Anthony Burrow


Anthony Burrow

Assistant Professor
G60D Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607)-254-1247
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:


Anthony Burrow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development, and the director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory. Anthony received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at Florida International University, and completed his postdoctoral studies at the Multicultural Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Anthony is also the director of PRYDE (Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement). The aim of PRYDE is to link science and service in innovative ways by involving 4-H communities in basic and applied research to understand and improve youth experiences.

Anthony's research focuses on topics related to youth purpose, identity processes, and race-related experiences encountered by ethnic minority adolescents and young adults.

  • B.A., psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D., developmental psychology, Florida International University.

Courses Taught:
  • HD 6530 - Transitions to Adulthood
  • HD 1170 - Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • HD 3510 - Racial and Ethnic Identity Development
  • HD 4510 - Seminar on Emerging Adulthood

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Selected Publications:

Burrow, A. L., & Rainone, N. (in press). How many likes did I get?: Purpose moderates links between positive social media feedback and self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Hill, P. L., Turiano, N., Mroczek, D., & Burrow, A. L., (in press). The value of a purposeful life: Sense of purpose predicts greater income and net worth. Journal of Research in Personality.


Ong, A. D., & Burrow, A. L. (in press). Microaggressions and daily experience: Depicting life as it is lived. Perspectives on Psychological Science.


Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., & Sumner, R. (in press). Purpose in life and parent-child attachment in emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood.


Burrow, A. L., & Spreng, R. N. (2016). Waiting with purpose: A reliable but small association between purpose in life and impulsivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 187-189.


Burrow, A. L., Hill, P. L., & Sumner, R. (2016). Leveling mountains: Purpose attenuates links between perceptions of effort and steepness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 94-103.


Burrow, A. L. (2015). Illuminating the pathways to civic purpose. Human Development, 58, 131-136. 


Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., Sumner, R., & Young, R. (2015). Life is pretty meaningful and/or purposeful? On conflations, contexts, and consequences. American Psychologist, 70, 574-575.


Sumner, R., Stanley, M., & Burrow, A. L. (in press). Room for Debate (and Derogation): Negativity of Readers’ Comments on Black Authors’ Online Content. Psychology of Poular Media Culture.


Sumner, R., Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (in press). Identity and purpose as predictors of subjective well-being in emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood.


Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., & Bronk, K. C. (in press). Perservering with positivity and purpose: An examination of purpose committment and positive affect as predictors of grit. Journal of Happiness Studies.


Stanley, M. L. & Burrow. A. L. (2015). The distance between selves: The influence of self-discrepancy on purpose in life. Self and Identity, 14, 441-452.


Burrow, A. L., Stanley, M., Sumner, R., & Hill, P. L. (2014). Purpose in life as a resource for increasing comfort with ethnic diversity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1507-1516.


Hill, P. A., Sumner, R. A., Burrow, A. L. (2014). Understanding the pathways to purpose: Examining personality and well-being correlates across adulthood. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 227-234.


Burrow, A. L., Sumner, R., & Ong, A. D. (2014). Perceived change in life satisfaction and daily negative affect: The moderating role of purpose in life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15, 579-592.


Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2013). Derailed by diversity?: Purpose buffers the relationship between ethnic composition on trains and passenger negative mood. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1610-1619.


Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., & Sumner, R. (2013). Addressing important questions in the field of adolescent purpose. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 232-236.


Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Ja. N., & Sue D. W. (2013). Racial microaggressions and daily well-being among Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 188-199.


Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2012). Flying the unfriendly skies?: The role of forgiveness and race in the experience of racial microaggressions. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 639-653.


 Gaylord-Harden, N., Burrow, A. L., & Cunningham, J. A. (2012). A cultural-asset framework for investigating successful adaptation to stress in African American youth. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 264-271.


Hill, P. L., & Burrow, A. L. Viewing purpose through an Eriksonian lens. (2012). Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 12, 74-91.


Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2011). Purpose as a form of identity capital for positive youth adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1196-1206.


Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2011). Purpose. In R. J. Levesque (Ed). Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 2261-2266). New York, New York, Springer.


Fuller-Rowell, T., Burrow, A. L., & Ong, A. D. (2011). Changes in racial identity among African American college students following the election of Barack Obama. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1608-1618.


Selected Keywords:
purpose in life, racial / ethnic identity, ethnic minority experiences, youth adjustment

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.