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Christine Merrilees

Associate Professor of Psychology
Bailey 136
585-245-5471
merrilees@geneseo.edu

Research Interests

  • developmental intergroup processes
  • effects of political violence on youth development
  • intergroup bystander behaviors
  • peace psychology
  • longitudinal methods
Portrait of Christine "Tina" Merrilees

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2009

  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2007

  • B.S., Human Development, Cornell University, 2002

Recent Courses Taught

  • Child Development

  • Advanced Research Methods: Peace Psychology

  • Applied Multivariate Statistics

  • Youth and Armed Conflict

Selected Publications

  • Merrilees, C. E., Lee, Y. (in press). The role of emotional security, narrative, and resilience for youth and families in contexts of armed conflict. Family Court Review.

  • Merrilees, C. E., Katz, J., DuBois, N., & Grant, C. (2018). White female bystanders' to a Black woman at risk for sexual assault: Positive effects of intergroup contact. Violence and VIctims, 33 (4), 739-754.

  • Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Baird, C., Goeke-Morey, M. C. Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (2018). Neighborhood effects of intergroup contact on change in youth intergroup bias. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(1) 77-87.

  • Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Goeke-Morey, M. C. Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (2014). The protective role of group identity. Sectarian antisocial behavior and behavior problems. Child Development, 85(2), 412-420.

  • Merrilees, C. E., Cairns, E., Taylor, L. K., Goeke‐Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (2013). Social identity and youth aggressive and delinquent behaviors in a context of political violence. Political Psychology, 34(5), 695-711.

Classes

  • PSYC 215: S/Child Development

    An overview of the nature and course of human development from conception through childhood. Topics include physical, perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and personality development. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or INTD 203. (INTD 203 may be taken as a corequisite.) Offered every semester

  • PSYC 321: Devel Psyc:Family Psychology

    An advanced course examining particular developmental domains or issues, with an emphasis on evaluation of contemporary research. Typical offerings include topics in cognitive development, social development, and applied developmental psychology. May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles. Prerequisites: PSYC 215, PSYC 216, or PSYC 217, depending on subtitle. Offered every semester

  • PSYC 452: AdvResPsych:Peace Psychology

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issue, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirements and at least three 300-level Psychology courses. Selected topics may have additional prerequisites. Offered every semester.