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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


  • My research examines how emotion socialization processes are embedded within, shaped by, and convey meaning for multilayered socio-cultural contexts (culture, race/ethnicity, social class, geographic location, gender). My work addresses development from early childhood through adolescence, with particular emphasis on middle childhood. Specific foci are:
  • Agents of emotion socialization (parents; friends)
  • Modes of emotion socialization (beliefs about positive and negative emotions; reactions to children’s positive and negative emotions; variation in expression of positive and negative emotions; emotion-related discourse)
  • Adaptive skills and outcomes (affective social competence; family and peer relationships; health indices; prosocial behavior; psychological adjustment; sense of self)

Courses Taught

  • 6944 - Cross-Cultural Development
  • 6944 - Emotional Development
  • 6944 - Developmental Perspectives on Motivation
  • 5554 - Social Development
  • 4364 - Children's Social and Emotional Development
  • 4364 - Gender Development
  • 4364 - Psychology of Diversity (with Dr. Hoffman)
  • 2034 - Developmental Psychology


  • Miller-Slough, R.L., Dunsmore, J.C., Zeman, J., Sanders, W. & Poon, J.A. (2017). Maternal and paternal reactions to child sadness predict children’s psychosocial outcomes: A family-centered approach. Social Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sode.12244
  • Booker, J.A. & Dunsmore, J.C. (2017). Affective Social Competence in adolescence: Current findings and future directions. Social Development, 26, 3 - 20. doi: 10.1111/sode.12193
  • Miller-Slough, R.L. & Dunsmore, J.C. (2016). Parent and friend emotion socialization in adolescence: Associations with psychological adjustment. Adolescent Research Review, 1, 287 - 305. doi: 10.1007/s40894-016-0026-z
  • Dunsmore, J.C., Booker, J.A., Ollendick, T.H., & Greene, R.W. (2016). 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, 25, 8 - 26. doi: 10.1111/sode.12109
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Julie Dunsmore

Office Hours

I’m on sabbatical until August 10, 2019. Though you may still contact me at, I may not be regularly checking my email. If you’re a student seeking course advising, please contact Cindy Koziol (; 231-8148) or Dr. Kurt Hoffman (; 231-4005).