Faculty Biography


Lene Arnett Jensen, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: ljensen@clarku.edu

Professional Website



B.A., Oglethorpe University, 1989
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1996

Current Research and Teaching

Lene Arnett Jensen is the originator of the “cultural-developmental” theoretical approach to research on human psychology. This approach encompasses what is universal and what is culturally distinctive about human development. Unlike one-size-fits-all psychological theories of the 20th century, the cultural-developmental approach provides a flexible and dynamic way to think about psychological development in today’s global world. In Dr. Jensen’s book, Moral Development in a Global World: Research from a Cultural-Developmental Perspective, she argues that humans are born with a shared moral heritage and that, as we develop from childhood into adulthood, we branch off in diverse directions shaped by culture. This results in both novelty and contention (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Dr. Jensen, provides an in-depth and comprehensive synopsis of theory and research on human development, with every chapter drawing together findings from cultures around the world (Oxford University Press, 2015 hardcover, 2016 paperback). Dr. Jensen also authors print and interactive digital college textbooks on child and lifespan development that emphasize how universal features of development are shaped by cultural diversity. Her most recent textbooks are Human Development: A Cultural Approach, 3e (Pearson, 2019) and Child Development Worldwide: A Cultural Approach, 1e (Pearson, 2018). Dr Jensen is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Clark University.

Selected Publications

(Please visit Lene Arnett Jensen's professional website, http://www.lenearnettjensen.com, to dowload these and other publications)


Arnett, J.J., & Jensen, L. A. (2019). Human development: A cultural approach, 3e. New York: Pearson.

*Released in print and interactive digital/Revel formats.

Jensen, L. A., & Arnett, J. J. (2018). Child development worldwide: A cultural approach, 1e. New York: Pearson.

*Released in print and interactive digital/Revel formats.

Jensen, L. A. (Ed.). (2015). The Oxford handbook of human development and culture: An interdisciplinary perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Released as paperback in 2016.

Jensen, L. A. (Ed). (2015). Moral development in a global world: Research from a cultural-developmental perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Jensen, L. A. (Ed.). (2011). Bridging cultural and developmental approaches to psychology: New syntheses in theory, research and policy. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Published in Mandarin in 2018.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Jensen, L. A. (in press). The Development of Moral Reasoning: From Common Beginnings to Diverse Life Course pathways. In Jensen, L. A. (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of moral development: An interdisciplinary perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jensen, L. A. (in press). Globalization, Culture, and Development. In Chiao, J., Li, S.-C., Turner, R., Lee, S.-Y., & Pringle, B. (Eds.), Oxford handbook of cultural neuroscience and global mental health. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jensen, L. A. (in press). Globalization. In S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), The encyclopedia of child and adolescent development. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Jensen, L. A. (in press). Moral development: The cultural-developmental approach. In D. T. Cook (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of children and childhood studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Jensen, L. A. (2018). The Cultural-Developmental Approach to Moral Psychology: Autonomy, Community, and Divinity Across Cultures and Ages. In Gelfand, M. J., Chiu, C.-Y., & Hong, Y.-Y. (Eds.), Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, Vol. 7 (pp.107-143). New York: Oxford University Press.

Jensen, L. A. (2017). Foreword. In Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Nelson, L. J. (Eds.), Flourishing in emerging adulthood: Positive development during the third decade of life. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jensen, L. A., & McKenzie, J. (2016). The moral reasoning of U.S. evangelical and mainline Protestant children, adolescents, and adults: A cultural-developmental study. Child Development, 87, 446-464.

Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Jensen, L. A. (2016). Validation of the long- and short-form of the Ethical Values Assessment (EVA): A questionnaire measuring the three ethics approach to moral psychology. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 40, 181-192.