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Matthew Joseph, Ph.D., (formerly Matthew Bundick) is an associate professor in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology and the Director of Counselor Education at Duquesne University. He teaches graduate-level coursework in lifespan development, career development, and research design. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses and previously worked as an academic advisor and career counselor, at the University of Pittsburgh.

His current research interests involve the development of purpose in life in emerging adults/college students, the role of purpose in career decision-making, and how counselors and other educators in secondary and higher education can promote the development of identity, prosocial orientation, and meaning in life. Dr. Joseph has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently writing a book on the development of purpose.


  • Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 2009
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, Northeastern University, 1999
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1997

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  • Doctoral Research and Design Seminar
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Professional Writing
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Life Span Development and Counseling
  • Methods of Individual Assessment

Bundick, M. J., Remington, K., Morton, E., & Colby, A. (2021). The contours of purpose in midlife and later life. Applied Developmental Science, 25(1), 62-82.

Nice, M. L., Kolbert, J. B., Joseph, M., Crothers, L., Hilts, D., & Kratsa, K. (2020). School counselors' self-efficacy in knowledge of the college process. Professional School Counseling, 24(1), 1-12.

Morton, E., Colby, A., Bundick, M. J., & Remington, K. (2018). Hiding in plain sight: Older U.S. purpose exemplars. Journal of Positive Psychology, 14(5), 614-624.

Benson, P. L. & Bundick, M. J. (2015). Erikson and adolescent development: Contemporary views on an enduring legacy. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 25, 195-205.

Bundick, M. J., Corso, M. J., Quaglia, R. J., & Haywood, D. E. (2014). Promoting student engagement in the classroom. Teachers College Record, 116(4), 1-34.

Bundick, M. J., & Tirri, K. (2014). Student perceptions of teacher support and competencies for fostering youth purpose and positive youth development: Perspectives from two countries. Applied Developmental Science, 18(3), 148-162.

Moran, S., Bundick, M. J., Malin, H., & Reilly, T. S. (2012). How supportive of their specific purposes do youth believe their family and friends are? Journal of Adolescent Research, 28,348-377.

Yeager, D. S., Bundick, M. J., & Johnson, R. (2012). The role of future work goal motives in adolescent identity development: A longitudinal mixed-methods investigation. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 37, 206-217.

Bundick, M. J. (2011). The benefits of reflecting on and discussing purpose in life in emerging adulthood. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(132), 89-104.

Bundick, M. J. (2011). Extracurricular activities, positive youth development, and the role of meaningfulness of engagement. Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 57-74.

Flanagan, C. A., & Bundick, M. J. (2011). Civic engagement and psychosocial well-being in college students. Liberal Education, 97, 20-27.

Wandeler, C., & Bundick, M. J. (2011). Hope and self-determination of young adults in the workplace. Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 341-354.

Yeager, D. S., & Bundick, M. J. (2009). The role of purposeful work goals in promoting meaning in life and in schoolwork in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 423-452.

Joseph, M. (under contract, manuscript in preparation). PreMortem: Why things go wrong on the path to a purposeful life, and how to make them right (working title). West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.

Colby, A., Bundick, M. J., Remington, K., & Morton, E. (2020). Moral flourishing in later life through purpose beyond the self. In L. Arnett Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Moral Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 440-458). New York: Oxford University Press.

Damon, W., & Bundick, M. J. (2018). Purpose. In M. H. Bornstein, M. E. Arterberry, K. L. Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. New York: Sage.

Steger, M. F., Bundick, M. J., & Yeager, D. S. (2012). Understanding and promoting meaning in life during adolescence. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 1666-1677). New York: Springer.

Bundick, M. J., Yeager, D. S., King, P. E., & Damon, W. (2010). Thriving across the lifespan. Handbook of Life-Span Development, Vol. 1: Cognition, Biology and Methods (pp. 882-923). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.