Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention

Joanna Peplak

Joanna Peplak

PhD Student

j.peplak@mail.utoronto.ca

 

My PhD research focuses on children’s emotional development, specifically in morally relevant contexts. I am interested in investigating how various (a)moral emotions (e.g., compassion, respect, and schadenfreude) develop in interpersonal and intergroup contexts and the differential role of these emotions in motivating (or inhibiting) various prosocial behaviours (e.g., helping and sharing) and different types of aggression. In my research, I employ a multi-informant (i.e., children, peers, teachers, and parents), mixed-method (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) approach with the goal of capturing the true nature of children’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Ultimately, I hope to inform strategies and programs aimed to promote positive emotional development and adaptive peer relationships.

Awards and Scholarships

 

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada CGS – Doctoral (2016 – 2019)

UTM Conference Travel Grant (2016)

SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS – Master’s (2015 – 2016)

UTM Graduate Student Development Grant (2015)

Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Excellence (2014)

SSHRC Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship (2013)

The Western Scholarship of Distinction (2009)

 

 

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Journal Articles

 

Colasante, T., Peplak, J., Sette, S., & Malti, T. (in press). A biosocial approach to the victimization-aggression relationship in childhood: The roles of sympathy and respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. doi:10.1007/s10578-018-0841-5CHUD-D-18-00034.3

 

Dys, P. S., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (in press). Children’s emotions in contexts of social exclusion based on SES. Developmental Psychology.

 

Peplak, J., Song, J-H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017) “Only you can play with me!” Children’s inclusive decision-making, reasoning, and emotions based on peers’ gender and behavior problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 134-148. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.019

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2016). “That Really Hurt, Charlie!” Investigating the Role of Sympathy and Moral Respect in Children’s Aggressive Behavior. The Journal of Genetic Psychology. The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 178(2), 89-101. doi:10.1080/00221325.2016.124517

 

Malti, T., Ongley, S. F., Peplak, J., Chaparro, M. P., Buchmann, M., Zuffianò, A. and Cui, L. (2016). Children's sympathy, guilt, and moral reasoning in helping, cooperation, and sharing: A 6-year longitudinal study. Child Development, 87, 1783–1795. doi:10.1111/cdev.12632

 

 Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2015). Sharing without caring? Respect for moral others compensates for low sympathy in children's sharing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(2), 252-258. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12084

 

Manuscripts Under Review

 

Jambon, M., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2018) Anger, sympathy, and children’s reactive and proactive aggression: Testing a differential correlate hypothesis. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Book Chapters

 

Malti, T., Zhang, L., Myatt, E., Peplak, J., & Acland, E. (forthcoming, 2018). Emotions in contexts of conflict and morality: Developmental perspectives. In V. LoBue, K. Perez-Edgar, & K. Buss (Eds.), Handbook of emotional development. New York: Springer.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., & Acland, E. (forthcoming, 2018). The Development of emotions in moral contexts. In L. Arnett Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of moral development. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

Malti, T., Dys, S. P., Colasante, T., & Peplak, J. (2018). Emotions and morality: New developmental perspectives. In C. Helwig (Vol. Ed.) and M. Harris (Series Ed.), Current issues in developmental psychology: New perspectives on moral development (pp. 55-72). New York: Psychology Press.

 

Malti, T., Zuffianò, A., Cui, L., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Bae, N.Y. (2017). Healthy social-emotional development and peer group inclusion and exclusion. In C. Spiel, N. J. Cabrera, & B. Leyendecker (Eds.). Handbook of positive development of minority children. Netherlands: Springer.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Peplak, J. & Malti, T. (2019, March). How non-refugee children feel about refugee children: Emotions and links to prosocial behavior. Paper submitted for the 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, MD, USA.

 

Peplak, J. & Malti, T. (2019, March). Adolescents’ narratives of schadenfreude. Paper submitted for the 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, MD, USA.

 

Jajarmi, R., Peplak, J., & Malti. T. (2018). The role of parental trust beliefs on children’s development of sympathy and schadenfreude. Poster presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga Summer Research Celebration, Mississauga, Canada.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2018, May). Beyond sympathy: Compassion and prosocial behaviour. In J. Peplak (Chair), What makes some children respond in kindness and others in hostility? Examining the emotional motivators for social behaviour. Symposium conducted at the Development 2018 Conference, St. Catherines, ON, Canada.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2018, July). Adolescents’ narrative accounts of schadenfreude within peer and teacher-student relationships. Poster presented for the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2018, July). The development of compassion in children and adolescents. Poster presented at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2017, May). Children’s decision-making and emotions in contexts of peer exclusion. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Graduate Research Colloquium at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2017, May). “Only you can play with me!” Children’s inclusive decision-making, reasoning, and emotions based on peers’ gender and behavior problems. Paper presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga Brown Bag Series, Mississauga, Canada.

 

Peplak, J., Song, J. H., & Malti, T. (2017, April). Children’s decision-making and emotions in contexts of peer exclusion. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting 2017, Austin, TX, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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