Michael Roe


Dean, School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1973
M.Ed., University of Washington, 1975
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1981

Email: mroe@spu.edu
Office: Marston 129

Dr. ​Mícheál Roe is a developmental psychologist with anthropological training. He has particular interests in the interface of life span human development and social justice concerns worldwide. A past SPU Professor of the Year, his teaching areas have been primarily in developmental and research psychology (e.g., child development, adulthood, statistics, research methods).

He came to SPU after teaching at Bethel University in St. Paul for 11 years, and he has enjoyed an ongoing research association with the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland for over two decades. At SPU, he served as the Psychology Department chair for 16 years, and subsequently has served as the dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community for 12 years.

Dr. Roe is a husband, father, and grandfather in a multi-generational, multi-cultural, and blended family. He identifies with the “Peace Church” tradition and has been an active member of Seattle Mennonite Church since the late 1980s.

​Selected publications

Roe, M.D., Barrett, M., Bar-Tal, D, Bretherton, D., Dawes, A., Gallagher, E., Giles, M.L., Hakvoort, I., Hamber, B., Moeschberger, S.L., Montiel, C.J., Muldoon, O.T., Salomon, G., Trew, K., & Wessells, M. (2014). Professor Ed Cairns: A personal and professional biography. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(1), 3–12.

Roe, M.D., Schaafsma, T., & Gutierrez, J. (2009). Meanings, functions, maintenance and reproduction of present-day Scotch-Irish social identities: The role of symbolic ethnicity. Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, 3(1), 1–28.

Roe, M. (2007). Inter-group forgiveness in settings of political violence: Complexities, ambiguities, and potentialities. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 13(1), 3–9.

Roe, M.D. (2003). Cowlitz Indian ethnic identity, social memories, and 150 years of conflict with the United States government. In E. Cairns & M. D. Roe (eds.), The Role of memory in ethnic conflict (pp. 55–74). London: Palgrave/MacMillan.

Roe, M.D. (2002). Contemporary Catholic and Protestant Irish America: Social Identities, Forgiveness, and Attitudes toward The Troubles of Northern Ireland. Eire-Ireland, 37(1 & 2), 153–174.

Please view Dr. Roe’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.