Susan M Perez

Associate Professor

Psychology • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Developmental Psychology with Emphases in

 

Cognitive Development

  • Planning
  • Decision-Making
  • Executive Function
  • Social and Cultural Influences

Emotional Development

  • Emotional Self-Regulation
  • Temperament

Education

Ph.D., Psychology (Area: Developmental), University of California, Riverside, June, 2004
Dissertation: Relations Among Child Emotionality, Mother-Child Planning, and Children’s Academic Adjustment and Achievement in the First Grade

 

M.A., Psychology (Area: Developmental), University of California, Riverside, December, 2001
Thesis: The Role of Child Emotional Intensity and Emotion Regulation Skills in Mother-Child Planning 

 

M.S., Clinical Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, June, 1997
Thesis: Encoding Gender Related Information in the Release from Proactive Inhibition Task

 

B.A., Psychology, Pitzer College, May, 1994
Senior Honor’s Thesis: Stereotype Prevalence Among College Students: Differential Perception of Latinos

Biography

I have been at the University of North Florida in the Department of Psychology since 2004. I received my Doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside with a focus in Developmental Psychology. As a developmental psychologist, my research focuses on cognitive development with an emphasis on understanding the whole child. I am interested in children’s opportunities to develop complex cognitive skills, like planning and decision making, while they interact with their parents or others who are more skilled than themselves. I am also interested in how other aspects of their development, like temperament and the development of emotional self-regulation skills, contribute to these learning opportunities. And, I examine how these processes are linked to other critical developmental outcomes such as successful school transitions and academic performance.

 

I enjoy teaching and have taught several classes including Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Foundations of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Advanced Child Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Cognitive Development in Social and Cultural Context. I also enjoy working with students in research and involve them in every aspect of my work.

Awards

University of North Florida, Outstanding Faculty Service Award 2014-2015

 

University of North Florida, Center for Applied Research on Child and Adolescent Development Grant 2014-2015

 

College of Arts and Sciences and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research Enhancement Plan Award  2011

 

University of North Florida, Proposal Development Grant 2008

 

University of North Florida, Student Mentored Academic Research Team (S.M.A.R.T.) Grant 2007

 

The National Academies, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities 2003-2004

 

University of California, Riverside, Dissertation Grant 2003-2004

 

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 1999 – 2003

 

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, Honorable Mention, 2000

 

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, 1994

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS
Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2015). Socialization of cognition. In J. Grusec, & P. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of Socialization. New York: Guilford Press.

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2014). Cognitive development in cultural contexts. In L. Liben & U. Müller (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, Vol 2, Cognitive processes. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

 

**Stanzione, C. M., Perez, S. M., & Lederberg, A. R. (2013). Assessing aspects of creativity in deaf and hearing high school students. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 18, 228-241.

 

Gauvain, M., Perez, S. M., & Beebe, H. (2013). Authoritative Parenting and Parental Support for Children’s Cognitive Development. In A. S. Morris, R. E. Larzelere, & A. Harrist (Eds.), New Directions in Authoritative Parenting: Building on the Legacy of Diana Baumrind. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2010). Emotional contributions to the development of executive functions in the family context. In B. W. Sokol, U. Müller, J. I. M. Carpendale, A. R. Young, & G. Iarocci (Eds.), Self and social regulation: Social interaction and the development of social understanding and executive functions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

Perez, S. M. (2010). Instructor’s Manual for Parke, R. D., & Clarke-Stewart, A. (2010). Social Development. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP001497,descCd-INSTRUCTOR.html

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2009). Mother-child planning, child emotional functioning, and children’s transition to first grade. Child Development, 80, 776-791. 

 

Perez, S. M. (2009). Instructor’s Manual for R. D. Park, M. Gauvain, & E. M. Hetherington, Child Psychology: A Contemporary Viewpoint (7th ed.), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2008). Mother-child planning and child compliance. Child Development, 79, 761-775. 

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2007). Socialization of Cognition (pp. 588-613). In J. Grusec, & P. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of Socialization. New York: Guilford Press.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2007). The sociocultural context of transitions in early socioemotional development (pp. 396-419). In C. A. Brownell, & C. B. Kopp (Eds.), Transitions in Early Socioemotional Development: The Toddler Years, Guilford Press.

 

Perez, S. M. (2006). Instructor's Manual for E. M. Hetherington, R. D. Parke, M. Gauvain, & V. O. Locke, Child Psychology: A Contemporary Viewpoint (6th ed.), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2005). Not all hurried children are the same: Children's participation in deciding on and planning their after-school activities. In J. E. Jacobs, & P. Klaczynski (Eds.), The Development of Judgment and Decision-Making in Children and Adolescents. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

 

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2005). Parent-child participation in planning children's activities outside of school in European American and Latino Families. Child Development, 76, 371-383.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2005). The role of child emotionality in child behavior and maternal instruction on planning tasks. Social Development, 14, 250-272.

 

Perez, S. M., & Kee, D. W. (2000). Girls not boys show gender-connotation encoding from print. Sex Roles, 42, 439-447.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2015). Associations between mother and child ratings of emotion regulation and children’s planning in two contexts. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Marcon, R., & Perez, S. M. (2015). Predicting pre-academic skills for low-income children entering state-funded prekindergarten with and without behavioral concerns. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2013). Stability and Change in Mother-Child Planning Over Middle Childhood. Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2013). How does the activity goal affect mother-child participation and child learning during joint planning? Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA. 

 

**Stanzione, C. M., Perez, S. M., & Lederberg, A. R. (2012, April). Divergent thinking among deaf and hearing adolescents. Paper presented at the 2012 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

**Stanzione, C. M. & Perez, S. M. (2011, April). Are deaf adolescents creative? Poster presented at the 2011 Language and Literacy Meeting at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

 

**Stanzione, C., & Perez, S. M. (2010, May). Divergent thinking among deaf and hearing adolescents. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA. 

 

Gauvain, M., Perez, S. M., & Beebe, H. (2010, May). Authoritative parenting and parental support for children’s cognitive development. Paper presented at the Third Annual OSU Parenting Chautauqua, Mini-Conference on Authoritative Parenting: A Festschrift to Honor Diana Baumrind, Tulsa, OK. 

 

Marcon, R., & Perez, S. M. (2010, March). Measuring resiliency in young children: A closer look at the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) protective factors and behavioral concerns. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Human Development 2009 Spring Conference, San Antonio, TX. 

 

**Daugherty, B., & Perez, S. M. (2009). Family prosocial behavior: Influence of parental age, values, and prosocial tendencies. Poster presented at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

 

*Perez, S. M., & Less, A. (2009). Relations between preschool children's observed planning, inhibitory control, teacher-rated temperament, and letter recognition. Poster presented at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

 

**Grogran, K., Marcon, R., & Perez, S. M. (2008, June). Summer vacation and early learning: Is there summer loss for low-income preschoolers? Poster session presented at the Ninth Head Start National Research Conference, Washington, DC.

 

**Jamison, R., Marcon, R., & Perez, S. M. (2008, June). Classroom model and peer influence: The relation between preschoolers’ behavior and academic achievement in the classroom. Poster session presented at the Ninth Head Start National Research Conference, Washington, DC.

 

*Less, A., & Perez, S. M. (2008, March). Relations between preschool children’s planning ability, self-regulation and early literacy skills. Poster presented at the University of North Florida annual research symposium, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2007). The socialization of cognition. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

 

Perez, S. M. (2007). Is maternal instruction during joint planning related to mother's reported coping with child emotionality? Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2007). Relations between child emotionality and activity goals during mother-child planning. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

 

Wolpoff, M., Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2007). Autonomy in middle childhood: Children's control over everyday activities in relation to age, gender, and ethnicity. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

 

Perez, S. M. (2006). Relations between child emotionality and planning skills. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion, Atlanta, GA.

 

*Perez, S. M., & Hutchison, L. (2006). The development of planning skills in mother-child interaction: The role of family context. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

 

Gauvain, M., Perez, S. M., Wolpoff, M., & Pan, Y. (2005). Children’s planning in middle childhood and academic performance in early adolescence. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2005). Children's planning skills in mother-child interaction and academic adjustment and achievement in the first grade. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2005). Child emotionality and children's planning in social context as a function of task goals. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (*note: Chair for Symposium: Putting the Pieces Together: How Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Processes Get Integrated Over the Course of Development), Atlanta, GA.

 

Perez, S. M. (2004). Relations between planning skills in mother-child interaction and school outcomes across middle childhood. Poster presented at the 2004 Conference on Human Development, Washington, DC. 

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2003). Socioemotional factors and the development of planning in early and middle childhood. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

 

Gauvain, M. & Perez, S. M. (2003). Social influences on cognitive development: Longitudinal analysis of parent-child participation during joint planning. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

 

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2002). Parenting practices and children’s participation in planning in early adolescence. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, New Orleans, LA.

 

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2001). Children’s after-school activities as opportunities to develop cognitive skills. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minnesota, MN.

 

Perez, S. M. (2003). Child emotionality as a mediator between parenting practices and academic adjustment and achievement. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2002). Relations of early adolescent emotional functioning, planning behavior, and school performance. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, New Orleans, LA.

 

Gauvain, M., & Perez, S. M. (2001). Parenting practices and children’s participation in planning. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Gauvain, M. (2001). Relation of child emotionality to individual and mother-child planning. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Perez, S. M., Gauvain, M., & Savage, S. L. (2000). Children’s emotional intensity and planning ability. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

 

Perez, S. M., & Kee, D. W. (1998). Gender differences in release from proactive interference performance. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

 

*Work with former or current UNF undergraduate student(s)
**Work with former or current UNF graduate student(s)
 

PerezContact Information

Building 51, Room 3443

(904) 620-1612

sperez@unf.edu

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