Tia Murphy

Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Tia Murphy is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on how children’s attachment to their caregivers affects many aspects of their emotional and social lives.

  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2011
  • M.S., Lehigh University, 2008
  • B.A., Widener University, 2005

Areas of interest:

  • Attachment
  • Jealousy, empathy, guilt, forgiveness
  • Cognitive biases of relationships
  • “Helicopter” parenting
  • Mother-child conflict

Publications (Italics* denotes a student co-author):

Murphy, T., Jehl, B.,* Hamel, K.,* McCurdy, K.,* & Halt, A.* (2017). The influences of attachment and gender on children’s recall of storybook events. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 63, 543-560.

Murphy, T., Laible., D., & Augustine, M. (2017). Parent versus peer attachment in predicting roles during bullying, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 1388-1397. doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0663-2

Raiffe, D.,* & Murphy, T. P. (2016). The role of attachment on adult attitudes toward interacting with children. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 21, 162-169.

Murphy, T. P., Laible, D., Augustine, M., & Robeson, L.* (2015). Attachment’s links with adolescents’ social emotions: The roles of negative emotionality and emotion regulation. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 315-329. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2015.1072082

Laible, D., Carlo, G., Murphy, T., Augustine, M., & Roesch, S. (2014). Predicting children’s prosocial and co-operative behavior from their temperamental profiles: A person-centered approach. Social Development, 23, 734-752. doi: 10.111/sode.12072

Laible, D., & Murphy, T. (2014).  Constructing moral, emotional, and relational understanding in the context of mother-child reminiscing. In Weinraub, C. & Recchia, H. (Eds), Talking about right and wrong: Parent-child conversations as contexts for moral development (pp. 98-121). New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Laible, D., Murphy, T. P., & Augustine, M. (2014). Adolescents’ aggressive and prosocial behavior: Links with social information processing, negative emotionality, moral affect, and moral cognition. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 270-286. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2014.885878

Laible, D., McGinley, M., Carlo, G., Augustine, M., & Murphy, T. (2014). Does engaging in prosocial behavior make you see the world through rose colored glasses? The links between social information processing and prosocial behavior. Developmental Psychology, 50, 872-880. doi: 10.1037/a0033905

Murphy, T. P., & Laible, D. J. (2013). The influence of attachment security on preschool children’s empathic concern. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 436-440. doi:10.1177/0165025413487502

Laible, D., Murphy, T. P., & Augustine, M. (2013). Constructing emotional and relational understanding:  The role of mother-child reminiscing about negatively-valenced events. Social Development, 22, 300-318. doi: 10.1111/sode.12022

Laible, D., Murphy, T. P., & Augustine, M. (2013). Predicting the quality of mother-child reminiscing surrounding negative emotional events at 42- and 48-months. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14, 270-291. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2011.645972

Panfile, T. M., & Laible, D. J. (2012). Attachment security and child’s empathy:  The mediating role of emotion regulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 58, 1-21. doi: 10.1353/mpq.2012.0003

Panfile, T. M., Laible, D. J., & Eye, J. L. (2012). Conflict frequency within mother-child dyads across contexts:  Links with attachment security and gender. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27, 147-155. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2011.06.001

Laible, D., Carlo, G., Panfile, T., Eye, J., & Parker, J. (2010). Negative emotionality and Emotion Regulation:  A person-centered approach to predicting socioemotional behavior in young adolescents. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 621-629. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2010.08.003

Laible, D., & Panfile, T. (2009). Mother-child reminiscing in the context of secure attachment relationships:  Lessons in understanding and coping with negative emotion. In J. Quas & R. Fivush (Eds). Emotion and memory in development: Biological, cognitive, and social considerations (pp. 166-195). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326932.003.0007

Laible, D., Panfile, T., & Makariev, D. (2008). The quality and frequency of mother-toddler conflict:  Links with attachment and temperament. Child Development, 79, 426-443. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01134.x

  • PSY 112: General Psychology
  • PSY 202: Life-Span Development
  • PSY 209: Statistics & Research Design w/ Lab
  • PSY 294: Special Topics: Prosocial and Moral Behavior
  • PSY 302: Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology w/ Lab:  Social and Personality Development
  • PSY 302: Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology w/ Lab:  Attachment Theory & Research
  • FYS 101: Childhood Around the World

We are currently conducting a study examining the emotional development of preschool children. 

Students: Email or stop by to see how you can become a research assistant!

Parents: If you have a child between the ages of 3 1/2 and 5, please call/email me for more information about participating!