MAAYAN DAVIDOV
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.