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Gilda Morelli

associate professor
counseling, developmental and educational psychology department

Dr. Eric Dearing


Campion Hall
Room 240


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University Massachusetts at Amherst


The sociocultural and ecological aspects of infants' and young children's development, with interest in the close relationships children develop with the people who care for them.  The relation between caregivers' perception of material and psychological scarcity and tradeoffs they make that impact child and family experinece and functioning.  Public policy, livelihood, and child well-being.



Editorial Board, Wheelock International Journal of Children, Families, and Social Change

Assistant Secretary's Excelllence award, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

Executive Branch Policy Fellowship in Child Development

National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Traineeship



Democratic Republic of Congo




Morelli, G.A. (2015). The evolution of attachment theory and and cultures of human attachment in infancy and childhood.  In L.A. Jensen (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Perspective (149-164). New York: Oxford University Press.

Morelli, G.A., Ivey Henry, P., Foerster, S. (2014).  Relationships and resource uncertainty:  Cooperative development of Efe hunter-gatherer infants and toddlers.  In D. Navarez, A. Fuentes, K. Valentino and P. Grey (Eds.) Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution:  Culture, Childrearing and Social Wel Being (69-103). NY:  Oxford University Press.

Foerster, S., Wilkie, D., Morelli, G.A., Demmer, J., Starkey, M., Telfer, P., Steil, M. (2011). Human livelihoods and protected areas in Gabon:  A cross-sectional comparison of welfare and consumption practices. Oryx, 45 (3), 347-356.

Morelli, G.A., Henry, Paula, I., O'Hanley, T. (2009).  Mother-child relationships:  Historical and cultural perspective.  In R. Richard A. Shweder, Thomas R. Bidell, Anne C. Dailey, Suzanne D. Dixon, Peggy J. Miller, and John modell (Eds.) The Child:  An Encyclopedic Companion (638-640). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Morelli, G.A. Rothbaum, F. (2007). Situating the Child in Context:  Attachment Relationships and Self-Regulation in Different Cultures.  In S. Kitayama, D. Cohen (Eds.) Handbook of Cultural Psychology (500-527). New York, NY:  Guildford Press.

Morelli, G.A., Rogoff, B., Angelillo, C. (2003). Cultural variation in children's access to work or involvement in specialized child-focused activities.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 27(3), pp. 264-274.
Reprinted: 2011 in Early Childhood Education, I. Sirah-Blatchford and A. Mayo (Eds.), Sage, London.
Reprinted: 2009 in Cross-cultural Psychology, P.B. Smith and D. L. Best (Eds.), Sage, London.

Rothbaum, F., Weisz, J., Pott, M., Miyake, K., Morelli, G. (2000).  Attachment and culture:  Security in the United States and Japan.  American Psychologist, 55(10), 1093-1104.


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