Social-Emotional Development and Intervention
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Dr. Marc Jambon
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 work broadly focuses on moral development in childhood and adolescence. In particular, I am concerned with the question of why people engage in acts of harm, injustice, and unfairness towards others. This central question has guided my interest in understanding 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
Commendation for Outstanding Dissertation, U of Rochester (2017)
Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute Post-doctoral Travel Award, U of Calgary (2016)
Alfred Baldwin Research Award, U of Rochester (2013)
Helen & Vincent Nowlis Award for Excellence in Teaching, U of Rochester (2012)
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2017). Individual differences in prototypical moral and conventional judgments and children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Development. Advance online publication.
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2014). Moral complexity in middle childhood: Children's evaluations of necessary harm. Developmental Psychology, 50, 22-33.
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2012). College students' moral evaluations of illegal music downloading. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 31-39.
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.
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.
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: Oxford University Press.
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (in press). Morality: Development, identity, intuition, reasoning. To appear in M. Bornstein (Ed.) SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development, 2nd edition.
Smetana, J. & Jambon, M. (in press). Parenting, morality, and social development: New views on old questions. To appear in C. Helwig (Ed.), New perspectives on moral development. 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). NY: Psychology Press.
Manuscripts Under Review/Revision
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (revise & resubmit). Callous-unemotional traits moderate the association between children’s early moral understanding and aggression: A short-term longitudinal study.
Jambon, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Daniel, E., & Jenkins, J. (revise & resubmit). The development of empathic concern in siblings: A reciprocal influence model.
Noh, J., Jambon, M., Smetana, J., Lee, I., & Killen, M. (under review). Korean children’s evaluations of necessary harm: The role of authority messages and relationship status.
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.
Smetana, J., Ball, C., & Jambon, M. (2017, April). Young children distinguish moral and conventional transgressions: Comparisons of moral preferences and judgments. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial Meeting in Austin, TX.
Jambon, M. & Smetana, J. (2015, March). Developmental trajectories in preschoolers’ ability to distinguish moral and social-conventional concepts. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Jambon, M., Seibold-Simpson, S., Crean, H., & Kreipe, R. (2015, March). Longitudinal associations between social trust and friendship quality in early to middle adolescence. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Robinson, J., Jambon, M., Smetana, J., & Rote, W. (2014, March). How close is too close? Profiles of closeness in parent-adolescent relationships and links with parenting and adjustment. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence’s Biennial Meeting in Austin, TX.
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2013, April). Moral complexity in middle childhood: Children's evaluations of necessary harm. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial Meeting in Seattle, WA.
Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2011, March). Links between theory of mind understanding and preschoolers' moral judgments of psychological harm. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development's Biennial Meeting in Montreal, Quebec.
Jambon, M. (2010, August). Cyberbullying, digital media, and moral development in adolescence. Invited talk delivered at the Caledonia-Mumford Central School District, Caledonia, NY.