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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.


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  • English


  • Director, PhD in Prevention Science & Community Health Program
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science & Community Health


Research Interests

• Identity (broadly defined)
• Immigration, Acculturation, and Cultural Identity
• Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
• Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse
• Delinquent Behavior
• Family Functioning/Parenting
• Well-being/Thriving/Positive Development


2000 Ph.D.
Florida International University
1996 M.S.
Florida State University
1993 B.S.
Florida State University



Seth J. Schwartz is Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami. He has a master’s degree in family and child sciences from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Florida International University. Dr. Schwartz’s research program focuses on the interface among identity processes (including personal goals and values, acculturation, sexual identity, et cetera), family relationships, health risk outcomes, and well-being. His research focuses on adolescents and emerging adults, particularly those from immigrant or minority backgrounds and those from cultural contexts characterized by rapid social change. He has 225 peer reviewed publications and is the senior editor of the Handbook of Identity Theory and Research and of the forthcoming Handbook of Acculturation and Health. He has also been principal investigator of three NIH-funded projects

Dr. Schwartz is President of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Director of the PhD program in prevention science and community health, and a member of the NIH Social Psychology, Personality, and Intergroup Process review panel. He was the Distinguished Alumnus and Tyner Eminent Lecturer at the Florida State University College of Human Sciences. He also maintains several international collaborations in the areas of personal and cultural identity, health risk behavior, and well-being.