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Principal Investigator

Tina Malti

Tina Malti, Ph.D.

Tina Malti is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, where she is cross-appointed in the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health at the Department of Psychiatry.


She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 7: Developmental Psychology) and the Association for Psychological Science and has received numerous awards for her research on social-emotional development, aggression and prosocial behavior, and child and youth mental health.

Tina is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Child Development and serves as the Membership Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development.

The overt aim of Dr. Malti’s program of research is to gain new insight into the origin and development of aggressive behaviour from early childhood through adolescence and how emotional experiences in response to stressful social contexts can prevent or trigger its emergence and distinct pathways. In addition, her long-term scientific goal is to design, implement, and disseminate assessment tools and intervention practices that are tailored to children's developmental capacities to reduce aggression and promote empathy and prosocial orientations. In order to study these topics, she utilizes a variety of research designs, ranging from experimental cross-sectional and large-scale longitudinal approaches to randomized controlled trials and meta-analysis.


Over the past decade, her collaborators and she have been involved in efforts to identify social-emotional processes and biomarkers associated with the origin and development of aggressive behaviour using new methodological advances across different disciplines. Ultimately, her program of research aims to inform mental health intervention practices that are sensitive to the developmentally diverse needs of children and youth.


She has authored and co-authored more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and books. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


In July 2016, she was named recipient of a CIHR Foundation grant (new/early career investigator) to study the psychological and biological mechanisms underlying childhood aggression and to design and test new practices to identify and reduce aggression and promote empathy and prosocial orientations in at-risk children and youth.


University of Toronto Mississauga