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

Professor Melanie Killen is accepting new graduate students for the Fall of 2015. If you are interested then please send your resume, research experience (not required but preferred), and coursework with a statement of your interests to Professor Killen at: mkillen@umd.edu.

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.

For recent publications, click on Research.



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University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742-1131, USA