Christine Merrilees, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Bailey 136

Research Interests

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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.


  • 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 390: SelTop:Multivariate Statistics

    An in-depth study of a selected topic in psychology, chosen to allow an integrated consideration of the topic from the points of view of various approaches to psychological inquiry. Examples may include: The Nature-Nurture Question; Approaches to Understanding Aggression; Great Ideas in Psychology; or other topics. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirements, and at least one 300-level course, and permission of department. Some topics may require additional prerequisites, which will be listed when such topics are offered. May be taken more than once with different subtitles. Offered most semesters

  • 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.