Joanna Peplak

Assistant Professor

Areas of interest


Research Interests

Moral emotions, immoral emotions, inclusion, prosocial behaviour, aggression, cross-cultural moral development, parent-child conversations.

Selected Publications

Peplak, J., Bobba, B., Hasegawa, M., Caravita, S. C. S., & Malti, T. (2023, in press). The warm glow of kindness: Developmental insight into children’s moral pride across cultures and its associations with prosocial behavior. Developmental Psychology.

Peplak, J., Klemfuss, J.Z., & Yates, T.M. (2023, in press). Promoting adolescents’ social responsibility through parent-adolescent conversations about the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health

Acland, E. L., Peplak, J., Suri, A., & Malti, T. (2023). Emotion recognition links to reactive and proactive aggression across childhood: A multi-study design. Development and Psychopathology, 1-12.

Peplak, J., Jambon, M., Bottoni, A., & Malti, T. (2023). Parent-child conversations about refugee newcomers are associated with children’s refugee-specific prosociality. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 47(3), 221–232.

Peplak, J., Klemfuss, J. Z., & Yates, T., M. (2021). Parent-adolescent conversations about COVID-19 influence adolescents’ empathic concern and adherence to health protective behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health69(6), 925-932.

Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2021). Toward generalized concern: The development of compassion and links to kind orientations. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-29.

Peplak, J., Ali, S. Y., & Malti, T. (2020). Adolescents’ narratives of schadenfreude. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30(3), 574-580.

Malti, T., Peplak, J., & Zhang, L. (2020). The development of respect in childhood and adolescence. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development85(3), 7-99.

Jambon, M., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2019). Anger, sympathy, and children’s reactive and proactive aggression: Testing a differential correlate hypothesis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology47(6), 1013–1024.

Dys, S. P., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2019). Children’s sympathy and sensitivity to excluding economically disadvantaged peers. Developmental Psychology55(3), 482–487.

Peplak, J., Song, J-H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017) “Only you can play with me!” Children’s inclusive decision-making, reasoning, and emotions based on peers’ gender and behavior problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology162, 134-148.


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