Gustavo Carlo

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School of Education
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1994, Developmental Psychology
Phone: (949) 824-5920
University of California, Irvine
3200 Education
School of Edcuation
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Prosocial and moral development, cultural mechanisms, personality, parenting, child and adolescent development
Short Biography
Dr. Gustavo Carlo is Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. His primary research interest focuses on understanding positive social development and health in culturally-diverse children and adolescents. Many of his projects focus on ethnic/racial groups across the world and in U.S. Latino/a youth and families. He has published over 250 books, chapters, and research papers. He has received funding from various agencies (including NSF, NIH) and has received several awards for his research and mentorship. He currently serves as a member of the SRCD Governing Council, Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Child Development, and co-edited the recent APA Handbook of Adolescent and Young Adult Development.

Other Experience
Gustavo Carlo also serves as Equity Advisor for the UCI School of Education. Appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion through the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Equity Advisor collaborates with the Dean and participates in faculty recruitment, organizes faculty career advising and mentoring, and advises on equity and diversity concerns affecting by minoritized and women faculty within the School of Education.
Carlo, G., Knight, G. P., & Davis, A. (2022). Kindness towards all: Prosocial behaviors to address U.S. Latinx youth social inequities. In J. Lockman (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior. New York: Elsevier Press.

Manzano-Hidalgo, M. C., Carlo, G., & Gonzalez-Hernandez, J. (2022). Fear of making mistakes and perfectionism in adolescents: How much of it leads to an aggressive response to others? In J. Gonzalez-Hernandez (Ed.), Looking for a perfect world: Empirical and applied lines. Nova Publishers.

Carlo, G., Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Hastings, P. D. (2022). Prosocial behaviors and development. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of Moral Development. (3rd Ed.). Taylor & Francis.

Carlo, G., Cheah, C. S. L., Conejo, L. D., & Cho, H. S. (2022). The social development of immigrant children: A focus on Asian and Latino/a children in the United States. In P. K. Smith & G. Hart (Eds.), Handbook of Childhood Social Development. (3rd Ed.; pp. 260-277). Wiley-Blackwell.

de Moor, L. L., Cheng, T-Y., Spitzer, J. E., Berger, C., Carrizales, A., Garandeau, C. F., Gerbino, M., Hawk, S. T., Kaniušonyte, G., Kumru, A. Malonda, E., Rovella, A., Shen, Y-L., Taylor, L. K., van Zalk, M., Branje, S., Carlo, G., Walker, L. P., & Van der Graaff, J. (2022). What should I do and who's to blame? A cross-national study on youth’s attitudes and beliefs in times of COVID-19. PLOS ONE, 17.

Richaud, M. C., Muzio, R. N., Lemos, V., Urquijo, S., & Carlo, G. (2022). Editorial: Psychosocial effects of isolation and fear of contagion of COVID-19 on the mental health of different population groups. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.

Wang, W., Spinrad, T. L., Laible, D. J., Janssen, J., Xiao, S. X., Xu, J., Berger, R. H., Eisenberg, N., Carlo, G., Gal-Szabo, D. E., Fraser, A., Lopez, J., Xu, X. (2022). Parents’ color-blind racial ideology and implicit racial attitudes predict children’s race-based sympathy. Journal of Family Psychology.

Xiao, S. X., Spinrad, T. L., Xu, J., Gal-Szabo, D. E., Eisenberg, N., Laible, D. J., Berger, R. H., Carlo, G., & Xu, X. (2022). Parents’ valuing diversity and White children’s prosociality toward White and Black peers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 83.

Curlee, A. S., Tein, J-Y., White, R. M. B., Carlo, G., Gonzales, N. A., & Knight, G. P. (2022). U.S. Mexican-origin young adults’ mental health relative to interpersonal stressor transitions from childhood to adolescence. Advance online publication. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Carlo, G., Samper, P., Malonda, E., Mestre, A. L., Tur-Porcar, A. M., & Mestre, M. V. (2022). Longitudinal paths between parents’ use of rewards and young adolescents’ moral traits and prosocial behaviors. Journal of Adolescence, 94, 1096-1107.

Gülseven, Z., Maya, S., & Carlo, G. (2022). The intervening roles of shame and guilt in relations between parenting and prosocial behavior in college students. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 183, 564-579.

Killoren, S., Len-Rios, M., Salinas, E., Streit, C., & Carlo, G. (2022). Latinx adolescents’ perspectives on romantic relationships and sexuality: Exploring the roles of parents and siblings. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Carlo, G., Murry, V. M., Davis, A. N., Gonzalez, C. M., & Debreaux, M. L. (2022). Culture-related adaptive mechanisms to race-related trauma among African American and U.S. Latinx youth. Adversity and Resilience Science, 3, 247-259.

Crockett, L. J., Streit, C. & Carlo, G. (2022). Cultural mechanisms linking mothers’ familism values to externalizing behaviors among Midwest U.S. Latinx adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Costa, M., Barbosa, M. R., Verissimo, L., Ribeiro, L. M., Nunes, S., & Carlo, G. (2022). Prosocial Tendencies Measure validation for Portuguese late adolescents. Interacao Em Psicologia. 26, 81-91. DOI:

Davis, A. N., Carlo, G., Bennett, D., Gallarza, W., & Saiz, D. (2022). Understanding racial attitudes among students and teachers in an ethnically/racially diverse high school. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 32, 417-431.

Padilla-Walker, L., van der Graff, J., Workman, K., Carlo, G., Branje, S., Carrizales, A., Gerbino, M., Gulseven, Z., Hawk, S., Luengo Kanacri, P., Mesurado, B., Samper, P., Shen, Y-L., Tayllor, L., Trach, J., van Zalk, M., & Zukauskiene, R. (2022). Emerging adults’ cultural values, prosocial behaviors, and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-national study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 46, 286-296.

Carlo, G., Davis, A. N., & Taylor, L. K. (2022). Reducing youth ingroup favoritism to address social injustice. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 9, 90-95.
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