Moral and Ethical Development (MED) Lab
The title lab is coordinated by a group of Psychology and Counseling faculty working on ethical issues in applied areas such as moral development, professional ethics, and service-learning. Drs. Ana Ruiz, Di You and Judith Warchal have developed research agendas that interconnect through ethical issues.
- Syllabi Project
- Teaching Ethics Activity Guide
- Social Justice
- Alumni Survey
- Ethical Sensitivity
- Moral Reasoning
- Moral Identity
The research is supported by grants from:
- Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science by the Association for Psychological Science
- Instructional Resource Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA division 2)
- Alvernia University Faculty Excellence grants
The projects have been presented at national and international conferences, and published in books (Service-learning in higher education: Connecting the global to the local, International service learning: Conceptual models and research) and journals (Ethics & Behavior; Journal of College and Character; Psychology Research, Psychology Journal, Observer).
Be sure to check other research being conducted in the department by visiting the Faculty pages.
Students are welcome to join selected research projects in a variety of roles.
Faculty are willing to sponsor students interested in applying for ethics awards:
- APPE - Special Paper Competition - Undergraduate Formal Paper Competition. Undergraduate students submit papers on any topic in practical and professional ethics. Submissions for 2014 not yet available.
- Jo Campling Memorial Prizes for the best student essays on a theme relevant to ‘ethics and social welfare’ – deadline for entries September 30, 2013.
- The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest for registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States. Submissions Fall 2013.
- Student Peace Prize for a student or group of students worldwide doing important work to promote peace, human rights and democracy.