David Schultz, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2000 Clinical Psychology
M. Div., Yale University, 1993
Area: Social development in early childhood (ADP &
Office: MP 338
Phone: (410) 455-2414
Fax: (410) 455-1055
Dr. Schultz is interested in why some young children tend to
get into peer conflict. In particular, he has examined how young
children interpret and think about social interactions, especially
the emotions others experience. For example, he has developed the
construct of anger attribution bias. Some children tend to interpret
others' nonverbal cues as indicating anger more often than other
children do, and this interpretational bias seems detrimental for
their social functioning. Dr. Schultz wants to determine how closely
children's emotionality/temperament corresponds with their emotion
processing patterns. For example, do children prone to experience
anger themselves necessarily develop an anger attribution bias?
Might children not prone to experience anger (e.g., generally happy
children) develop this attribution bias? The answers to these and
related questions may hold important consequences for interventions
designed to promote young children's emotional and social competence.
Schultz, D., Izard, C.E., & Bear, G. (in press). Children's
emotion processing: Relations to emotionality and aggression. Development
Schultz, D. & Shaw, D. S. (in press). Boys' maladaptive social
information processing, family emotional climate, and pathways to
early conduct problems. Social Development.
Schultz, D. , Izard, C.E., Ackerman, B.P., & Youngstrom,
E.A. (2001). Emotion knowledge in economically-disadvantaged children:
Self-regulatory antecedents and relations to social maladjustment.
Development and Psychopathology, 13, 53-67.
Schultz, D., Izard, C.E., & Ackerman, B.P. (2000). Children's
emotion biases: Relations to family environment and social adjustment.
Social Development, 9, 284-301.