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Deborah Laible, Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University

Debbie Laible


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Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2000

M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 1997

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Brandeis University, May 1995

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Dr. Laible received her doctorate and master's degree in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Brandeis University. Deborah Laible is full professor in the psychology department at Lehigh University and her work focuses on the socialization of children’s development of prosocial and compassionate behavior. Dr. Laible has published her research in the top developmental psychology journals, including Child Development and Developmental Psychology.  In addition, Dr. Laible has received grants from the Timberlawn Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Templeton Foundation.  

Laible, D., Carlo, G., & Padilla-Walker, L.  (2019).  Handbook of moral development and parenting. Oxford Library of Psychology Series.  Oxford press.

Davis, A., Garlo, G., Laible, D., Lapsley, D. (in press).  Handbook on the Developmental Science of Social Justice.   Chelenham, UK:  Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Wang, W., Spinrad, T., Laible, D., Janssen, J., Xiao, S., Xu, J., Berger, R., Eisenberg, N., Carlo, G., Gal-Szabo, D., & Fraser, A. (2023).  Parents’ color-blind racial ideology and implicit racial attitudes predict children’s race-based sympathy. Journal of Family Psychology, 4, 475-486.

Spinrad, T., Eisenberg, N., Xiao, S., Xu J., Berger, R., Pierotti, S., Laible, D., Carlo, G., Gal‐Szabo, D., Janssen, J., Fraser, A. (2023). White children's empathy‐related responding and prosocial behavior toward White and Black children. Child Development, 94, 93-109. 

Xu, X., Spinrad, T.,  Xiao, S., Eisenberg, N., Laible, D., Berger, R., & Carlo, G. (2023).  Parenting and White children’s prosocial behaviors toward same race and other-race peers.  The moderating role of targeted moral emotions.  Family Relations, Advanced Online Publication, 1-20. doi:  10.1111/fare.12873 

Xu, X., Spinrad, T., Xinyue, X. Jingyi, X., Eisenberg, N., Laible, D., Berger, R., Carlo, G. (2023).  White Children’s Prosocial Behavior toward White versus Black peers: The Role of Children’s Effortful Control and Parents’ Implicit Racial Attitudes.  Child Development, 94, 1581-1594.  .  

Xiao, S., Spinrad, T., Xu, J., Eisenberg, N., Laible, D., Carlo, G., Gal-Szabo, D., Berger, R., & Xu, X. (2022). Parents' valuing diversity and White children's prosociality toward White and Black peers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 83, 101459.

Laible, D., Karahuta, E., Stout, W., Van Norden, C., Cruz, A., Neely, P., Carlo, G. & Agalar, A. E. (2021). Toddlers’ helping, sharing, and empathic distress: Does the race of the target matter?. Developmental psychology57(9), 1452-1462.

Stout, W., Karahuta, E., Laible, D., & Brandone, A. C. (2021). A longitudinal study of the differential social‐cognitive foundations of early prosocial behaviors. Infancy26(2), 271-290.

Leyva, D., Reese, E., Laible, D., Schaughency, E., Das, S. & Clifford, A. (2020).  Measuring parents’ elaborative reminiscing: Differential links of parents’ elaboration to children’s autobiographical memory and socioemotional skills, Journal of Cognition and Development, 23, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2019.1668395 

Wang, W., Spinrad, T., Gal-Szabo, D., Laible, D., Xiao, S., Xu, J., Berger, R., Eisenberg, N., & Carlo, G. (2020).  The relations of White parents’ implicit racial attitudes to their children’s differential empathic concern toward White & Black victims.  Journal of Child Experimental Child Psychology, 199, 1-10. 

Leyva, D., Reese, E., Laible, D., Schaughency, E., Das, S. & Clifford, A. (2020).  Measuring parents’ elaborative reminiscing: Differential links of parents’ elaboration to children’s autobiographical memory and socioemotional skills, Journal of Cognition and Development, 23, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2019.1668395 

Laible, D., Davis, A., Karahuta, E., & Van Norden, C. (2020).  Does corporal punishment erode the quality of the mother-child interaction in early childhood?  Social Development, 29, 674-688.

Laible, D., Conover, O., Lewis, M., Karahuta, E., Van Norden, C., Stout, W., Carlo, G., & Cruz, A. (2019).  The quality of mother-adolescent disclosure:  Links with maternal moral identity, parenting, and adolescent sociomoral outcomes.  Social Development, 28, 782-801.  

Laible, D., Kumru, A., Carlo, G., Streit, C., Yagmurlu, B. & Sayil, M. (2017).  The longitudinal associations between temperament, parenting, and Turkish children’s prosocial behavior. Child Development, 88, 1057-1062. 

Murphy, T., Laible, D., & Augustine, M. (2017).  The influences of parent and peer attachment on bullying.  The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 1388-1397.  

Laible, D., Carlo, G., Davis, A., & Karahuta, E. (2016).  Maternal sensitivity and effortful control in early childhood as predictors of adolescents’ adjustment: The mediating roles of peer group affiliation and social behaviors in middle childhood.  Developmental Psychology, 52, 922-932.   

Murphy, T., Laible, D., Augustine, M. & Robeson, L. (2015).  Attachment’s links with adolescents’ social emotions:  The roles of negative emotionality and emotion regulation, Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 315-329.

Laible, D., Carlo, G., Murphy, T., Augustine, M., & Roesch, S. (2014).  Predicting children’s prosocial and cooperative behavior from children’s temperamental profiles. Social Development, 23, 734-752.

Laible, D., Murphy, T., & Augustine, M.  (2014). Adolescent’s aggressive and prosocial behavior:  Links with social information processing, negative emotionality, moral affect, and moral cognition, Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 270-286.

Laible, D., McGinley, M., Carlo, G., Augustine, M., & Murphy, T. (2014).  Does engaging in prosocial behavior make you see the world through rose colored glasses?  The links between social information processing and prosocial behavior, Developmental Psychology, 50, 872-880.

Newton, E. Laible, D., Carlo, G. Steele, J. & McGinley, M. (2014). Do sensitive parents foster kind children, or vice versa? Bidirectional influences between children’s prosocial behavior and parental sensitivity , Developmental Psychology, 50, 1808-1816.  doi:  10.1037/a0036495

Laible, D., Agalar, A., Westfall, M., Cortright, C., Pieruch, A.  (in press).  Constructing moral beliefs about self and others in the context of morally laden parent-child discourse.  In D. Vanello (Ed).  Autobiographical Memory and Moral Agency: interdisciplinary perspectives.  Routledge.  

Laible, D., Cortright, C., Agalar, A., & Westfall, M. (in press).  Narrative tasks and children’s social scripts: Links with children’s sociomoral understanding. In K. Kelly (Ed).  Narrative Story Completion Methodologies: Research Approaches across the Lifespan.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Laible, D., Agalar, A., Van Norden, C., & Cruz, A.  (2023).  Temperament and Prosocial Behavior (pp. 300-320).  In T. Malti & M. Daavidov (Eds). The Handbook of Prosociality.  New York, NY:  Cambridge University Press. 

Laible, D., Karahuta, E., Van Norden, C., Interra, V., & Stout, W. (2019).  The socialization of children’s moral understanding in the context of everyday discourse.  In D. Laible, G. Carlo, & L. Padilla-Walker (Eds). Handbook of moral development and parenting (pp. Oxford Library of Psychology Series. Oxford UK: Oxford press.

Laible, D., Karahuta, E., Stout, W., Van Norden, C. (2018).  Socialization in the context of close relationships.  In C. Byrne, J. Williams, S. Gayathri, & K. Manish (Eds).  Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology.   


Child Development; Emotional Development; The Development of Good and Evil; Research Methods and Data Analysis I