Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D. - Vice President, Research and Development

As Vice President of Research and Development, Roehlkepartain provides leadership for Search Institute’s research and development projects as well as serving as part of the nonprofit organization’s leadership team. Working with colleagues, he designs and implement major projects and partnerships aligned with Search Institute’s strategic priorities. He also represents the organization through consultations, presentations, and workshops. Roehlkepartain joined Search institute in 1991 and, prior to assuming his current position, has had a number of roles, including acting CEO, executive vice president, senior advisor to the president, and director of publishing.


  • Linking and aligning youth, family, and community development
  • Youth development in a global context
  • Family strengths and family engagement
  • Service-learning and youth philanthropy
  • Integrating research and practice

Selected Recent Publications

Syvertsen, A. K., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Scales, P. C. (2012). The American family assets study. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.

Roehlkepartain, E. C., Benson, P. L., Scales, P. C. (2011). Spiritual identity: Contextual perspectives. In S. J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, & V. L. Vignoles (Eds.). The handbook of identity theory and research: Vol. 2—Domains and categories (pp. 545- 562). New York: Springer.

Scales, P. C., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Benson, P. L. (2010).Teen voice 2010: Relationships that matter to America’s 15-year-olds. Minneapolis and Richfield, MN: Search Institute and Best Buy Children’s Foundation.

Roehlkepartain, E. C., King, P. E., Wagener, L. M., & Benson, P. L. (Eds.) (2006). The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mannes, M., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Benson, P. L. (2005). Unleashing the power of community to strengthen the well being of children, youth, and families: An asset-building approach. Child Welfare, 84 (2), 233-250.


  • Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (Family, Youth, and Community specialization), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • B.A., Journalism and Religion, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Keynotes & Presentations

Parenting for the Long Haul: Everyday Strategies for Creating a Positive Future with Your Kids - ParentFurther Webinar
The Ordinary Magic of Modern Families: New, National Research on Family Strengths - ParentFurther Webinar


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