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In our lab's latest paper, Tina Malti and Sebastian Dys discuss the psychological characteristics and situational features that influence how, when, and why children behave prosocially.
In a new study published in Emotion, we found that other-oriented psychological processes, namely trust and sympathy, translated emotion regulation capacities into overt prosocial behaviors in 4- to 8-year-old children.
New Special Section on Severe Youth Violence (SYV)
Our new special section on SYV, published in the journal Child Development, includes articles intended to explore how to better screen and assess SYV risk, and inform novel practices and policies to prevent SYV.
Our new special issue, published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, examines essential challenges and successes for developing, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based psychological interventions for child and adolescent development and mental health.
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New publication in Child Development: Children with high empathy were more likely to engage in prosocial behaviours from 6 to 12 years of age, and children who felt guilty after not helping were more willing to share valuable resources with peers.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, we found that children's commonly reported emotions in response to transgressions were associated with their observed facial reactions.
PhD Student Joanna Peplak received the prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations, Joanna!
New Research Fellowship
PhD Student Tyler Colasante received a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship for his work on the “Developmental Origins of Social Cohesion”.
New Research Grant
Dr. Malti received a NSERC 2016 Discovery Grant entitled “Affective Processing of Moral Events: A Developmental Approach.”
New publication in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology: The link between spikes in daily anger and aggression is weakened when children feel bad about own wrongdoing
We recently published a review of programs that promote empathy in schools at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. We showed that the majority of programs catered to age differences in children by adjusting their content, but none of the programs considered children with different capacities in the same grade. We suggest that empathy programs should be further tailored to suit the developmental needs of children.
SEDI-Lab research featured in U of T’s Bulletin
Antonio Zuffianò receives faculty position
Antonio Zuffianò, a former postdoc at the SEDI-Lab, recently received a position as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Liverpool Hope University! He will begin the position in January 2016. Congratulations, Antonio!
Tina Malti has been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (Division 7, Developmental Psychology).
SEDI-Lab research featured in U of T’s Boundless campaign.
PhD Student Tyler Colasante received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for his outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations, Tyler!
Lixian Cui receives faculty position
Lixian Cui, a former postdoc at the SEDI-Lab, recently received a position as Assistant Professor at New York University Shanghai! He will begin the position in fall 2015. Congratulations, Lixian!
Tina Malti has been awarded Fellow status by the Association for Psychological Science.
MA Student Joanna Peplak from the SEDI-Lab recently received the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Congratulations, Joanna!
PhD Student Sebastian P. Dys from the SEDI-Lab recently received the prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS), awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Congratulations, Sebastian!
Special Issue on Youth Violence, Child Development
Child Development invites manuscripts for a Special Issue on Extreme Youth Violence: Causes, Early Detection, and Intervention. The Guest Editors of this issue are Tina Malti and Margit Averdijk (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). The aim of this special issue is to enhance knowledge of extreme youth violence by examining its causes, as well as early detection of, and interventions for extreme youth violence.
Undergraduate student Joanna Peplak from the SEDI-Lab has been awarded the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Excellence in recognition of her work in the UTM psychology thesis course over the past year. Congratulations, Joanna!
MA Student Na Young Bae from the SEDI-Lab recently received the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Congratulations, Na Young!
ISSBD Membership Secretary
Tina Malti has been elected as the new Membership Secretary of the International Society for Research in Behavioural Development (ISSBD).
To learn more about ISSBD, visit www.issbd.org
Ella Daniel receives faculty position
Ella Daniel, a former postdoc at the SEDI-Lab, recently received a position as Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Tel-Aviv University. She will begin the position in fall 2014. Congratulations, Ella!
Sophia Ongley and Tina Malti’s new paper (in press) at Developmental Psychology shows that moral emotions such as sympathy and guilt are important predictors of children’s sharing behaviour. This new research also suggests that two compensatory emotional pathways to sharing may exist, one via sympathy and one via negatively valenced moral emotions such as guilt.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
The Special Issue, titled "Prevention and Intervention for Children and Adolescents: From Adoption to Adaptation – From Programs to Systems" of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology will be guest-edited by Tina Malti, Gil Noam, Andreas Beelmann, and Simon Sommer. The preparatory work for this issue was done by workshop participants as part of the Marbach conference series on “Good Enough: When is Evidence-based Intervention Ready for Dissemination.”
Child Development Associate Editor Board
Tina Malti has been invited to join the Board of Associate Editors of Child Development, which is the flagship journal of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).
Tina Malti has organized an international expert conference series entitled “Good Enough: When is Evidence-Based Intervention Ready for Dissemination?”. The main aim of the series was to examine essential challenges and successes for disseminating evidence-based intervention practice with children and adolescents. The conference series was held in May and August 2013 at Marbach Castle in Germany and was funded by the Jacobs Foundation.
→ Click here to read more about the conference series.
In June 2013, Sebastian Dys and Tyler Colasante presented findings from their Master's Theses at the 43rd Annual Jean Piaget Society Conference in Chicago.
SRCD Committee on Policy and Communications
Tina Malti has been appointed to a five-year term as a member of the Policy and Communications Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).
Based on a meta-analytic review of 42 studies covering more than 8,000 participants, Tina Malti and Tobias Krettenauer’s new paper (2013) at Child Development shows how moral emotion attributions relate to prosocial behavior and antisocial behavior from early childhood to adolescence.
Joanna Peplak has been awarded the University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA-SSH). Congratulations Joanna!
Malti, T. (Ed.) (2012).
Adolescent emotions: Development, morality, and adaptation.
New Directions for Youth Development, No. 136.
Tina Malti has received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The 5-year award will give her and her research team the opportunity to develop a new line of research on the role of moral and amoral emotions in the development of childhood externalizing psychopathology.
New research, conducted by Tina Malti, Michaela Gummerum, Monika Keller, Maria Chaparro, and Marlis Buchmann, suggests that children's early sympathy and social acceptance predicts the development of their sharing behaviour.
Tina Malti has been named recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. The 5-year award will allow her to implement an innovative developmental intervention for children at-risk for aggression and antisocial conduct.
Tina Malti, Melanie Killen, and Luciano Gasser’s new paper (2012) at Child Development shows how minority and majority adolescents think and feel about peer exclusion in settings in which someone is excluded because of their nationality or gender.
Sophia Ongley will be presenting research findings from her master’s thesis at the Jean Piaget Society Conference in Toronto, May 2012. She will present a paper examining the role of positively and negatively valenced moral emotions (i.e., pride and guilt) and sympathy in children’s sharing behaviour.
Read more about findings from the conference at Cambridge University, organised by Manuel P. Eisner and Tina Malti:
Special issue on children’s moral emotions and moral cognition, edited by Brigitte Latzko and Tina Malti.
Latzko, B., & Malti, T.
Children’s moral emotions and moral cognition – Developmental and educational perspectives.
New Directions for Child and
Adolescent Development, No. 129.