People » Steven L. Berman

  • Faculty Advisor, UCF Daytona Psi Chi, 2002-present
  • Daytona Campus Rep., Honor’s College, 2001-present
  • President-Elect, Society for Research on Identity Formation
  • Member, Society for Research in Child Development
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, APA Division 7: Developmental Psychology
  • Member, APA Division 53: Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Member, Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Editorial Board Member:
    • Child and Youth Care Forum
    • Identity: An International Journal of Theory & Research
    • Suma Psicologica

For Students

Students may work in my lab for independent research credit or as volunteers, helping out in data collection and data entry. Students will be trained to conduct interviews and may serve as co-facilitators of identity development workshops. Students are encouraged and mentored in developing their own research project for an undergraduate Honor’s thesis or Clinical Master’s thesis. Graduate students are trained and supervised in running intervention groups.


  • Berman, S. L., & Montgomery, M. J. (2014). Problematic identity processes: The role of identity distress. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 241–245.
  • Berman, S. L., Ratner, K. A., Cheng, M., Li, S., Jhingon, G., & Sukumaran, N. (2014). Identity distress during the era of globalization: A cross-national comparative study of India, China, and the United States of America. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 286–296.
  • Berman, S. L. & Weems, C. F. (2012). Identity distress in adolescence. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Part 9 (pp. 1357-1361). New York: Springer.
  • Berman, S. L. (2011). International perspectives on identity development. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40, 1-5.
  • Berman, S. L., You, Y., Schwartz, S. Teo, G., & Mochizuki, K. (2011). Identity exploration, commitment, and distress: A cross national investigation in China, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40, 65-75.
  • Berman, S. L., Weems, C. F., & Petkus, V. (2009). The prevalence and incremental validity of identity problem symptoms in a high school sample. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40, 183-195.
  • Berman, S. L., Kennerley, R. J., & Kennerley, M. A. (2008). Promoting positive adult identity development: A feasibility study of a university-based identity intervention program. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 8, 139-150.

My major area of research is Identity Formation, including the development of career goals, sense of self (ethnic identity, gender roles, sexual orientation), changing attachment patterns (family, friendships, romance), and values acquisition (morality, politics, religion). I am particularly interested in the anxiety and distress often associated with this developmental task. I have been developing intervention programs to help young people struggling with identity dilemmas and related symptoms of anxiety and distress.

I have published a measure of Identity Distress and been involved in the development and publication of a measure of Existential Anxiety. I have also been working on an intervention program aimed at facilitating identity development and reducing identity distress which has been piloted on university students, inner-city high risk high school students, and teenage children of migrant farm-workers. In addition I have been collecting cross-national comparative identity development data in Colombia, Japan, Taiwan and China.


April 2013-May 2015: President, Society for Research in Identity Formation

August 2012-Present: Steering Committee Member, Southeastern US Region of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

August 2002-Present: Faculty Advisor, Daytona UCF chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

August 2001-Present: Daytona Campus Representative to the Honor’s College


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