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Joanna Peplak

Joanna Peplak

PhD Student

j.peplak@mail.utoronto.ca

 

How do aggressive children differ in their emotional development? Do moral emotions such as sympathy, and respect differentially contribute to various types of aggressive behaviour across development? My research as a master’s student aimed to examine these questions in a cross-sectional school sample of children using a multi-method design. As a first year PhD student, I hope to extend this line of research further by examine how other moral emotions such as gratitude and schadenfreude contribute to children’s and adolescents’ overt and covert aggression (as well as their respective proactive and reactive subtypes), and how they may affect the development of adaptive peer relationships. Additionally, I aim to incorporate psychophysiological and neuroimaging measures to examine moral-emotional differences in aggressive and non-aggressive children.

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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., & Malti, T. (2016). “That Really Hurt, Charlie!” Investigating the Role of Moral Emotions in Children’s Aggressive Behaviour. The Journal of Genetic Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/00221325.2016.1245178

 

Malti, T., Cui, L., Zuffianò, A., Ongley, S. F., Chaparro, M. P., Peplak, J., & Buchmann, M. (2016). Children’s moral emotions and moral reasoning in helping, cooperation, and sharing: A six-year longitudinal study. Child Development.

 

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/In Preparation

 

Peplak, J., Colasante, T., Song, J-H., & Malti, T. (2016) “Only You Can Play with Me!” Children’s Inclusive Decision-Making, Reasoning, and Emotions Based on Peers’ Gender and Behavior Problems. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Malti, T., Dys, S., Colasante, T., & Peplak, J. (2016). Emotions and Morality: New Developmental Perspectives. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Malti, T., & Peplak, J. (2016). The development of respect in childhood and adolescence. Manuscript in preparation.

 

Malti, T., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Sette, S. (2016). A Biosocial-Emotional Approach to the Victimization-Aggression Relationship in Childhood: The Roles of Sympathy and Resting Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia. Manuscript in preparation.

 

Book Chapters

 

Malti, T., Zuffianò, A., Cui, L., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Bae, N.Y. (in press). 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. (2017, April). One For You, One For Me: Children’s Respect for Fair Resource Distribution, Sympathy, and Sharing Behavior. Paper submitted for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting 2017, Austin, TX, USA.

 

Peplak, J., Song, J. H., & Malti, T. (2017, April). Children’s Decision-Making and Emotions in Contexts of Peer Exclusion. Poster submitted for 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 submitted for 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 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., & 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 submitted for 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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