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School of Education & Social Policy

Deborah Margolis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Education and Community Studies; Director, Human Development Program


  • Ph.D., Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College
  • M.Ed., Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard University
  • B.A., Psychology, Barnard College/Columbia University


As a developmental and educational psychologist teaching in a school of education, Deborah Margolis is passionate about her work and feels fortunate that she has the opportunity to interact with future teachers and community workers. She loves to teach and enjoys introducing students to theories of development, as she believes that the more they understand about children, the better they will perform in their interactions with children.

Margolis’ research involves looking at issues of social emotional development within applied contexts. Learning and development are clearly very much impacted by social emotional factors, and she believes that it is crucial to increase understanding of such factors to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes of our nation’s children.  

Margolis continues her consulting psychology work with school-age children and believes that this work enhances her teaching, as she can share “real” stories with her students. She has co-authored two editions of a textbook on adolescent development as well as two chapters, one on adolescent development and one on gender development, in a human development text prepared for healthcare providers. 

Margolis also presents workshops for teachers. Her most recent presentation was “Reporting on Children’s Progress: A Path to Productive Conferencing.”


Austin 226A


  • (EDU 2210) Child and Adolescent Development
  • (EDU 2230) Adolescent Psychology
  • (EDU 3210) Psychology of Learning and Assessment
  • (EDU 3620) Cultural Diversity in the Schools