University of Maryland, USA

Two Views: "Prejudice and Biases in Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Perspective"

Short Bio

Melanie Killen, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Professor of Psychology (Affiliate), and the Director of the Program in Human Development at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She was appointed Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the Provost’s office, University of Maryland. Dr. Killen has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for her research on social exclusion, moral reasoning, origins of prejudice and intergroup attitudes, including a recent award to test the effectiveness of a large-scale intervention program designed to reduce prejudice in childhood using a randomized control trial. Dr. Killen is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Dr. Killen’s research areas of expertise include children’s and adolescents’ social cognitive development, morality, experiences and perceptions of social exclusion, prejudice and bias, morality and theory of mind, social inequalities in childhood, origins of fair distribution of resources, and the role of school experiences to reduce prejudice and promote positive social relationships in child development.