Milene Z. Morfei

Professor of Psychology

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Milene Z. Morfei

"I thoroughly enjoy sharing the subject matter that I love with engaged students. The seminar format of our upper-level classes often promotes the kinds of intellectual discussions found in graduate school settings. It's an excellent venue for encouraging students to think critically about the ways in which psychological research and theory can be applied to real-world problems."

Professor Morfei's research interests have previously focused on adult self-development, with a particular emphasis on midlife adults and their concern for the next generation. Her most recent work reflects her own generative concern for her students and for the planet that they will inherit. Her current scholarship and teaching are focused on applying psychological concepts to change environmentally destructive behavior and to promote sustainability at Wells College.


1989 B.A. Wells College
1994 M.S. Syracuse University
1997 Ph.D. Syracuse University

Select Publications

Morfei, M.Z. "Applied Psychology: Service Learning to Address Campus Sustainability." Paper presented at the second biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, November, 2008.

Morfei, M.Z. "The Greening of Wells." The Express, XXIV.2 (2008). 31.

Morfei, M.Z., Hooker, K., Carpenter, J., Mix, C., & Blakely, E. (2004). "Agentic and communal generative behavior in four areas of adult life: Implications for psychological well being." Journal of Adult Development 11:1, 55-58.

Morfei, M.Z., Hooker, K., Fiese, B.H., & Cordeiro, A. (2001) . "Continuity and change in parenting possible selves: A longitudinal follow-up." Basic and Applied Social Psychology 23, 217-23.

Courses Taught

  • General Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology