Malin, Heather


Director of Research, Stanford Center on Adolescence

Heather Malin (, PhD, is research project manager for the Character Development in Adolescence project. Previously, she managed the Civic Purpose, Young Entrepreneurs, American Virtues, and Civic Engagement projects, and worked on the Youth Purpose study and Thriving Indicators project. Her research primarily focuses on how young people develop purpose in different domains, and the capacity for meaningful participation in and contribution to their communities and society. She is interested in the application of this research to education practice, and her work explores