Anthony Burrow


Anthony Burrow

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


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

I am also a co-director of PRYDE (the 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.

My program of research can be viewed as following two paths. The first path involves delineating whether a sense of self-direction – or purpose in life – serves as a psychological resource for those who cultivate it. Specifically, I have conducted a series of studies designed to test the utility of purpose as (a) an asset for positive youth development and (b) a source of protection in the face of stress and challenge. A second path examines how notions of race are incorporated into one’s sense of self (i.e., racial identification) and potentially shape perceptions of everyday encounters. Studies I have conducted in this area have primarily focused on the psychological adjustment of ethnic minorities and examine (a) how race-related experiences are related to adjustment and (b) whether racial identity can contour the impact of these experiences. I believe the importance of this work lies in the potential to identify sources of resilience capable of improving the well-being of vulnerable and often underexamined populations.

  • 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:


Purpose in Life

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.

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 link 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. 


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., & 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.


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


Race-related Experience and Identity

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

Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., & Cerrada, C. (in press). Seeing the other in the self: The impact of Barack Obama and cultural socialization on perceptions of self-other overlap among African Americans. Social Cognition.

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.

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.


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.


Burrow, A. L., & Ong, A. D. (2010). The moderating role of racial identity in exposure and

reactivity to daily racial microaggressions. Self and Identity, 9, 383-402.

Torres, L., Driscoll, M. W. & Burrow A. L. (2010) Racial microaggressions and psychological

functioning among highly achieving African-Americans: A mixed-methods approach. Journal

of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 1074-1099.

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T., Burrow, A. L. (2009). Racial discrimination, racial

microaggressions, and the stress process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,

96, 1259-1271.

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.