Darcia Narvaez


E362 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Professor Emerita of Psychology

  • Child development
  • Parenting
  • Evolution
  • Morality
  • Virtue development
  • Moral education

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How your morning schedule can improve your day

According to a 2016 University of Notre Dame study, children who get lots of affectionate touch grow up to be less anxious adults—and earlier studies showed that adults who get lots of hugs are better able to fight off colds and have lower blood pressure.

NPR: A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist | Podcast

A Parenting Re-set with the Evolved Nest


Tune in for a conversation with Professor Emerita of Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and author of many books, including her latest, The Evolved Nest; Dr. Darcia Narvaez - about the importance of re-thinking our current narrative about caring for babies and moving toward a more indigenous, instinctual and natural model for child rearing.

Here’s how to actually make friends post-college

Darcia Narvaez understands this well. She’s a developmental psychologist who explores how culture and childhood experiences contribute to human flourishing.

One is the loneliest number: What will help people connect again?

“I’ve been sort of saying this is a problem for quite a long time,” says Darcia Narvaez, professor emerita of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. “So the report wasn’t a surprise to me. It was great to see that the government is paying attention to it."

Indian Country Today

Before Europeans, Native communities flourished as true democracies

Darcia Narvaez is a Puerto Rican American professor of psychology emerita at the University of Notre Dame who hosts the website, www.EvolvedNest.org, and studies moral development and flourishing.

Do You Commune With Nature?

An article in Medical Press about a recent study by a Notre Dame psychology professor is headlined “Taking time to commune with nature increases feelings of connecting with it, study shows.”