Ann Masten

Ann S. Masten, Ph.D., LP, is a Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on understanding processes that promote competence and prevent problems in human development, with a focus on adaptive processes and resilience in the context of high cumulative risk, adversity, and trauma.

She directs the Project Competence research on risk and resilience, including studies with normative populations and high-risk children and youth exposed to homelessness, war, natural disasters, migration, and other adversities.

She is Past-President of the Society for Research in Child Development and currently serves on the Board of Children, Youth and Families for the U. S. National Academies, where she also co-chairs the international Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally.

In 2014, she received the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. 

Additional material on resilience

She teaches a free MOOC (massive open online course) on “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster, and War: Global Perspectives” periodically available on Coursera. There are 6 weeks of material on resilience in children (only some of which is focused on early childhood) with downloadable lectures, interviews etc. There are participants from around the world from many disciplines, around 160 countries so far, which makes for interesting forum discussions.

Article on resilience in the Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development: Free and downloadable

Her book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development, was published in 2014 by Guilford Press.


Resilience in Development: Early Childhood as a Window of Opportunity