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Joanna Peplak

Joanna Peplak

PhD Student

j.peplak@mail.utoronto.ca

 

How do aggressive and non-aggressive children differ in their social-emotional development? Do aggressive children experience less moral emotions such as sympathy and respect, and more often experience amoral emotions such as schadenfreude and greed? Are these emotions differentially linked to certain social behaviours, and if so, do these relations change from early childhood to adolescence? My PhD research aims to answer these questions by investigating how various (a)moral emotions develop in interpersonal and intergroup contexts (e.g., in situations involving harm or retaliation) and how they motivate (or inhibit) prosocial behaviour and aggression. In my research, I employ a multi-informant (i.e., children, peers, teachers, and parents), mixed-method (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) approach in order to capture the true nature of children’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Ultimately, I hope to inform the creation of strategies and programs aimed to promote positive emotional development and adaptive peer relationships.

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Awards

 

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)

Publications

Journal Articles

 

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

 

Malti, T., & Peplak, J. (2017). The development of respect in childhood and adolescence. Manuscript under review.

 

Dys, P. S., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017). Children’s Emotions in Contexts of Social Exclusion Based on SES. Manuscript under review.

 

Book Chapters

 

Malti, T., Zuffianò, A., Cui, L., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Bae, N. Y. (2017). Children’s social-emotional development in contexts of peer exclusion. In N. J. Cabrera & B. Leyendecker (Eds.), Handbook on positive development of minority children and youth. (pp. 295-306). Switzerland: Springer.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., & Acland, E. (2017). The Development of Emotions in Moral Contexts. In L. Arnett Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Moral Development. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

Conference Presentations

 

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.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2016, July). Children’s Respect and Aggression in Peer Relationships. Poster symposium presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2016, July). Children’s Sympathy and Respect in Relation to their Aggressive Behavior. Poster symposium presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Sette, S. (2016, July). Physiological and Affective Responses to Peer Exclusion. Paper submitted for the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., & Colasante, T. (2016, March). Children’s and Adolescents’ Affective Responses to Peer Exclusion. Paper submitted for the 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Baltimore, MD, USA.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2015, March). Children’s respect and aggressive behavior. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, USA.

 

Malti, T., Bae, N.Y., Peplak, J., Cui, L., & Johnson, E. (2015, March). Children’s emotions in contexts of peer exclusion and victimization. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, USA.

 

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2014, May). The development of children’s understanding of respect. Poster presented at the Development 2014 Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

 

Zuffianò, A., Bae, N.Y., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2014, May). Children’s experiences of peer exclusion, respect, and prosocial behaviour. Poster presented at the Development 2014 Conference, Ottawa, Canada.

 

Malti, T., Dys, S.P., Peplak, J., & Bae, N.Y. (2014, July). Children’s respect toward sympathetic, helpful and aggressive others. Paper presented at the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Shanghai, China.

 

 

 

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