Social-Emotional Development and Intervention
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Dr. Ju-Hyun Song
How we think, feel, and behave is highly intertwined. I study how one factor affects the others through bidirectional, mediating, and moderating mechanisms in children’s social development. My current research focuses on understanding the roles of emotion (anger, guilt, emotion regulation) and other-oriented reflection (trust, sympathy, theory-of-mind) in the development of aggression and prosocial behaviour. Ultimately, my goal is to inform intervention targeting reflective processes for strengthening the desirable links between emotional competence and prosocial behaviour, while weakening the maladaptive links between negative emotional experience and antisocial behaviour from the early years.
Another line of my research examines how children’s biological and temperamental characteristics moderate the relation between environmental risks (e.g., negative parenting, life stressors) and their developmental outcomes (e.g., mental health, behavioural problems). I hope to translate findings from this line of research into effective screening and tailored interventions for children with increased temperamental risk and susceptibility to environment.
I earned my Ph.D. (developmental psychology) from the University of Michigan in 2015 and joined the Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention at the University of Toronto in May, 2016.
Awards and Scholarships
Patricia Gurin Award for Best Research Program, U of Michigan (2015)
Nominated, Marquis Award for Best Dissertation in Psychology, U of Michigan (2015)
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, U of Michigan (2013)
ISR-Rackham Summer Training Award, U of Michigan (2013)
APA Student Travel Award, American Psychological Association (2012)
Rackham Travel Grant, U of Michigan (2011, 12, 14)
Study Abroad Fellowship, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (2008-14)
Honor Scholarship, Ewha Womans University (2003-05)
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
Song, J. –H., & Volling, B. L. (2017). Theory-of-Mind development and early sibling relationships after the birth of a sibling: Parental discipline matters. Infant and Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/icd.2053
Wellman, H. M., Song, J. –H., & Peskin-Shepher, H. (2017). Children’s early awareness of comprehension as evident in their spontaneous corrections of speech errors. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12862
Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017). Helping yourself helps others: Linking children’s emotion regulation to prosocial behavior through sympathy and trust. Emotion. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/emo0000332
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 behaviour problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 134-148. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.019
Oh, W., Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Rosenberg, L., & Song, J. -H. (2017). II. Methods and procedures for the family transitions study. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82, 26-45. doi:10.1111/mono.12308
Song, J. -H., Oh, W., Gonzalez, R., Volling, B. L., & Yu, T. (2017). V. Developmental trajectories of children’s attention problems after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82, 72-81. doi:10.1111/mono.12311
Oh, W., Song, J. -H., Gonzalez, R, Volling, B. L., & Yu, T. (2017). VIII. Developmental trajectories of children’s withdrawal after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82, 106-117. doi:10.1111/mono.12314
Miller, A. L., Song, J. -H., Sturza, J., Lumeng, J. C., Rosenblum, K., Kaciroti, N. and Vazquez, D. M. (2016). Child cortisol moderates the association between family routines and emotion regulation in low-income children. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 99-110. doi:10.1002/dev.21471
Song, J. –H., & Trommsdorff, G. (2016). Linking maternal emotion socialization to boys’ and girls’ emotion regulation in Korea. Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, 6, 47-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.5723/csac.2016.6.2.047
Song, J. -H., Volling, B. L., Lane, J. D., & Wellman, H. M (2016). Aggression, sibling antagonism, and theory-of-mind: A developmental cascade. Child Development, 87, 1250-1263. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12530
Song, J. -H., Waller, R., Hyde, L. W., & Olson, S. L. (2016). Early callous-unemotional behavior, theory-of-mind, and fearful/inhibited temperament predict externalizing problems in middle and late childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1205-1215. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0099-3
Song, J. -H., & Volling, B. L. (2015). Coparenting and children’s temperament predict firstborns’ cooperation in the care of an infant sibling. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 130-135. doi:10.1037/fam0000052
Song, K. H., Song, J. -H., Baik, J. H., & Lee, S. Y. (2009). Understanding peer victimization in boys and girls: Adolescents’ emotional, cognitive characteristics and parenting behaviors. Korean Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22, 1-22.
Park, S. Y., Song, J. -H., & Rubin, K. H. (2008). The heterogeneity of solitary behaviors in young children: The effects of child inhibition and parenting behaviors. Korean Journal of Child Studies, 29, 97-113.
Park, S. Y., Lee, E. G., Song, J. -H., & Soenens, B. (2008). The effects of two types of parental psychological control on dependency, self-criticism and depression in adolescents. Korean Journal of Child Studies, 29, 65-78.
Malti, T., Song, J. -H., Dys, S. P., & Colasante, T. (in press). Parenting the aggressive child. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting (3rd ed., Vol. 1, pp. xxx-xxx). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Lane, J. D., & Song, J. -H. (2015). Behavioral inhibition and social withdrawal across cultures. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences, (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 456-462). Oxford: Elsevier.
Song, J. –H. (2016, Oct). Understanding others’ minds: Implications for social behaviors in childhood. Invited Talk at the University of Toronto Department of Psychology Developmental Interest Group Talk Series, Toronto, Ontario.
Song, J. -H. (2015, Feb). Aggression, Sibling Conflict, and Social Cognition During the First Year of Siblinghood: A Developmental Cascade Model. Invited Talk at the University of Michigan Department of Psychology at Pat Gurin Distinguished Lecture Series, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Song, J. -H. (2012, May). Current Research Trends in Developmental Psychology: Differential Susceptibility and Social Neuroscience. Invited Talk at Ewha Womans University Department of Psychology Developmental Area, Seoul, Korea.
Song, J. -H., & Volling, B. L. (2012, March). Coparenting and Children’s Temperament predict Firstborns’ Compliance: Dual Risk or Differential Susceptibility? Talk at the University of Michigan Department of Psychology Developmental Brownbag, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Schwyzer, I., Song, J. –H., & Malti, T. (2017, August). Helping and hurting others: Exploring children’s interpersonal narratives. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Song, J. -H., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2017, April). Social-emotional strengths assessment for intervention: A validation of the parent-report Holistic Student Assessment for children. Poster session presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX, USA.
Peplak, J., Song, J. –H., & Malti, T. (2017, April). Children’s decision-making and emotions in contexts of peer exclusion. Poster session presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX, USA.
Cho, S. I., Song, J. -H., Trommsdorff, G., Cole, P. M., Niraula, S., & Park, S. Y. (2016, May). Mothers’ reactions to children’s positive and negative emotion expressions in social contexts: Comparisons across Nepal, Korea, and Germany. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, USA.
Song, J. -H., Miller, A. L., Leung, C. Y. Y., Lumeng, J. C., & Rosenblum, K. L. (2016, May). Child temperament moderates the association between maternal sensitivity and toddler self-regulation. In H. Brophy-Herb (Chair). Family contexts for parental emotion socialization practices: Findings from Michigan infant-toddler research exchange. Symposium conducted at the 20th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS), New Orleans, LA, USA.
van Berkel, S., Song, J. -H., Volling, B. L., & Gonzalez, R. (2016, May). Older siblings’ influences on preschoolers’ behavioral control. Paper presented at the 20th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Song, J. -H., & Park, S. Y. (2015, October). Collectivistic value and autonomy- and relatedness satisfaction risking psychological well-being of Korean adolescents: Gender differences. Paper presented at the 13th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences, Tokyo, Japan.
Song, J. -H., Waller, R., Hyde, L. W., & Olson, S. L. (2015, March). Interactions between callous-unemotional behavior and anxious-temperament in predicting school-aged conduct problems. Poster session presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Song, J. -H., & Voling, B. L. (2015, March). Firstborn’s theory-of-mind development during the first year of siblinghood. In E. Daniel & H. Prime (Chairs), The role of sibling in social development during early childhood. Symposium conducted at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Song, J. -H., Park, S. Y., & Trommsdorff, G. (2014, July). Korean mothers’ sensitivity and emotion socialization predicting children’s emotion regulation. In M. Weis & G. Trommsdorf (Chairs). Socialization of self-regulation in cross-cultural perspective. Symposium conducted at the 22nd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Reims, France.
Song, J. -H., & Volling, B. L. (2013, April). Firstborn's attitude toward the baby sibling and parents' management of sibling conflict predict firstborn's theory-of-mind. Poster session presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.
Song, J. -H., Volling, B. L., & Lane, J. D. (2012, August). Young children’s behavioral characteristics differentially predict their theory-of-mind abilities. Poster session presented at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Song, J. -H., & Volling, B. L. (2011, March). Child soothability as a moderator between coparenting and compliance. Poster session presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.