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Human Development

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    Kali Trzesniewski

    Associate Director of Research for the Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program and Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension
    At UCD since:
    Interests: Social-Emotional, Family, School, Health & Mental Health, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
    Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood

  • Research Interests
    I am a social-developmental psychologist interested in understanding how personality and social factors influence a personís developmental course from conception to death. I am interested in understanding how to raise children to grow up to be healthy, productive members of society; including, finding supportive relationships and having a family, supporting themselves and their family, and not bringing harm to others. As such, I am interested in the developmental origins, developmental course, and interrelations among self-esteem, achievement, and antisocial behavior.

    Selected Publications

    Yeager, D.S., Trzesniewski, K. H., & Dweck, C.S. (in press). An implicit theories of personality intervention reduces adolescent aggression in response to victimization and exclusion. Child Development.

    Halperin, E., Russell, G. A., Trzesniewski, K. H., Gross, J. J., & Dweck, S. C. (2011). Promoting the peace process by changing beliefs about group malleability. Science, 333, 1767-1769.

    Trzesniewski, K. H., Donnellan, M. B., & Lucas, R. E. (Eds.) (2010). Secondary data analysis: A guide for psychologists. Washington, DC: APA.

    Orth, U., Trzesniewski, K. H., & Robins, R. W. (2010). Self-esteem development from young adulthood to old age: A cohort-sequential longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 645-658.

    Trzesniewski, K. H., & Donnellan, M. B. (2010). Rethinking “Generation Me”: A Study of cohort effects from 1976-2006. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 5, 58-75. (Target Article)

    Trzesniewski, K. H., Donnellan, M. B., & Robins, R. W. (2008). Do today's young people really think they are so extraordinary? An examination of secular changes in narcissism and self-enhancement. Psychological Science, 19, 181-188.

    Blackwell, L. A., Trzesniewski, K. H., & Dweck, C. S. (2007). Theories of intelligence and achievement across the junior high school transition: A longitudinal study and an intervention. Child Development, 78, 246-263.

    Trzesniewski, K. H., Donnellan, M. B., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Robins, R. W., & Poultin, R. (2006). Adolescent low self-esteem is a risk factor for adult poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects. Developmental Psychology, 42, 381-390.

    Trzesniewski, K. H., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Taylor, A., & Maughan, B. (2006). Revisiting the association between reading ability and antisocial behavior: New evidence from a longitudinal behavior genetics study. Child Development, 77, 72-88.