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Carol Magai
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
Rutgers University, 1980

Dr. Magai is the founding director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Human Development, a research facility devoted to the study of ethnic and cultural issues in development. The Center serves as the setting for Dr. Magai’s research, and provides training opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral level psychologists. Dr. Magai also serves as the Dean of Research for the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus.

Research Interests: Dr. Magai’s research centers on issues of emotional development and emotional expression. Her interests include continuity and change in personality development over the lifespan, attachment theory, dynamic systems modeling of personality, the role of culture and other individual difference variables in development, and emotions in the psychotherapy process.

Recent publications:

    Magai, C., Consedine, N. S., Gillespie, M., O'Neal, C. & Vilker, R.  (2004).  The differential roles of early emotion socialization and adult attachment in adult emotional experience:  Testing a mediator hypothesis.  Attachment and Human Development, 6, 389-419.

    Magai, C., Consedine, N. S., Krivoshekova, Y. S., Kudadgie-Gyamfi, E. & McPherson, R.  (2006). Emotion experience and expression across the adult lifespan:  Insights from a multi-modal assessment study. Psychology and Aging, 21, 303-317.

    Magai, C., Consedine, N., Hershman, D. L., & Neugut, A. I. (In press).  Common psychosocial factors underlying breast cancer screening and breast cancer treatment adherence. Journal of Women’s Health.

    Magai, C.  (In press).  Long-lived emotions:  A lifecourse perspective on emotional development.  In  M. Lewis, J. M. Haviland-Jones, & L. Feldman Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of Emotions, 3rd Edition, NY: Guilford.

    Magai, C. (In press).  Attachment in Middle and Later Adulthood.  In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of Attachment, 2nd Edition, NY: Guilford.

    Magai, C. and Haviland-Jones. (Forthcoming). The hidden genius of emotion: Lifespan transformations of personality. Cambridge University Press.

    Magai, C. (2001). Emotions over the lifespan. J. Birren & K.W. Schaie (Eds). Handbook of the psychology of aging. Pp. 339-426. San Diego: Academic Press.

    Magai, C. & Cohen, C., Milburn, N., Thorpe, B., McPherson, R, & Peralta, D. (2001).  Attachment styles in older European American and African American adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Social Sciences, 46B, S1-S8.

    Magai, C.  (1999).  Personality change in adulthood:  Loci of change and the role of interpersonal process.  International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 49, 339-352.

    Magai, C. (1999).  Affect, imagery, attachment: Working models of interpersonal affect and the socialization of emotion. In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (Eds.) Handbook of attachment theory and research, pp. 787-802. NY: Guilford.


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