Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership

Verna Monson

Research Fellow

Phone: (621) 282-9472

Dr. Verna Monson is an educational psychologist specializing in ethics education in the professions. As Research Fellow with the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dr. Monson investigates how lawyers understand professionalism, the formation of professional ethical identity, and law school outcomes.

In her doctoral dissertation research, Monson examined the relationship between morality and clinical interaction outcomes in case simulations in dental education. Monson’s doctoral advisors included Mickey Bebeau, a leading expert in the psychology of ethics education, and David W. Johnson, an authority on cooperation and competition in schools and society. Monson co-authored “Guided by Theory, Grounded in Evidence: A Way Forward for Professional Ethics Education,” in the Handbook for Moral and Character Education.

As a research assistant with the Center for the Study of Ethical Development, which is affiliated with both the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama, Monson investigated moral identity, motivation, and empathy in the professions and in graduate business education. She has presented her work at national and international conferences including the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Moral Education, and the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics.

As a former advisor at the Carlson MBA Program at the University of Minnesota, Monson developed programming in leadership development, social responsibility, and diversity. She is a passionate advocate for educational research that fosters stakeholder dialogue and strengthens community. She has served as a consultant to the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business and the U.S. Department of Education on ethics and character education.