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About Us

Positive Social Development (PSD) Lab focuses on understanding positive social development during childhood and adolescence. We are particularly interested in prosocial behavior and moral development with individual, parental, cultural, and contextual correlates in culturally diverse children and adolescents.

Areas of Interest:

  • Positive social development during childhood and adolescence
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Moral development
  • Parenting
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Culture


Lab Members

Zehra Gulseven


  Graduate Students:
Bengisu Nisa Aras
Kennedy Kreidell
   Undergraduate Research Assistants:
  • Brianna Leon


  • Jaya Powell


  • Xi Zeng
Xi Zeng


  • Basem Huneidi
Basem Huneidi

Select Publications and Presentations

  • Xiao, S. X., Gülseven, Z., Clancy, E. T., Liew, J., Carlo, G., Kim, S., & Jiang, S. (2024). Measuring early adolescents’ prosocial behavior toward diverse others: Considering multiple social identities. Journal of Adolescence. Online publication. http://doi.org/10.1002/jad.12305
  • Gülseven, Z., Pierotti, S.L., Killoren, S.E., Alfaro, E.C., & Carlo, G. (2024). The role of maternal warmth in understanding the relations between cultural orientations and prosocial behaviors in U.S. Mexican college students. Journal of Latinx Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/lat0000253
  • Gülseven, Z., Puente, K., Tulagan, N., Zarrett, N., Simpkins, S. D., & Vandell, D. L. (2023 - In Press). Children’s self-control as an antecedent of adolescent prosociality and adult civic engagement. Applied Developmental Science, doi: 10.1080/10888691.2022.2158827
  • Vandell, D.L. & Gülseven, Z. (2023). The Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD): Studying development from infancy to adulthood. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, 5(1), 331-354. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-devpsych-120621-035345
  • Gülseven, Z., Yu, M., Zarrett, N., Vandell, D. L., & Simpkins, S.D. (2023). Self-control and cooperation in childhood as antecedents of less moral disengagement in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579421000584
  • Maiya, S., Gülseven, Z., Killoren, S. E., Carlo, G., & Streit, C. (2023). The intervening role of anxiety symptoms in associations between self-regulation and prosocial behaviors in U.S. Latino/a college students. Journal of American College Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1899187
  • Carrizales, A., Gülseven, Z., & Lannegrand, L. (2023). The mediating role of empathy in the links between relationships with three socialization agents and adolescents’ prosocial behaviors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221099652
  • Gülseven, Z., Maiya, S., & Carlo, G. (2022). The intervening roles of shame and guilt in relations between parenting and prosocial behavior in college students. Journal of Genetic Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221325.2022.2098004
  • Padilla-Walker, L., Van der Graaff, J., Workman, K., Carlo, G., Branje, S., Carrizales, A., Gerbino, M., Gülseven, Z., Hawk, S., Luengo Kanacri, P., Mesurado, B., Samper, P., Shen, Y., Taylor, L., Trach, J., Van Zalk, M., Zukauskiene, R. (2022). Emerging adults’ cultural values, prosocial behaviors, and mental health in fourteen countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 46(4), 286-296. https://doi.org/10.1177/01650254221084098
  • Gülseven, Z., Carlo, G., Kumru, A., Sayıl, M., & Selçuk, B. (2022). The protective role of early prosocial behaviors against young Turkish children’s later internalizing and externalizing problems. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 19(3), 400-418. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2021.1920917
  • Gülseven, Z. & Carlo, G. (2021). Parenting and prosocial behaviors in Nicaraguan adolescents: The roles of moral reasoning and familism. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(9), 2545-2565. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211009298
  • Gülseven, Z., Liu, Y., Ma, T., Yu, M., Simpkins, S.D., Vandell, D. L., & Zarrett, N. (2021). The development of cooperation and self-control in middle childhood: Associations with earlier maternal and paternal parenting. Developmental Psychology, 57(3), 397-409. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001151
  • Gülseven, Z., Kumru, A., Carlo, G., & de Guzman, M. R. (2020). The roles of perspective taking, empathic concern, and prosocial moral reasoning in the self-reported prosocial behaviors of Filipino and Turkish young adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51(10), 814-830. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022120968265
  • Maiya, S., Carlo, G., Gülseven, Z., & Crockett, L. (2020). Direct and indirect effects of parental involvement, deviant peer affiliation, and school connectedness on prosocial behaviors in U.S. Latino/a youth. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(10-11), 2898-2917. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520941611
  • Davis, A. N., Carlo, G., Gülseven, Z., Palermo, F., Lin, C.H., Nagel, S. C., Vu, D. C., Vo, P. H., Ho, T. L., & McElroy, J. A. (2019). Exposure to environmental toxicants and young children’s cognitive and social development. Reviews on Environmental Health (REVEH), 34(1), 35-56. https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2018-0045
  • Gülseven, Z., Kumru, A., Carlo, G., Palermo, F., Selçuk, B., Sayıl, M. (2018). The mediational roles of harsh and responsive parenting in the longitudinal relations between socioeconomic status and Turkish children’s emotional development. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 42(6), 563-573. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025418783279
  • Gülseven, Z., Carlo, G., Streit, C., Kumru, A., Selçuk, B., Sayıl, M., (2018). Longitudinal relations among parenting daily hassles, child rearing, and prosocial and aggressive behaviors in Turkish children. Social Development, 27(1), 45-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12247