Faculty and Staff
Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Ph.D.
College of Education
Dr. Mulvey earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland - College Park, and her MAT and BA from Duke University.
Moral and social development, intergroup attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, theory of mind, social exclusion, resource allocation, social justice, fairness, children’s social-cognitive development, intergroup contact, gender, race and ethnicity, peer group dynamics, aggression, social reasoning
Dr. Mulvey conducts research examining theory of mind, social exclusion, and group dynamics, including when children challenge peer group norms. Her work focuses on intergroup contexts, and examines the influence of children's bias, prejudice and stereotypes on their intergroup relations.
Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies. She completed her PhD in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. Her undergraduate and masters degrees are from Duke University. Prior to completing her doctorate, she was a public school teacher and received certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Her research interests include social-cognitive development, in particular moral and social development. She conducts research examining theory of mind, social exclusion, and group dynamics, including when children challenge peer group norms. Her work focuses on intergroup contexts, and examines the influence of children's bias, prejudice and stereotypes on their intergroup relations. Her research has been published in journals including Cognition, Child Development, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the Journal of Social Issues, Social Development and Human Development.
Mulvey, K.L. (in press). Children’s reasoning about social exclusion: Balancing multiple factors. Child Development Perspectives.
Mulvey, K.L., Palmer, S. & Abrams, D. (in press). Peer group dynamics in instances of subtle race-based discrimination: Bystander intervention and social exclusion. Child Development.
Mulvey K.L., Rizzo, M. & Killen, M. (in press). Challenging gender stereotypes: Theory of mind and peer group dynamics. Developmental Science.
Rutland, A., Hitti, A., Mulvey, K. L., Abrams, D., & Killen, M. (2015). When does the in-group like the out-group? Bias among children as a function of group norms. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797615572758.
Mulvey, K. L., & Killen, M. (2015). Challenging gender stereotypes: Resistance and exclusion. Child Development, 86, 681–694. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12317
Mulvey, K. L., Hitti, A., Rutland, A., Abrams, D., & Killen, M. (2014). Context differences in children’s ingroup preferences. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1507-1519. doi: 10.1037/a0035593
Mulvey, K. L., Hitti, A., Rutland, A., Abrams, D., & Killen, M. (2014). When do children dislike ingroup members?: Resource allocation from individual and group perspectives. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 28-45.
Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L., Rutland, A., Abrams, D., & Killen, M. (2014). When is it okay to exclude a member of the ingroup?: Children’s and adolescents’ social reasoning. Social Development, 23, 451-469.doi: 10.1111/sode.12047
Richardson, C., Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L. & Killen, M. (2014). Social exclusion: The interplay of group goals and individual characteristics. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43,1281-1294. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9967-8.
Killen, M., Mulvey, K. L., & Hitti, A. (2013). Social exclusion in childhood: A developmental intergroup perspective. Child Development, 84, 772-790. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12012
Killen, M., Rutland, A., Abrams, D., Mulvey, K. L., & Hitti, A. (2013). Development of intra- and intergroup judgments in the context of moral and social-conventional norms. Child Development, 84, 1063-1080. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12011
Killen, M., Mulvey, K.L, Hitti, A., & Rutland, A. (2012). What works to address prejudice? Look to developmental science research for the answer. Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 35, 29. (Commentary). doi:10.1017/S0140525X12001410
Richardson, C., Mulvey, K.L., & Killen, M. (2012). Extending social-domain theory through a process-based account of moral judgments. Human Development. 55, 4-25. doi: 10.1159/000335362.
Killen, M., Mulvey, K. L., Richardson, C., Jampol, N., & Woodward, A. (2011). The accidental transgressor: Morally-relevant theory of mind. Cognition, 119, 197-215. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2011.01.006
Hitti, A., Mulvey, K. L., & Killen, M. (2011). Social exclusion and culture: The role of group norms, group identity, and fairness. Anales de Psicologia: Special Issue: Prejudice: Sociodevelopmental Perspectives, 27, 587-599.
Mulvey, K. L., Hitti, A., & Killen, M. (2010). The development of stereotyping and exclusion. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 1, 597-606.
Mulvey, K.L., Hitti, A., Smetana, J. & Killen, M. (in press). Morality, context and development. L. Balter & C.Tamis-LaMonda (Eds.) Child psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues, 3rd edition. NY: Psychology Press.
Mulvey, K.L. (in press). Equity and equality in early childhood. The SAGE encyclopedia of contemporary early childhood education. NY: SAGE.
Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L, & Killen, M. (in press). Social cognition about intergroup relations: Minority perspectives. In N. Cabrera & B. Leyendecker. Handbook of positive development of minority children. Netherlands: Springer.
Killen, M., Hitti, A., & Mulvey, K.L. (2014). Social development and intergroup relations. In J. Simpson & J. Dovidio (Associate Eds.), APA Handbook of personality and social psychology, Vol.2, Interpersonal relations and group processes (pp. 177-201). Washington, D.C.: APA Press.
Mulvey, K. L., Hitti, A., & Killen, M. (2013). Intentionality, morality, and exclusion: How children navigate the social world. In M. Banaji & S. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world: What infants, children and other species can teach us. (pp. 377-384). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hitti, A., Mulvey, K. L., & Killen, M. (2011). Exclusion in adolescent peer relationships. In R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 2783-2792). NY: Springer Press.