Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention
I received my Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Rochester in 2016 under the advisement of Dr. Judith Smetana. I joined Dr. Malti’s laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow in September, 2017.
My research focuses on moral development in childhood and adolescence, with a particular interest in understanding why people engage in acts of harm, injustice, and unfairness towards others. This central question has guided my interest in the development of individual differences in preschoolers’ reasoning about moral and social norms, the connections between moral judgments, emotions, and behavior, and how different social experiences (e.g., with peers, family members, and the broader society) contribute to children’s and adolescents’ moral beliefs and values. I am also interested in developing new and improved methods to assess moral evaluations in early childhood. My ultimate goal is to help build a more integrated understanding of the crucial role that moral functioning plays in children’s broader social, emotional, and behavioral development.
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Dissertation Commendation, University of Rochester (2017)
Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) Postdoctoral Travel Award, University of Calgary (2016)
Alfred Baldwin Research Award, University of Rochester (2013)
Helen & Vincent Nowlis Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Rochester (2012)
Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. (in press). Developmental trajectories of physical aggression and prosocial behavior in early childhood: Family antecedents and psychological correlates. Developmental Psychology.
Jambon, M., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2018). Anger, sympathy, and children’s reactive and proactive aggression: Testing a differential correlate hypothesis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10802-018-0498-3
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (2018a). Callous-unemotional traits moderate the association between children’s early moral understanding and aggression: A short-term longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 54, 903-915. doi: 10.1037/dev0000473
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2018b). Individual differences in prototypical moral and conventional judgments and children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Development, 89, 1343-1359. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12757
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (2018c). Self-reported moral emotions and physical and relational aggression in early childhood: A social domain approach. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13174
Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., & Jenkins, J. (2018). The development of empathic concern in siblings: A reciprocal influence model. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13015
Smetana, J., Jambon, M., & Ball, C. (2018). Normative changes and individual differences in early moral judgments: A constructivist developmental perspective. Human Development, 61, 264-280. doi: 10.1159/000492803
Smetana, J., Ball, C., Jambon, M., & Yoo, H. (2018). Are young children’s preferences and evaluations of moral and conventional transgressors associated with domain distinctions in judgments? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 173, 284-303. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2018.04.008
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2014). Moral complexity in middle childhood: Children's evaluations of necessary harm. Developmental Psychology, 50, 22-33. doi: 10.1037/a0032992
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2012). College students' moral evaluations of illegal music downloading. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 31-39. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2011.09.001
Smetana, J., Jambon, M., Conry-Murray, C., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2012). Reciprocal associations between young children's developing moral judgments and theory of mind. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1144-1155. doi: 10.1037/a0025891
Smetana, J., Rote, W., Jambon, M., Tasopoulos-Chan, M., Villalobos, M., & Comer, J. (2012). Developmental changes and individual differences in young children's moral judgments. Child Development, 83, 683-696. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01714
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (in press). Socialization of moral judgments and reasoning. To appear in D. Laible, G. Carlo, & L. M. Padilla-Walker (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of parenting and moral development. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Malti, T., Colasante, T., & Jambon, M. (2018). Aggression and morality in childhood and adolescence. In T. Malti and K. Rubin (Eds.), Handbook of child and adolescent aggression (pp. 212-229). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (2018). Morality. In M. Bornstein (Ed.) SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development, 2nd edition, Vol. 4 (pp. 1435-1439). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing. doi: 10.4135/9781506307633.n537
Smetana, J. & Jambon, M. (2018). Parenting, morality, and social development: New views on old questions. In C. Helwig (Ed.) New perspectives on moral development (pp. 121-139). New York: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis.
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (2015). Theories of moral development. In J. Wright (Ed.) International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 15 (pp. 788-795). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Smetana, J., Jambon, M., & Ball, C. (2014). The social domain approach to children's moral and social judgments. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.) Handbook of moral development, 2nd Edition (pp. 23-45). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Selected Recent Presentations
Jambon, M., Mehmood, T., & Malti, T. (2018, May). It feels good to be bad: Interactive effects between sympathy and reward sensitivity on proactive aggression in middle childhood. Paper presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Colasante, T., Jambon, M., & Malti, T. (2018, May). Biological and social-emotional correlates of childhood aggression. Poster presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Jambon, M. (2017, November). Moral judgments and aggression in young children. Invited talk delivered to the Developmental Science Interest Group (DIG), University of Toronto.
Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, A. (2017, June). Developmental trajectories of physical aggression and prosocial behavior in young children. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Owerko Centre Conference in Calgary, Alberta.