Welcome to the Social and Moral Development Laboratory

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory is housed in the Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park. The laboratory is supervised by Professor Melanie Killen (mkillen@umd.edu), and the focus of the research is on how children, adolescents, and adults evaluate social and moral issues in everyday life.

The general topics that we investigate include developmental social cognition, moral reasoning, intergroup attitudes and relationships, explicit judgments and implicit biases, morality and theory of mind, stereotyping, and peer relationships. The projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIH).

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students collaborate on a range of projects. Current projects include international collaborations with colleagues in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. Please visit other links on this web page for more detailed information!

Lab Announcements

Congrats to Amanda Burkholder, doctoral student, who received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Ph.D., 2013, has been invited by the Program Officer at the National Science Foundation to serve on the College of Reviewers panel!

Michael Rizzo's paper, Early Emerging Conceptions of Equity and Merit: The Influence of Resource Type, received an honorable mention for the William James Prize for the 2015 meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Congrats, Michael!

We are pleased to announce two new incoming doctoral students who will join our research laboratory!: Amanda Burkholder (B.A., University of Minnesota) and Alexander D'Esterre (B.S., Rutgers University)

Congrats to two of our undergraduate research assistants who are off to graduate school next fall!: Sharon Chan will attend University of Pittsburgh for graduate school (fall, 2015) and Miranda Rosenberg will attend Yeshiva University for graduate school (fall, 2015)

Congrats to our former undergraduate research assistant who will re-join us this summer!: Sarah Meirama received a University of Maryland Summer Scholars award to work in the Social and Moral Development Lab (summer, 2015)

If you are a University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate student interested in joining our lab as a Research Assistant, please fill out the application and email it to moraldevelopment@umd.edu with a copy of your unofficial transcript and your resume.

Lab conference papers this year were presented at the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, British Psychological Society – Developmental Section, Jean Piaget Society, and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.



Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology |Phone: 301.405.3176 | contact
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, 3304 Benjamin Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742-1131, USA