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Regina Lopata Logan

Regina Lopata Logan

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction Emeritus

Research Interests

Stability and change over time in adulthood, especially during midlfe and beyond: wisdom, regret and life themes; gender differences in these areas.


Regina Logan is a professor emerita and was a research assistant professor at the School of Education and Social Policy. Logan received a PhD and master’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an AB from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Mundelein College (now Loyola University) in Chicago where she also served as director of career development. She was director of faculty development and assistant dean for educational services at Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies. Logan’s research and interest areas include gender and generativity, spirituality and wisdom in adulthood, and career development. Logan is the director of the Foley Longitudinal Study of Adulthood. In addition, she has extensive experience in teaching and learning in adulthood.


  • PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1993
  • MA, Teaching & Learning Processes, Northwestern University, 1984
  • MA, French Language and Literature, University of Wisconsin, 1971
  • AB, French Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1970

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 – Associated Student Government Honor Roll
  • 2009 – SESP Outstanding Professor Award
  • 2008 – Associated Student Government Honor Roll

Selected Publications

McAdams, D. P., Albaugh, M., Farber, E., Daniels, J., Logan, R. L., & Olson, B. (April, 2008). Family Metaphors and Moral Intuitions: How Conservatives and Liberals Narrate Their Lives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: 978-990.

Adler, J.M. & McAdams, D.P. (2007). Time, culture, and stories of the self. Psychological Inquiry, 18(2): 97-99.
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McAdams, D. P., & Logan, R. L. (2006). Creative work, love, and the dialectic in life narratives of selected academicsin McAdams, D.P., R. Josselson, and A. Lieblich (Eds.), Identity and story: Creating self in narrative (pp. 89-108). APA Books.

McAdams, D. P. and Logan, R. L. (2003). What is generativity? in E. De St. Aubin, D.P. McAdams, & T. Kim (Eds.), The Generative Society  (pp. pp.15-31). APA Press.

Logan, R.L. & Fromberg, R. (Eds.) (1999). Peers in the Classroom: Case Studies in Adult Higher Education. New Forums Press.

McAdams, D. P., de St. Aubin, E., and Logan, R. L. (1993). Generativity among young, midlife, and older adults.Psychology and Aging: 221-230.

Dissertation: Gender Differences in the Expression of Generativity, 1993