DeSilva Mousseau


Associate Professor of Practice
Research Interests
  • Development of a Sense or Purpose in Adolescents and Young Adults
  • The Role of Mentors in Adolescent Development
  • Stress and Family Relationships in Adolescents
  • Positive Mind-Body Health in Adolescents
Research Summary

Dr. Mousseau’s research is broadly grounded in the field of positive youth development and specifically focuses on factors that facilitate the development of a sense of purpose in adolescents and young adults. She has a history of conducting research in diverse communities focused on the roles of various social supports on mental health and well-being.

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston College
  • M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Boston College
  • B.S., Psychology and Sociology, Union College
Areas of Expertise
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Positive Psychology
  • Culturally Competent Practice and Leadership
  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Special Education Consultation in Schools
Recent Publications

Sepulveda, J., Zhou, M., Amorosi, A., Rauen, J., Boyer, M., Liang, B., Lund, T., & Mousseau, A.
D. (2022). The R and R of Purpose in College Students: Refining and Redefining Purpose Over Time. Journal of Adolescent Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584221093724

Lund, T. J., Liang, B., Sepulveda, J., White, A. E., Patel, K., Mousseau, A. M. D., & Spencer, R. (2021). Parenting and Youth Purpose: Fostering Other-Oriented Aims. Youth, 1(1), 2–13. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/youth1010002.

Lund, T. J., Liang, B., Konowitz, L., & DeSilva Mousseau, A. M. (2019). Quality over quantity: Mentoring relationships and purpose development among college students. Psychology in the Schools, 56(9), 1472-1481.

Lund, T.J., Liang, B., Mousseau, A.D., Matyjaszczyk, V., & Fleurizard, T. (2019). The Will and the Way? Associations Between Purpose and Grit Among Students in Three US Universities. Journal of College Student Development 60(3), 361-365. doi:10.1353/csd.2019.0031.

Liang, B., Lund, T., Mousseau, A., White, A. E., Spencer, R., & Walsh, J. (2018). Adolescent Girls Finding Purpose: The Role of Parents and Prosociality. Youth & Society, 50(6), 801–817. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X17697850

Spencer, R., Walsh, J., Liang, B., Mousseau, A. M. D., & Lund, T. J. (2018). Having It All? A
Qualitative Examination of Affluent Adolescent Girls’ Perceptions of Stress and Their Quests for Success. Journal of Adolescent Research, 33(1), 3–33. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558416670990

Williams, K., Lund, T.J., Liang, B., DeSilva Mousseau, A., & Liang, B. (2018). Associations between Stress, Psychosomatic Complaints, and Parental Criticism among Affluent Adolescent Girls. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1384–1393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0991-2

Liang, B., White, A., DeSilva Mousseau, A. M., Hasse, A., Knight, L., Berado, D., & Lund, Terese Jean (2017). The four P’s of purpose among College Bound students: People, propensity, passion, prosocial benefits, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12:3, 281-294, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2016.1225118.

Liang, B., White, A.E., Rhodes, H., Mousseau, A.M.D., Gutowski, E., Strodel, R., & Lund, T.J. (2017). Pathways to purpose among impoverished youth from the Guatemala City Dump Community. Community Psychology in Global Perspectives, 3(2), 1-21.

Liang, B., Lund, T., Mousseau, A.M. D., & Spencer, R. (2016). Mentoring relationships and the promotion of purpose among adolescent girls. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 848-860.

DeSilva-Mousseau, A. M., Lund, T., Liang, B., Spencer, R., & Walsh, J. (2016). Stressed and losing sleep: Sleep duration and stress among affluent adolescent females. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(5), 628-644.

Liang, B., Lund, T., Mousseau, A., & Spencer, R. (2016). The mediating role of engagement in mentoringrelationships and self-esteem among affluent adolescent girls. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 848-860.

Spencer, R., Walsh, J, Liang, B., Mousseau, A., & Lund, T. (2016). Having it all?: A qualitative examination of affluent adolescent girls perceptions of stress and their quests for success. Journal of Adolescent Research, (doi:10.1177/0743558416670990).

Honors and Awards
  • National Institute of Health, Loan Repayment Award, July 2011
  • NIH, Division of Pediatric Research