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Stephen Sherblom

Stephen Sherblom

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Roemer Hall 001H
(636) 949-4759

Biographical Information

Dr. Sherblom grew up in a large family in a small working-class town in New England. The child of a social worker and a minister, he would later meld psycho-social development with moral consciousness in his scholarship. Dr. Sherblom sought a dual bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in philosophy and psychology (philosophical ethics and moral psychology) from the University of Massachusetts Boston on the belief that interdisciplinary work allows us to ask broader questions, not otherwise thinkable. His questions have to do with how it is that people develop morally (and some seem not to develop); what allows some people to be violent and exploitive and others not; and what, exactly, is it that develops that is so different between those who are and are not this kind of immoral? He completed his Masters in Education in personality and social psychology at Harvard University, working in the research group of psychologist Carol Gilligan [Ethic of Care]. He earned his Ed.D. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, exploring how children talk about the moral aspects of their friendships. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University of St. Louis in the psychology department. Besides Lindenwood, Dr. Sherblom has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Florida Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University.

Academic Interests

  • Mastery-learning
  • Critical thinking
  • Empirical research design
  • Constructing narratives to convey meaning
  • Implications of bias & ideology on perception
  • The challenges of personal ethical development
  • In-group / out-group moral relations
  • The embodiment of consciousness

Scholarship - Journal Editor

Scholarship - Book Chapters

  • Berkowitz, M.W., Sherblom, S.A., Bier, M.C. & Battistich, V. (2006). Educating for positive youth development. In M. Killian and J. Smetana (Eds.) The Handbook of Moral Development, pp. 683-701, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Berkowitz, M.W. & Sherblom, S.A. (2004). Fairness: Justice & care reasoning. In M. Seligman & C. Peterson (Eds.), Character Strengths and Virtues: a handbook and classification, pp. 391-412, Oxford University Press & American Psychological Association. 

Scholarship - Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, [1 Conference proceeding, 1 Invited Plenary]

  • DeWaal, F. & Sherblom, S.A. (2018). Bottom-Up Morality: The basis of human morality in primate nature. Journal of Moral Education, 2018.  DOI:10.1080/03057240.2018.1440701
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2018). Moral education and Life-long Learning: Wisdom as a developmental ideal. Educational Leadership in Action. Vol 5 (2).
  • Sherblom, S. A. (2017). Complexity-thinking and social science: Self-organization involving human consciousness. New Ideas in Psychology, 47, 10–15.
  • Bier, M.C., Sherblom, S.A., Berkowitz, M.W. & Coulter, B. (2016). The ways Character strengths support K-8 mathematics and the Common Core State Standards. Journal of Character Education. Vol 12, (1) 35-53.
  • Bier, M. C., Zwarun, L. and Sherblom, S. A. (2016). Evidence of the Value of the Smoking Media Literacy Framework for Middle School Students. J School Health, 86: 717–725. doi:10.1111/josh.12425
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2015). Self-deception enabling immoral behavior: Patterns of other denigrating bias. 2015 Association for Moral Education Conference Proceedings
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2015). A Moral Experience Feedback Loop: Modeling a system of moral self-cultivation in everyday life. Journal of Moral Education, DOI:10.1080/03057240.2015.1056728
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2013). Tapestries of character: Intellectual Virtues and the complex web of character and self. Invited Plenary, Intellectual Virtues and Education Conference, June, 2013 Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2012). What develops in moral development?: A model of moral sensibility. Journal of Moral Education 41:1, 117-142
  • Sherblom, S.A. (2008). The legacy of the ‘care challenge’: re-envisioning the outcome of the justice-care debate. Journal of Moral Education 37 (1) pp. 81-98.

Conference Presentations

  • Wisdom Lite - less fulfilling: The missing psycho-spiritual elements in academic models of wisdom. Paper presentation Association for Moral Education Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA, Nov 2019.
  • Predatory consciousness: A perversion of human nature. Paper presentation Association for Moral Education Conference, Barcelona, Spain Nov 2018.
  • Nested systems in the moral domain: Evolution to engagement. Animated presentation to Association for Moral Education Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA Nov 3, 2017.
  • Symposium on Visions of moral maturity: Alternate paths up the same mountain? (Organizer) Dec 8-11, 2016 Association for Moral Education Conference Cambridge, MA- organized symposium w/ Dr. Bill Puka (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) & Dr. Anne Colby (Stanford Graduate School of Education).
  • Self-deception Enabling Immoral Behavior: Patterns of other-denigrating bias. Nov 3-7, 2015 Association for Moral Education Conference Santos, Brazil.
  • Complexity Thinking and Moral Psychology: Problems and Promise.  Nov. 6-8, 2014 Association for Moral Education Conference Pasadena, CA, USA.
  • In-Groups, Out-Groups, Double Standards, and Radical Reciprocity. October 24-26, 2013 Association for Moral Education Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Symposium on Dynamic Systems and Complexity in Moral Psychology (organizer); Presenting Paper: Complexity and the social sciences: A path for moral psychology? Association for Moral Education Conference - San Antonio, Texas November 8-11, 2012.


  • Lindenwood University Scholar of the Year 2018-19
  • Stephens College Invited Talk – February 7, 2017 – The First-Year Program at Stephen’s College invited me to speak to the 200+ member fresh-woman class on my area of scholarship. My 60-minute talk was titled “Loving Connection, Psychological Impairment, and Wisdom.”
  • Top Ten Most Downloaded Article 2012, 2013, 2014 Journal of Moral Education - Sherblom, S.A. (2012). What develops in moral development?: A model of moral sensibility. 41:1, 117-142
  • Elected to the Board of the Harvard Educational Review, Harvard Graduate School of Education 1995-1997
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts, June 1987
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Univ. of Massachusetts Philosophy Dept. 1987

Publication Impact Facts (from Mendelay) [Aug 2019]

  • 71 citations to my publications:
    • 22 for Bier, M., Sherblom, S.A., Gallo, M.A. (1996). Ethical issues in a study of Internet use.
    • 13 for Sherblom, S.A., Shipps, T. & Sherblom, J.C. (1993). Justice, Care, & Integrated concerns.
    • 12 for Bier, M., Gallo, M., Nucklos, E., Sherblom, S. A., Pennick, M. (1997). Personal empowerment in the study of home internet
    • 11 for Sherblom, S.A. (2008). The legacy of the ‘care challenge’
    • 9 for Sherblom, S.A. (2012). What develops in moral development?
    • 2 for Sherblom, S. A. (2017). Complexity-thinking and social science
    • 1 for Sherblom, S.A. (2015). A Moral Experience Feedback Loop
    • 1 for Sherblom, S.A., Bahr, M.W. (2008). Homosexuality and normality
  • 1662 views of my publications through Mendeley / Elsevier
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