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Julie Dunsmore

Julie Dunsmore

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Affiliated Faculty, Clinical Science
Faculty, Developmental Science
Faculty/Consultant, Child Study Center
Director, Social Development Lab


  • 1994 Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 1994-1996 NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Dept., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • 1992 M.A. Clinical Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 1990 B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, GA


  • Parents’ emotion socialization (e.g., parents’ variation in emotional expression, positive emotional expression, and beliefs about emotions) and its influence on children’s developing social cognition, affective social competence, and prosocial behavior

Courses Taught

  • 6944 - Emotional Development
  • 6944 - Developmental Perspectives on Motivation
  • 5554 - Social Development
  • 4364 - Children's Social and Emotional Development
  • 2034 - Developmental Psychology


  • Dunsmore, J.C., Booker, J.A., Ollendick, T.H., & Greene, R.W. (2015). Emotion socialization in the context of risk and psychopathology: Maternal emotion coaching predicts better treatment outcomes for emotionally labile children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Social Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sode.12109
  • Miller, R.L., Dunsmore, J.C., & Smith, C.L. (2015). Effortful control and parents’ emotion socialization patterns predict children’s positive social behavior: A person-centered approach. Early Education & Development, 26, 167 – 188. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2015.975034
  • Dunsmore, J.C. (2015). Effects of person- and process-focused feedback on prosocial behavior in middle childhood. Social Development, 24, 57 – 75. doi: 10.1111/sode.12082
  • Halberstadt, A.G., Dunsmore, J.C., Bryant, A.J., Parker, A.E., Beale, K.S. & Thompson, J.A. (2013). Development and validation of the Parents’ Beliefs about Children’s Emotions questionnaire. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1195 - 1210. doi: 10.1037/a0033695
  • Dunsmore, J.C., Booker, J.A., & Ollendick, T.H. (2013). Parental emotion coaching and child emotion regulation as protective factors for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Social Development, 22, 444 – 466.
  • Her, P., Dunsmore, J.C., & Stelter, R.K. (2012). Parents’ beliefs about emotions and children’s self-construals in African American, European American, and Lumbee American Indian families. Global Studies of Childhood, 2, 129 – 243.
  • Parker, A.E., Halberstadt, A.G., Dunsmore, J.C., Townley, G., Bryant, A., Thompson, J.A. & Beale, K.S. (2012). “Emotions are a window into one’s heart”: A qualitative analysis of parental beliefs about children’s emotions across three ethnic groups. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 77, vii-i, 1 – 134.
  • Her, P. & Dunsmore, J.C. (2011). Parental beliefs about emotions are associated with early adolescents’ independent and interdependent self-construals. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35, 317 – 328.
  • Perez-Rivera, M.B. & Dunsmore, J.C. (2011). Mothers’ acculturation and beliefs about emotions, mother-child emotion discourse, and children’s emotion understanding in Latino families. Early Education and Development, 22, 324 - 354.
  • Dunsmore, J.C., Her, P., Halberstadt, A.G., & Perez-Rivera, M.B. (2009). Parents’ beliefs about emotions and childrens’ recognition of parents’ emotions. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 33, 121-140.
  • Dunsmore, J.C., Bradburn, I.S., Costanzo, P.R., & Fredrickson, B.L. (2009). Mothers’ expressive style and emotional responses to children’s behavior predict children’s prosocial and achievement-related self-ratings. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 253-264.
  • Garner, P.W., Dunsmore, J.C., & Southam-Gerow, M. (2008). Mother-child conversations about emotions: Linkages to child aggression and prosocial behavior. Social Development, 17, 259-277.

    Julie Dunsmore

Office Hours

Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Thursdays, 12:15 - 1:00 pm and 2:45 - 3:30 pm; or by appointment