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Chandler, Michael J.

Core Area(s): Developmental

Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
Dr. Chandler’s ongoing program of research involves an exploration of the role culture plays in constructing the course of identity development, shaping young people's emerging sense of ownership of their personal and cultural past, and their commitment to their own and their community's future well being. These efforts have earned Dr. Chandler the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Senior Research Prize, led to his being awarded the Killam Teaching Prize, and resulted in his being named a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar in Residence. His research and scholarly efforts have also resulted in his being appointed as Canada's only Distinguished Investigator of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). Recently, Professor Chandler's program of research dealing with identity development and suicide in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth was singled out for publication as an invited Monograph of the Society for Research in Child Development. His research is funded by CIHR, MSFHR, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and by British Columbia’s Human Early Learning Partnership.

Courses Taught
PSYC 312 History of Psychology, PSYC 315 Child and Adolescent Development, PSYC 412 Cognitive Development, PSYC 414 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology, PSYC 513 Special Issues in Developmental Psychology, PSYC 546 Seminar in Psychological Problems, PSYC 586 Seminar in Developmental Psychology I, PSYC 587 Seminar in Developmental Psychology II

Representative Publications
Note, selected publications are available as PDF documents at


Chandler, M. J. & Lalonde, C. E. (2008). Cultural Continuity as a Protective Factor against Suicide in First Nations Youth. Horizons --A Special Issue on Aboriginal Youth, Hope or Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future. 10 (1), 68-72.

Chandler, M. J., & Proulx, T. (2007). Identity in a Narrative Mode. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 28, (pp. 277-282). Elsevier.

Hallett, D., Chandler, M. J., & Lalonde, C. (2007). Aboriginal language knowledge and youth suicide. Cognitive Development, 22 (3) (pp. 392–399).

Chandler, M. J. (2000). Surviving time: The persistence of identity in this culture and that. Culture and Psychology, 6 (2), 209-231.

Chandler, M. J., & Lalonde, C. (2000). Cultural continuity as a protective factor against suicide in First Nations youth. Lifenotes: A Suicide Prevention and Community Health Newsletter, 5 (1), 10-11.

Chandler, M. J., Sokol, B. W., & Wainryb, C. (2000). Beliefs about truth and beliefs about rightness. Child Development, 71 (1), 91-97.


Chandler, M. J., Lalonde, C., Sokol, B., & Hallett, D. (2003). Personal persistence, identity development, and suicide: A study of native and non-native North American adolescents. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Serial no. 273, 68 (2).


Chandler, M. J. & Lalonde, C. (in press). Cultural continuity as a moderator of suicide risk among Canada’s First Nations. In L. Kirmayer & G. Valaskakis (Eds.), The Mental Health of Canadian Aboriginal Peoples: Transformations, Identity, and Community. University of British Columbia Press.

Chandler, M. J., & Proulx, T. (2008). Personal Persistence and Persistent Peoples: Continuities in the lives of individual and whole cultural communities. In Sani, F. (Ed.), Self-continuity: Individual and collective perspectives. New York: Psychology Press.

Chandler, M. J. & Proulx, T. (2006). Changing selves in changing worlds: Youth suicide on the fault-lines of colliding cultures, In Suicide among Indigenous Peoples: The Research. Antoon Leenaars, Marlene EchoHawk, David Lester, Lindsey Leenaars, & Elisabeth Haramic, (Eds.) Archives of Suicide Research.

Chandler, M. J. & Proulx, T. (2006). On Committing the Psychologist’s Fallacy and Getting Away With It: Bridging Personal and Cultural Identities. In P.K. Oles & H.J.M. Hermans (Eds.), The Dialogical Self: Theory and Research. Wydawnictwo KUL.

Chandler, M. J., & Lalonde, C. (2004). Transferring whose knowledge? Exchanging whose best practices?: On knowing about indigenous knowledge and aboriginal suicide. In J. White, P. Maxim, & D. Beavon (Eds.), Aboriginal Policy Research: Setting the Agenda for Change, Vol.II. (pp.111-123) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

Chandler, M., Lalonde, C., & Teucher, U. (2004). Culture, continuity, and the limits of narrativity: A comparison of the self-narratives of Native and Non-Native youth. In C. Daiute & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society (pp. 245-265). New York: Sage Publications.

Lalonde, C., & Chandler, M. J., (2004). Culture, selves, and time: Theories of personal persistence in Native and non-Native youth. In C. Lightfoot, C. Lalonde, & M. Chandler (Eds.), Changing Conceptions of Psychological Life: Vol. 30. Jean Piaget Symposium Series. (pp.207-229). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Sokol, B. & Chandler, M. (2004). A bridge too far: On the relations between moral and secular reasoning. In J. I. M. Carpendale & U. Müller (Eds.), Social interaction and the development of knowledge (pp. 154-174). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Sokol, B. W., Chandler, M. J., & Jones, C. (2004). From mechanical to autonomous agency: The Relationship Between Children's Moral Judgments and Their Developing Theories of Mind. In J. A. Baird & B. W. Sokol (Eds.), New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: Connections between theories of mind and socio-moral development, 103, (pp.19-36). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Chandler, M. J., & Sokol, B. W. (2003). Level this, level that: The place of culture in the construction of the self. In C. Raeff & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Social and cognitive development in the context of individual, social, and cultural processes (pp. 191-216). New York: Taylor & Francis.

Sameroff, A. J., & Chandler, M. J. (2003). Reproductive risk and the continuum of caretaking causality. Reprinted In W. E. Dixon, Twenty studies that revolutionized child psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Chandler, M. J. (2001). Perspective taking in the aftermath of theory-theory and the collapse of the social role-taking enterprise. In A. Tryphon & J. Voneche (Eds.), Working with Piaget: Essays in honour of Barbel Inhelder (pp. 39-63). London, UK: Psychology Press.

Chandler, M. J. (2001). The study of children’s theories of mind: Rehabilitating a Piagetian account of developmental changes in the understanding of mental life. In S. L. Fernande & J. A. Castorinia (Eds.), Jean Piaget: Homenaje Latino Americano. Buenos Aires, Argentina: University of Buenos Aires Press.

Chandler, M. J. (2001). The time of our lives: Self-continuity in Native and Non-Native youth. In H. W. Reese (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior (28, pp.175-221). New York: Academic Press.

Chandler, M. J., Sokol, B. W., & Hallett, D. (2001). Agency, responsibility and intentional action: The role of intentions in the casting of blame. In L. Moses, D. Baldwin, & A. Malle (Eds.), Intentions and intentionality: Foundations of social cognition (pp. 345-366). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chandler, M. J., Lalonde, C. E., & Sokol, B. W. (2000). Continuities of selfhood in the face of radical developmental and cultural change. In L. Nucci, G. Saxe, & E. Turiel (Eds.), Culture, thought, and development (pp. 65-84). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Chandler, M. J. (1999). Foreword. In E. K. Scholnick, K. Nelson, S. A. Gelman, & P. H. Miller (Eds.), Conceptual development: Piaget’s legacy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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