Meredith McGinley, PhD

Meredith McGinley


  • Prosocial Behavior
  • Parenting
  • Culture
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Social and Emotional Development
I received my B.A. in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) in 2002, and completed my M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My dissertation focused on examining the joint effects of temperament and sensitive parenting on prosocial (i.e., helping) behaviors across childhood. I have published articles examining the social, cultural, and individual influences on empathy and prosocial behaviors in children, adolescents, and emerging adults, as well as the role of victimization and stress on anxiety, depression, and drinking behaviors across the lifespan. Additionally, I have published papers examining the psychometric properties of instruments used to assess these factors, and serve as a statistical consultant on multiple longitudinal NIH grants examining the well-being of children, adolescents, and working adults. Before accepting a position at UW-Parkside, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, a Visiting Senior Research Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chatham University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Central College.

Teaching Interests

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development
Lifespan Development
Introductory and Advanced Statistics
Research Methods
Introduction to Psychology
Moral Development
Cultural Psychology

Research Interests

*Social and emotional predictors of prosocial behaviors in children, adolescents and emerging adults

*Understanding the individual consequences of engaging in prosocial behavior

*Investigating measurement equivalence of survey instruments

*Culturally sensitive models of psychological and behavioral adjustment

The influences of stress and victimization on adjustment across contexts

Using advanced statistical modeling to understand mediation, moderation and clusters across development (Path Modeling, Growth Mixture Modeling)

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

: A Common Intellectual Experience: Writing an IFSP across Two Universities,

: Relations between College Students’ Accessible Autobiographical Memories of their Primary Caregivers and their Current Secure Attachment,

: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Current Emerging Adulthood Adjustment: Examining the Indirect Effects of Insecure Attachment,

: Creation and Validation of a Taiwanese (Han and Indigenous) Version of Positive Youth Development Scale - Very Short Form (PYD-VSF),

: Workplace Harassment, Stress Sensitization and Alcohol Use: Does chronic exposure to workplace harassment increase sensitivity to other stressors in Whites and non-Whites?,

: Helicopter Parenting, Secure Attachment, and Prosocial Behaviors: Exploring the Mediating Role of Emerging Adults’ Self-Regulation and Sympathy,

2023: Maternal narcissism and helicopter parenting of emerging adults: Mediation through parent separation anxiety and parenting contingent self-worth., Journal of Adult Development

2023: The Enhancing and Buffering Role of Ethnic Socialization on the Links Between Discrimination and Prosocial Behaviors among U.S. Latino/a Young Adults, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences

2023: Effects of chronic workplace harassment on mental health and alcohol misuse: A long-term follow-up., BMC Public Health

: Associations of Work-Related Injuries and Stress to Family and Youth Wellbeing among U.S. Latino/a Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

: Positive Youth Development in Indigenous Tayal adolescents : A Cultural and Structural Perspective (Revise and Resubmit has been submitted),

: Understanding the Link Between Anxious Parental Overprotection and Academic Confidence in Emerging Adults: Mediation through Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Processes, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

2021: Helicopter Parenting and Drinking Outcomes among College Students: The Moderating Role of Family Income, Journal of Adult Development

2021: The Relations of Workplace Safety, Perceived Occupational Stress, and Adjustment among Latino/a Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers in the United States, Safety Science

2021: Examining Discrimination and Familism Values as Longitudinal Predictors of Prosocial Behaviors Among Recent Immigrant Adolescents, International Journal of Behavioral Development

2021: A Parallel Process Model of Integration and Multidimensional Prosocial Behaviors in Recent Immigrant U.S. Latinx Adolescents, Psychological Reports

2021: Commonalities and Specificities of Positive Youth Development in the U.S. and Taiwan, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

2021: Physical and Mental Fatigue and the Need for Recovery among Latino/a Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers, Journal of Agromedicine

2021: Latent Profiles of Multidimensional Prosocial Behaviors: An Examination of Prosocial Personality Groups, Journal of Social Psychology

2020: Parent and/or Peer Attachment? Predicting Emerging Adults' Prosocial Behaviors and Internalizing Symptomatology, Journal of Child and Family Studies (1833–1844 pp.)

2019: Friendship Network Influence on the Development of Internalizing Symptoms during Adolescence, The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

2018: Can Hovering Hinder Helping? Examining the Joint Effects of Helicopter Parenting and Attachment on Prosocial Behaviors and Empathy in Emerging Adults, The Journal of Genetic Psychology

2016: A systemic, multiple socialization approach to the study of prosocial development. , Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Research/Creative Awards

2022: Early Career Award for Excellence in Research & Creative Activity, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Professional Service

: Editorial Review Board Member - Journal of Genetic Psychology
: Editorial Review Board Member - Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
: Editorial Review Board Member - Journal of Youth and Adolescence
2023: Editor, Associate Editor - Psychological Reports
PSYC 101 - Intro to Psychological Science
PSYC 210 - Intro to Human Development
PSYC 241 - Psychology of Aging
PSYC 250 - Psychological Statistics
PSYC 334 - Infant Development
PSYC 337 - Child Development
PSYC 494 - Psychology Internship
PSYC 499 - Independent Study:
UWP 101 - First Yr Sem: Natural/Hlth Sci
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