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Holly Recchia, PhD

Assistant Professor, Education

Holly Recchia, PhD
Office: S-FG 6133 
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2017

Dr. Recchia's research focuses on how children's social and moral development occur in the context of their close relationships with parents, siblings, and friends. She is especially interested in how children make sense of and resolve conflicts with others. She is currently accepting graduate students in the MA in Child Studies and PhD in Education programs.


2009 – 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

2005 – 2009
PhD in Psychology, Centre for Research in Human Development, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

2003 – 2005
MA in Psychology, Centre for Research in Human Development Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

1998 – 2003
Honours BA in Psychology and Applied Studies University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Research interests

How do children make sense of conflict in different relationships, and how do these experiences change with age?

How are unique features of children’s close relationships with siblings and friends related to how children understand and resolve conflict with each partner?

How do children of different ages describe their experiences of forgiveness and nonforgiveness when they are victimized by others?

How is children’s sociomoral development related to their experiences with violence and injustice?

How is exposure to violence related to children’s accounts of their conflict experiences?

How do experiences of war and political conflict affect children’s sociomoral development?

How can socialization agents such as parents and educators help to further the development of children’s sociomoral understandings?

How do conversations with mothers about experiences of conflict serve as contexts for moral development?

What is the role of educators in supporting children’s ethical development?

Selected publications

Recchia, H. E., & Wainryb, C. (in press). Mother-child conversations about hurting others: Supporting the construction of moral agency through childhood and adolescence. In C. Wainryb & H. E. Recchia (Eds.), Talking about right and wrong: Parent-child conversations as contexts for moral development. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Recchia, H. E., Wainryb, C., Bourne, S., & Pasupathi, M. (in press). The construction of moral agency in mother-child conversations about helping and hurting across childhood and adolescence. Developmental Psychology.

Recchia, H. E., Wainryb, C., & Pasupathi, M. (2013). "Two for flinching": Children's and adolescents' narrative accounts of harming their friends and siblings. Child Development, 84, 1459-1474.

Wainryb, C., & Recchia. H. E. (2012). Emotion and the moral lives of adolescents: Vagaries and complexities in the emotional experience of doing harm. New Directions in Youth Development, 136, 13-26.

Wainryb, C., & Recchia, H. E. (in press). Youths' constructions of meanings about experiences with political conflict: Implications for processes of identity development. In K. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Identity Development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wainryb, C., & Recchia, H. E. (2013). Moral lives within cultures: Heterogeneity and conflict. In M. Killen & J. G. Smetana (Eds.),
Handbook of Moral Development, 2nd edition (pp. 259-278). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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