Nancy Galambos, Ph.D.

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
P-311 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
T6G 2E9


Area of Study / Keywords

Developmental Science



Ph.D., 1985, Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies

M.A., 1982, Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies

B.A., 1980, SUNY at Cortland, Psychology


Developmental Science


Fellow, International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (2016)

   For outstanding contributions to the field of lifespan human development

Faculty of Arts Research Award, University of Alberta (2009/10)

   For extraordinary contributions to research at rank of Full Professor


Treasurer (2014-2020)

   International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)

Member, Scientific Advisory Council (2009-2019)

   Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (PAIRFAM), Germany

Chair, Local Organizing Committee, ISSBD 2012 Biennial Meeting

   ISSBD 2012, Edmonton, July 8 - 12, 2012


My research in the broad area of developmental science examines trajectories and predictors of change in psychosocial development across adolescence, the transition to adulthood, and into midlife. I specialize in understanding the development of psychological well-being, mental health, and personal competencies; the family as a context for adolescent and young adult development; the impact of gender on psychosocial development; and pathways of mental health through the transition to adulthood and their impact on later functioning. Representative questions from my laboratory have asked:

•How do indicators of psychological well-being (e.g., depressive symptoms, self-esteem, sense of control) change from adolescence into midlife?

•How are the social and academic aspects of life for university students associated with their sleep behaviours and academic performance?

•Do mental health trajectories in the transition to adulthood (the early 20s) predict life and career satisfaction in middle age (the early 40s)?

•How do individuals with developmental motor disabilities experience the transition to adulthood?

•What are the psychological, behavioral, and subjective hallmarks of maturity in adolescence?

•How do parenting behaviours affect the long-term development of psychological well- being and problem behaviours?

Scholarly Activities

Research - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant

2014 to 2020

This is 43: Longitudinal determinants of work, family, and personal well-being in midlife

Principal Investigator: H. Krahn; Co-Investigators: N. Galambos, M. Johnson;

Collaborator: M. Lachman

Edmonton Transitions Study Website


The U shape of happiness across the life course: Expanding the discussion

Author(s): N. L. Galambos, H. J. Krahn, M. D. Johnson, & M. E. Lachman
Publication Date: 5/6/2020
Publication: Perspectives on Psychological Science
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Skip the dishes? Not so fast! Sex and housework revisited.

Author(s): M. D. Johnson, N. L. Galambos, & J. R. Anderson
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Journal of Family Psychology
Volume: 30
Page Numbers: 203-213
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Up, not down: The age curve in happiness from early adulthood to midlife in two longitudinal studies

Author(s): N. L. Galambos, S. Fang, H. J. Krahn, M. D. Johnson, & M. E. Lachman
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Developmental Psychology
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 1664-1671
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Who sleeps best? Longitudinal patterns and covariates of change in sleep quantity, quality, and timing across four university years

Author(s): N. L. Galambos, D. I. Vargas Lascano, A. L. Howard, & J. L. Maggs
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 8-22
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Depression, self-esteem, and anger in emerging adulthood: Seven-year trajectories

Author(s): N. L. Galambos, E. T. Barker, & H. J. Krahn
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Developmental Psychology
Volume: 42
Page Numbers: 350-365
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Parents do matter: Trajectories of change in externalizing and internalizing problems in early adolescence.

Author(s): N. L. Galambos, E. T. Barker, & D. M. Almeida
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: Child Development
Volume: 74
Page Numbers: 578-594
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