Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano

Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano USF Sarasota-Manatee USFSM

Title: Associate Professor

Area of Interest: Literacies Education

Phone: 941-359-4731

Email: jmmariano@sar.usf.edu

Office: B309

Chair, Secondary Education & Literacies Curriculum

Jenni Menon Mariano is an Associate Professor in the College of Education, where she studies how people around the world develop positive life purposes, and teaches courses in the psychology of purpose and well-being, human development, and classroom assessment. Jenni is an international speaker and researcher with over 15 years of experience in community development and education. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Applied Developmental Science, and is a frequent reviewer for leading research journals such as Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Youth Development, the Journal of Moral Education, the Journal of Adolescent Research, Child Development Perspectives, the American Educational Research Journal, Asia Pacific Education Review, and the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. Jenni earned her PhD from Stanford University.


Rushton, S., Mariano, J. M., & Wallace, T. L. (2012). Program selection among pre-service teachers: Influences of personality strengths and learning style. Creative Education, 3(1), 16-23.

Mariano, J. M., & Vaillant, G. V. (2012). Youth purpose among the “Greatest Generation”. Journal of Positive Psychology, 7(4) 81-93.

Mariano, J. M. (Ed.) (2011). Support and instruction for youth purpose. New Directions for Youth Development, 132

Koshy, S. I., & Mariano, J. M. (2011). Promoting youth purpose: A review of the literature. New Directions for Youth Development, 132, 13-30.

Mariano, J. M., Roeser, R., Greathouse, P. T., & Koshy, S. I. (2010). Religious adolescents’ views of success and spirituality. In R. M. Lerner & A.E.A. Warren (Eds.). Positive youth development and spirituality: Research perspectives and future possibilities. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Mariano, J. M. (2010). The psychological requirements of inclusion: A positive youth development view. In P. Jones, J. Carr, and J. Fauske (Eds.). Leading for inclusion. New York, NY: Teacher’s College Press.

Mariano, J. M., and Savage, J. (2009). Exploring the language of youth purpose: References to positive states and coping styles by adolescents with different kinds of purpose. Journal of Research in Character Education, 7(1), 1-24.

Mariano, J. M. & Damon, W. (2008). The role of religious faith and spirituality in the development of purpose in adolescence. In R. M. Lerner, R. W. Roeser, and E. Phelps (Eds.). Positive youth development and spirituality: From theory to research. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press. pp. 210-230.

Lies, J., Bronk, K. C., & Mariano, J. M. (2008). The community contribution to moral and character education. In D. Narvaez & L. Nucci (Eds.). Handbook of Moral Development. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. pp. 520-536.

Mariano, J. M., & Verducci, S. Ethical standards in philanthropy. (2006). In W. Damon & S. Verducci (Eds.). Taking philanthropy seriously: Beyond noble intentions to responsible giving. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. 222-240.

Damon, W., Menon, J. & Bronk, K. C. (2003). The development of purpose during adolescence. Applied Developmental Science, 7(3), 119-128.