Gilda Morelli has devoted much of her career to exploring the intricate factors that shape the development of infants and young children around the world. Her expertise includes the ecological and cultural basis of children's attachment relationships. In the classroom, she and her students navigate the social issues and policies related to development.
Her interest in pivotal childhood relationships began while researching children in Efe families—hunter gatherers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently investigating how children navigate relationships to obtain scarce resources. And she recently participated in international collaborative work critiquing attachment theory and reliance on its research to inform parenting intervention programs worldwide.
Morelli joined Boston College in 1989 and has held several academic and administrative positions. She has also published numerous papers and manuscripts. Her projects have been awarded grants by such prestigious funders as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.