmental psychology, and the field of gender studies. More specifically, I have been examining the relations among dispositional theories, developmental models of the ego, and theories of gender role development. Several recent studies have explored how individual differences in adolescent gender role development and ego development predict differences in the behavior, conscious attitudes, and unconscious processes of adolescents and young adults. Using the Loevinger’s model of ego development and Bem’s Gender Schema Theory, I have examined gender, gender role, and ego developmental differences in relationship satisfaction, divorce adjustment, identity development, perceptions of sexual harassment, and dream content.

Ongoing research explores additional behavioral, emotional, and cognitive correlates of these developmental lines. Recent co-authored presentations and publications with doctoral students extend these themes to related domains, including the prediction of adolescent academic achievement, sexual decision-making, experience of guilt and shame, capacity to envision therapeutic goals, valuing of monogamy, and development of political ideologies. My newest projects are exploring ego developmental differences in risky sexual behavior and personal integrity.  I am also currently working on several studies that examine various methodological and psychometric properties of the Sentence Completion Test of ego development.

Selected Publications

Schmookler, T., & Bursik, K. (2007). The value of monogamy in emerging adulthood: A gendered perspective. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24(6), 819-835.

Stackert, R., & Bursik, K. (2006). Ego development and the therapeutic goal-setting capacities of mentally ill adults. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 60, 357-374.

Bursik, K., & Martin, T. A. (2006). Ego development and adolescent academic achievement. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 1-18.

Benetti-McQuoid, J., & Bursik, K. (2005). Individual differences in experiences of and responses to guilt and shame: Examining the lenses of gender and gender role. Sex Roles, 53, 133-142.

Vareschi, C., & Bursik, K. (2005). Attachment style differences in the parental interactions and adaptation patterns of divorcing parents. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 42, 15

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