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Professor of Moral Psychology & Psychometrics: Steve Thoma

Steve Thoma is Professor of Moral Psychology & Psychometrics in the Jubilee Centre. His research interests include personality and social development in late adolescence and youth and moral judgement development. Steve holds the Chair in Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Alabama.

Steve obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota (1986) on personality and social development/measurement and statistics.


Contact details


Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

12th floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Qualifications and Position
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1986, Personality and Social development/Measurement and Statistics—Educational Psychology program
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1977, Psychology



Walker, D.I., Thoma, S., Jones, C. and Kristjánsson, K. (2017) ‘Adolescent Moral Judgement: A Study of United Kingdom Secondary School Pupils’, British Educational Research Journal, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 588-607.

Arthur, J., Kristjánsson, K & Thoma, S. (2016) Is Grit the Magic Elixir of Good Character?, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues.

Arthur, J., Kristjánsson, K., Walker, D., Sanderse, W., Jones, C., Thoma, S., Curren, R., Roberts, M. & Lickona, T. (2015) Character Education in UK Schools, University of Birmingham: Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.

Thoma, S. & Dong, Y. (2014). The Defining Issues Test of Moral Judgment Development. Behavioral Development Bulletin.19, 55-61.

Thoma, S.J. (2014). Measuring moral thinking form a neo-Kohlbergian perspective.
Theory and Research in Teaching. 7, 1-19.

Roche, C., Thoma, S.J., Wingfield, J. (2014). From Workshop to E-Learning: Using Technology-Enhanced “Intermediate Concept Measures “ As a framework for Pharmacy Ethics Education and Assessment. Pharmacy, 2, 137-160.

Thoma, S.J., Derryberry, P., & Crowson, H. M. (2013). Describing and testing an intermediate concept measure of adolescent moral thinking. European Journal of Developmental Psychology (special issue). 10, 239-252.

Thoma, S. J. & Bebeau, M. J. (2013). Moral Motivation and the Four Component Model.
In Heinricks and Oser (Eds.) The Handbook on Moral Motivation. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Bebeau, M. J. & Thoma, S.J. (2013). Moral Motivation in Different Professions. In Heinricks and Oser (Eds.) The Handbook on Moral Motivation. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Houser, R. & Thoma, S. (2013). Ethics in Counseling and Therapy. Sage Publishers, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Burns-Nader, S., Hernandez-Reif, M., & Thoma, S.J. (2013). Play and video effects on mood and procedure behaviors in school-aged children visiting the pediatrician. Clinical Pediatrics. 52, 929-935.

Thoma, S.J. & Dong, Y. (2013). Morality Research from a Neo-Kohlbergian Perspective. Chung Cheng Educational Studies. 12, 4-27.