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Sam Hardy, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology



I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University. I completed my B.S. in Human Development at BYU. Then, I did graduate work in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, working under Drs. Marcela Raffaelli and Gustavo Carlo. Following graduate school I worked for two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Longitudinal Data Analysis and Lifespan Development with Dr. John Nesselroade at the University of Virginia. I joined the faculty at BYU in 2007.


  • PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2005
  • MA, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2002
  • BS, Brigham Young University, 1999

Research Interests

My research overlaps developmental and personality psychology, and is specifically focused on investigating the ways in which morality, identity, and religiosity develop, interrelate, and function in the everyday lives of adolescents and adults. Often I am interested in motivators of good behavior. I am becoming more interested in how to empower teens to live their beliefs, and help teens and adults to make positive life changes. I also have interest in theoretical and philosophical psychology, particularly issues related to agency/determinism, ethics, and religion/science.

Publication Info

  • Darcia Narvaez, Sam A Hardy (2016). Measuring triune ethics orientation. Embodied morality: Protectionism, engagement, and imagination.
  • Sam A Hardy, A. Meca, R. A. Ritchie, W. Beyers, S. J. Schwartz, S. Picariello, B. L. Zamboanga, Sam A Hardy, K. Luyckx, S. Y. Kim, S. K. Whitbourne, E. Crocetti, E. J. Brown, C. G. Benitez (2015). Identity centrality and psychosocial functioning: A person-centered approach. Emerging Adulthood.
  • P. J. Janowski, Sam A Hardy, B. L. Zamboanga, L. S. Ham, S. J. Schwartz, S. Y. Kim, L. F. Forthun, M. M. Bersamin, R. A. Donovan, S. K. Whitbourne, E. A. Hurley, M. A. Cano (2015). Religiousness and levels of hazardous alcohol use: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Sam A Hardy, David C Dollahite, N. Johnson, J. B. Christensen (2015). Adolescent motivations to engage in prosocial behaviors and abstain from health-risk behaviors: A self-determination theory approach. Journal of Personality.
  • Sam A Hardy, Gustavo Carlo (2015). Moral identity. Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • S. J. Schwartz, Sam A Hardy, B. L. Zamboanga, A. Meca, A. S. Waterman, S. Picariello, K. Luyckx, E. Crocetti, S. Y. Kim, A. S. Brittian, S. E. Roberts, S. K. Whitbourne, R. A. Ritchie, E. J. Brown, L. F. Forthun (2015). Identity in young adulthood: Links with mental health and risky behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.
  • P. L. Samuelson, M. J. Jarvinen, T. B. Paulus, I. M. Church, Sam A Hardy, J. L. Barrett (2015). Implicit theories of intellectual virtues and vices: A focus on intellectual humility. Journal of Positive Psychology.
  • Sam A Hardy, Dallas Bean, Joseph A Olsen (2015). Moral identity and adolescent prosocial and antisocial behaviors: Interactions with moral disengagement and self-regulation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Sam A Hardy, Z. Zhang, J. E. Skalski, B. S. Melling, C. T. Brinton (2014). Daily religious involvement, spirituality, and moral emotions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • J. Dezutta, A. S. Waterman, S. J. Schwartz, K. Luckx, W. Beyers, A. Meca, S. Y. Kim, S. K. Whitbourne, B. L. Zamboanga, R. M. Lee, Sam A Hardy, L. F. Forthun, R. A. Ritchie, R. S. Weisskirch, E. J. Brown, S. J. Caraway (2014). Meaning in life in emerging adulthood: A person-oriented approach. Journal of Personality.