Dr. John Gibbs

Dr. John Gibbs

Dr. John Gibbs

Professor, Developmental


(614) 292-7918

237 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH.

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  • PhD Harvard University

My interests pertain to cross-cultural sociomoral development, parental socialization, empathy, prosocial behavior, and antisocial behavior. I have, with students and colleagues, developed assessment measures of moral judgment, moral identity, social perspective-taking, self-serving cognitive distortions, and social skills. We have also converted our sociomoral treatment program, EQUIP, into a prevention program for middle and high school students. The new (2019) edition of my textbook, Moral Development & Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt, has been published by Oxford University Press (see flyer page 1 and flyer page 2).

Selected Recent Publications

Potter, G. B., Gibbs, J. C., Robbins, M., & Langdon, P. E. (2024, in press). The EQUIP Program for high-risk adolescents: Serving residential and community agencies. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Berkowitz, M. W., Gibbs, J. C., & DiBiasi, A.-M. (2023, in press). A character education perspective on preventing youth violence. In K. Heide (Ed.), International handbook of juvenile homicide. Abington, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Brugman, D., & Gibbs, J. C. (2023). Is moral judgment maturity merely the opposite of self-serving cognitive distortions or moral disengagement? European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 20, 709-729.

Gibbs, J. C. (2022).  Moral-cognitive delay and distortions. In C. Garofalo & J. J. Sistema (Eds.), Clinical Forensic Psychology: Development, psychopathology, and treatment (pp. 67-86). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brugman, D., Beerthuizen, M. G. C. J., Helmond, P., Basinger, K. S., & Gibbs, J. C. (2022). Assessing moral judgment maturity using the Sociomoral Reflection Measure—Short Form. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 1-11.

Gibbs, J. C. (2021).  Gender differences in moral judgment and behavior. In A. Brunstein (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of psychology (pp. 1-12). New York: Oxford University Press.

Patrick, R. B., Rote, W. M., Gibbs, J. C., & Basinger, K. S. (2019). Defend, stand by, or join in? The relative influence of moral identity, moral judgment, and social self-efficacy on adolescents' bystander behaviors in bullying situations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence48:2051-2064.

Gibbs, J. C., Basinger, K. S., Grime, R. L., & Lee, D. (2019). Moral judgment maturity: From clinical to standard measures. In S. J. Lopez & M.W. Gallagher (Eds.) Handbook of positive psychological assesment (2nd ed., pp. 333-346). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Gibbs, J. C. (2019). Moral development & reality: Beyond the theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt. New York: Oxford University Press.

Patrick, R. B., Bodine, A. J., Gibbs, J. C. & Basinger, K. S. (2018). What accounts for prosocial behavior? Roles of moral identity, moral judgment, and self-efficacy. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 179, 231-245. 

Gibbs, J.C. (2017). Tucker, Stevenson, Weiss, and life: Renditions of the transcendent view from past-life memories. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 35, 133-165. 

Potter, G. B., Gibbs, J .C., Robbins, M., & Langdon, P. E. (2015). A comprehensive cognitive behaviorial program for offenders: Responsible Adult Culture. Dordrecht: Springer.

Gibbs, J. C., Potter, G. B., & DiBiase, A.-M. (2013). Sociomoral development for behaviorally at-risk youth: Mac's group meeting. In C. Proctor and A. Linley (eds.), Positive psychology: Research, applications, and interventions for children and adolescents (pp 225-245). Dordecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

DiBiase, A.-M., Gibbs, J. C., Potter, G. B., & Blount, M (2012). Teaching adolescents to think and act responsibly: The EQUIP approach (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Patrick, R. B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2012). Inductive discipline, parental expression of disappointed expectations, and moral identity in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41 973-983.

Plante, N., Daigle, M. S., Gaumont, C., Charbonneau, L., Gibbs, J. C., & Barriga, A. (2012). Validation of the "How I Think" Questionnaire in a population of French-speaking adolescents with externalizing behaviors Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 196-210.

Chabrol, H., van Leeuwen, N., Rodgers, R. F., & Gibbs, J. C. (2011). Relations between self-serving cognitive distortions, pyschopathic traits, and antisocial behavior in a non-clinical sample of adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 887-892.

Van Vugt, E. S., Gibbs, J. C., Stams, G. J. J., Bijleveld, C., Hendriks, J., & van der Laan, P. H. (2011). Moral development and recidivism: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 1234-1250.

Glick, B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2011). Aggression replacement training (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Devlin, R.S., & Gibbs, J. C. (2010) Responsible Adult Culture (RAC): Cognitive and behavioral changes at a community-based correctional facility. Journal of Research in Character Education, 8, 1-20

Gibbs, J. C., Moshman, D., Berkowitz, M. W., Basinger, K. S., & Grime, R. L. (2009). Taking development seriously. Journal of Moral Education, 38, 271-282.

Gibbs, J. C. (2009). Moral development. In S. J. Lopez & A. Beauchamp (Eds.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology (pp. 622-626). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Gibbs, J. C. (2008). Reflections on a rescue: Three primacies in moral motivation. In D. Fasko & W. Willis (Eds.), Contemporary philosophical and psychological perspectives on moral development and education (pp. 167-184). Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

McCrady, F., Kaufman, K., Vasey, M. W., Barriga, A. Q, Devlin, R. S., & Gibbs, J. C. (2008). It's all about me: Incarcerated adolescent sex offenders' generic and sex-specific cognitive distortions. Sexual AbuseA Journal of Research and Treatment, 20, 261-271.

Gibbs, J. C., Basinger, K. S., Grime, R. L., & Snarey, J. R. (2007). Moral judgment development across cultures: Revisiting Kohlberg's universality claims. Developmental Review, 27, 443-500.

Patrick, R. B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2007). Parental expression of disappointment: Should it be a factor in Hoffman's model of parental discipline? Journal of Genetic Psychology, 168, 131-145.

Gibbs, J. C. (2006). Should Kohlberg's cognitive developmental approach be replaced with a more pragmatic approach? Comment on Krebs and Denton. Psychological Review113, 666-671.

Stams, G. J., Brugman, D., Dekovic, M., van Rosmale, L., van der Laan, P., & Gibbs, J. C. (2006). The moral judgment of juvenile delinquents: A meta-analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology34, 697-713.