Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar


Gene sees himself as a bridge-builder: bridging research and practice; bridging differences across race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sectors in communities. He collaborates with leaders within and beyond Search Institute to interpret and communicate research findings, develop practitioner-oriented tools, cultivate partnerships, and lead major initiatives. Particular areas of interest within Search Institute’s work on developmental relationships, Developmental Assets, and thriving include family strengths, relationships, and engagement; religious and spiritual development; service learning; and international youth development. During his 30+ years with Search Institute, he has published extensively on Search Institute’s frameworks and research for leaders, researchers, parents, and practitioners, including more than 200 publications, from blogs to books, and journal articles to videos. Gene has held leadership roles in research, communication, fund development, the executive team, and publishing. Prior to joining Search Institute, he worked in book and magazine publishing. Gene earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration on youth, families, and communities. Gene’s 30+ years at Search Institute have provided him the opportunity to support the important roles that many different people and institutions play in helping young people thrive.

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