Melanie Killen, Ph.D. (1985, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Professor of Psychology (Affiliate), and the Associate Director for the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. She is the Director of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Training Program in Social Development. She is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Study of Psychological Issues. She received a Cattell Sabbatical Award from the James McKeen Cattell Foundation at Duke University, and was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale University.
Dr. Killen is author of “Children and Social Exclusion: Morality, Prejudice, and Group Identity” (2011) with Adam Rutland, and has co–edited 6 books, including “Social Development in Childhood through Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader” (2011) with Robert Coplan, Handbook on Moral Development (2006; 2014), with Judith Smetana, and Intergroup Attitudes and Relations in Childhood Through Adulthood (2008) with Sheri Levy. Dr. Killen is a founding member and former Chair of the Equity and Justice Committee of the Governing Council for the Society for Research in Child Development. She is currently a member of the College Board of Reviewers for the National Science Foundation's Developmental and Learning Sciences branch. She was Associate Editor of Child Development (2007-2013) and served on the Society for Research in Child Development Governing Council.
Melanie Killen's research interests are children's and adolescents' social and moral reasoning, social exclusion, intergroup relationships and attitudes, theory of group mind, prejudice in childhood, and how diversity in social experiences is related to reasoning about exclusion and intergroup bias. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Children and Social Exclusion: Morality, Prejudice, and Group Identity (2011)