Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention

Dr. Melis Yavuz-Muren

I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Koç University in Turkey. I joined the SEDI laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow in January 2019. My research interests focus on child social-emotional development. More specifically, I am interested in exploring how social emotions and behaviors (e.g., prosocial behaviors, problem behaviors) develop in the early years. I am also interested in the role of contextual and individual risk and protective factors in socio-emotional development. For example, I have examined the roles of parenting and child temperamental characteristics in social-emotional processes. Lastly, I am interested in how socio-economic status and cultural context are related to parenting and child outcomes, both concurrently and across time.

Education

 

2015             PhD in Developmental Psychology, Koc University, Turkey

2012-2013   Visiting PhD in Developmental Psychology, Leiden University, The

                      Netherlands

2011             MA in Developmental Psychology, Koc University, Turkey

2009            BA in Psychology, Koc University, Turkey

 

 

Selected Grants, Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

 

Principal Investigator of 1001 Grant from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (2019)

 

Researcher in the 1003 Grant from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (2019)

 

Regional coordinator of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) (2018)

 

Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Studies Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement during PhD studies (2015)

 

International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Early Career Scholar travel grant for ISSBD 2014 Biennial Meeting (2014)

 

Erasmus Scholarship (2012-2013)

 

The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) travel grant for ISSBD 2012 Biennial Meeting (2012)

 

TÜBİTAK Scholarship for Ph.D. Students (2011-2015)

 

Koç University Graduate School of Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship (Full tuition waiver & Stipend) (2011-2015)

 

TÜBİTAK Scholarship for MA Students (2009-2011)

 

Koç University Full Merit Scholarship for Graduate Students (Full tuition waiver & Stipend) (2009-2011)

 

Koç University travel grant for international conferences (2009-2016)

 

Vehbi Koç Scholar Award (2005-2009)

 

Koç University Full Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Students (Full tuition waiver & Stipend) (2004-2009)

 

 

 

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Journals covered by ISI (SSCI, SCI, ASCI)

 

Mesman, J., Branger, M., Woudstra, M., Emmen, R., Asanjarani, F., Carcamo, R., Hsiao, C., Mels, C., Selcuk, B., Soares, I., Wang, L., Yavuz, M., & Alink, L. (2020). Crossing boundaries: A pilot study of maternal attitudes about maltreatment in nine countries. Child Abuse and Neglect, 99. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104257

 

Yavuz, H. M., Selçuk, B., & Korkmaz, B. (2019). Social competence in children with autism. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 65(1), 10-19. doi: 10.1080/20473869.2017.1346224

 

Yavuz, H. M., & Selçuk. B. (2018). Predictors of obesity and overweight in preschoolers: The role of parenting styles and feeding practices. Appetite, 120, 491-499. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017

 

Selçuk, B., Yavuz, H. M., Harma, M, Etel, E., & Ruffman, T. (2018). Executive function and theory of mind as predictors of socially withdrawn behavior in institutionalized children. Social Development, 27, 109-124. doi: 10.1111/sode.12252.

 

Doenyas, C., Yavuz, H. M. & Selçuk, B. (2018). Not just a sum of its parts: How tasks of the theory of mind scale relate to executive function across time. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 166, 485-501. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.09.014

 

Seçinti, E., Yavuz, H. M., & Selçuk, B. (2017). Feelings of burden among family caregivers of people with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 55, 782-787. doi:10.1038/sc.2017.6

 

Yavuz, H. M., Yağmurlu, B., Aksan, N., & Çorapçı, F. (2017). Role of temperament, parenting behaviors, and stress on Turkish preschoolers’ internalizing symptoms. Social Development, 26, 109-128. doi: 10.1111/sode.12192

 

Mesman, J., van IJzendoorn, M., Carcamo, R., Carbonell, O. A., Cohen-Paraira, I., de la Harpe, C., Ekmekci, H., Emmen, R., Mels, C., Mooya, H., Noblega, M., Ortiz, J., Sagi-Schwartz, A., Sichimca, F., Soares, I., Steele, H., Steele, M., van der Leeden, M., van der Veer, R., Wang, L., Yağmurlu, B., Yavuz, H. M., & Zreik, G. (2016). Is the ideal mother a sensitive mother? Beliefs about early childhood parenting in mothers across the globe. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 40, 385-397. doi: 10.1177/0165025415594030

 

Yavuz, H. M., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Mesman, J, & van der Veek, S. (2015). Interventions aimed at reducing obesity in early childhood: A meta-analysis of programs that involve parents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56, 677-692. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12330

 

Ekmekçi, H., Yavuz, M., Emmen, R., Mesman, J., Van IJzendoorn, M., Yağmurlu, B., & Malda, M. (2015). Professionals' and mothers' beliefs about maternal sensitivity across cultures: Toward effective interventions in the multicultural society. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 1295-1306. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9937-0

 

Yağmurlu, B., & Yavuz, H. M. (2015). Social competence and temperament in children with chronic orthopedic disability. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 62, 83-98. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2014.984590

 

Yağmurlu, B., Yavuz, H. M., & Şen, H. (2015). Well-being of mothers of children with orthopedic disabilities in a disadvantaged context: Findings from Turkey. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 948-956. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9905-8

 

Altan-Aytun, Ö., Yağmurlu, B. & Yavuz, M. (2013). Turkish mothers' coping with children's negative emotions: A brief report. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 437-443. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9597-

 

Publications in other refereed journals

 

Selçuk, B. & Yavuz, H. M. (2018). Erken çocukluk gelişimine dair Türkiye bulgularına bakış [Early childhood development: A review of studies from Turkey]. Journal of Early Childhood Studies, 2, 334-363. doi: 10.24130/eccd-jecs.196720182271

 

Book chapters

 

Şen, H., Yavuz, H. M., & Yağmurlu, B. (2013). Parenting: The Turkish context. In. H. Selin (Ed.), Parenting across cultures: Childrearing, motherhood and fatherhood in non-western cultures. Netherlands: Springer Publishers.

 

Yağmurlu, B., & Yavuz, H. M. (2012). Ana-babalığın görünmeyen yönü: Bilişler [Parental cognitions: Values, ideas, and goals]. In M. Sayıl & B. Yağmurlu (Eds.), Ana-babalık: Kuram ve araştırma [Parenting: Theory and research] (pp. 149-168). Istanbul: Koç University Press.

 

Selected Recent Presentations

 

Yavuz, H. M., & İkan, R. (2019, March). Early childhood parental feeding and adulthood BMI: The mediating role of emotional eating. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Maryland, USA.

 

Yavuz, H. M., Çay, K., Özay, F.,  & Şen, M. (2019, March). Social competence in blind children: Roles of father involvement and non-family support. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Maryland, USA.

 

Yavuz, H. M. & Selçuk, B. (2018, July). Role of Religiosity, Collectivistic Values and Perceived Normativeness on Physical and Psychological Control. Poster presented at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Gold Coast, Australia.

 

Ekerim, M., Yavuz, H. M., Güney, O.,  Selçuk, B. (2017, April). Differential role of parenting for the externalizing and internalizing behaviors of male and female Turkish preschoolers. Symposium paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, USA.

 

Yavuz, H. M. & Selçuk, B. (2016, July). Parenting and childhood obesity: Evidence from Turkey. Symposium paper presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Yavuz, H. M., Dalbayrak, N., Selçuk, B. (2016, May). Parenting styles and child social withdrawal: The mediating role of inhibitory control. Poster presented at the 28th Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA.

 

Seçinti, E., Yavuz, H. M., & Selçuk, B. (2016, May). Feelings of burden among family caregivers of people with spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the 28th Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA.

 

Doenyas, C., Yavuz, H. M., & Selçuk (2016, May). Beyond false belief understanding: Executive function predicts theory of mind in early childhood. Poster presented at the 28th Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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