About the Authors

John Dacey

John and grandkids

John was born in Rochester, NY, and raised in Binghamton, NY. He received a B. A. in Social Science from Binghamton University in 1963. He then enrolled in Cornell University, where he received an M. A. T. in social science in 1964 and a Ph. D. in developmental and educational psychology in 1966.

He joined the faculty of B. C. that year and recently retired after 38 years as Professor in the Developmental and Educational Psychology Program. John teaches courses in adolescent and adult development and the psychology of interpersonal relations. He has a small pratice as a psychoherapist, licensed in Massachusetts. He is the author of 13 books on the subjects of anxiety, creativity and human development. He has received public service awards from three cities in Massachusetts: Newton, Peabody and Roxbury.

He has three adult children: Julie (novelist and Director of Spread the Bread), Jennifer (Assistant Professor of public health, Boston College School of Nursing), and Kristen (photographer and Director of stockphotorequest.com). His wife Linda is Professor of math education at Lesley University. He has nine wonderful grandchildren (see picture below). He is a member of the Follen Unitarian Church in Lexington, MA, where he and Linda live. He enjoys designing video games, gardening, sailing, flying a small plane, and golf.

John's Resumé | John's Interviews

Lisa Fiore

Lisa and family

Lisa was born in Buffalo, NY, and was raised in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. College prompted a move back to the east coast, where she received a B. A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1992. She followed her interest in the development of young children to Tufts University, earning an M. A. T. in Child Study in 1994 and a Ph. D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College in 2000.

Lisa joined the faculty of Lesley University in 2002, and is currently Assistant Professor and Director of the Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education. Lisa teaches courses in developmental learning as well as observation, documentation, and assessment. She is a licensed Early Childhood teacher in Massachusetts. Current research interests include parent education and integrating teaching practices inspired by the early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy into teacher education programs in the United States.

She has two young children: Matthew (Red Sox fan and dinosaur expert) and Talia (tutu twirler and Princess of Spunk/Spice). Her husband, Steve, is an attorney in Cambridge, MA. Lisa enjoys rediscovering everyday wonders with her children, theater, baseball, and learning how to document her family's growth with various media.

Lisa's Resumé

John S. Dacey, Ph.D. & Lisa B Fiore, Ph.D © 2006