Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

The Development of Empathy in the Early Years

Short Bio

Maayan Davidov completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Toronto. She is a faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (School of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the Early Childhood Studies Program). Her research addresses socialization processes, with a focus on the parent-child relationship, as well as the early development of empathy and prosocial behavior. She has co-authored theoretical and empirical papers on the early development of empathy in infancy; antecedents and motivational mechanisms of prosociality; a domains framework of parental socialization; and cultural context as a moderator of the effects of parenting on children. Dr. Davidov has led a special section in Child Development on the motivational foundations of prosocial behavior, as a guest editor, as well as a special section in Development and Psychopathology on The influential child. She also serves on an expert advisory committee for Israel’s Ministry of Education on the facilitation of social-emotional learning in the school system.