Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention

Dr. Melis Yavuz-Müren

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Developmental Psychology


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 2020. 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.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


Yavuz, H. M, Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2022). Parental warmth predicts more child prosocial behavior in children with better emotion regulation: A longitudinal psychophysiological study. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.


Yavuz, H. M., Dys, S. & Malti, T. (2022). Parental discipline, child inhibitory control and prosocial behaviors: The indirect relations via child sympathy. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31, 1276-1289.


Ekerim-Akbulut, M., Turunc, G., Yavuz, H. M., Imuta, K., & Selcuk, B. (2021). A Meta-Analytic Review of the Association between Theory of Mind and Aggression. PsychArchives.


Gonultas, S., Yavuz, H. M. & Mulvey, K. L. (2021). Should I invite them? Bystanders’ inclusivity judgments towards outgroup victims and ingroup bullies in bias-based bullying in the context of racism. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.


Yavuz, H. M. & Yasin, S. (2021). The role of maternal parenting and child temperamental characteristics in obesity in early childhood years: A review. Turkish Psychological Articles.


Malti, T., Zhang, L., & Yavuz, H. M. (2021). Assessing Social-Emotional Development: Reliability and Validity of The Social-Emotional Responding Task (SERT). Psychological Assessment, 33, 471-479.


Cho, H. S., Cheah, S. L. C., Vu, K. T. T., Selçuk, B., Yavuz, H. M., Şen, H. H., & Park, S. Y. (2021). Culturally shared and unique meanings and expressions of maternal control across four cultures. Developmental Psychology, 284-301.


Malti, T., Galarneau, E., Zhang, L., Myatt, E., & Yavuz, H. M. (2021). Prosocial development in refugee children. Journal of Refugee Studies. Early online publication, January 9, 2021.


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


Woudstra, M., Van Ginkel, J., Branger, M., Emmen, R., Alink, L., Asanjarani, F., Carcamo, R., Hsiao, C., Mels, C., Selcuk, B., Soares, I., Wang, L., Yavuz, M., & Mesman, J. (2020). Dataset on maternal attitudes about child maltreatment in nine countries using a Q-sort methodology, Data in Brief, 30, 105396.


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


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.


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-


Book chapters


Yavuz, H. M., Korucu, I., & Selcuk, B., (2022). Temperament and social development. In P. K. Smith & C. H. Hart (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell handbook of childhood social development, 3rd ed. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


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.


Dr. Melis Yavuz-Müren


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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)






University of Toronto Mississauga