Head of Developmental Psychology
A.B., University of California at Berkeley;
M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University, 1984

Phone: (419) 372-2273

Email: mtisak@bgnet.bgsu.edu

Office: Room 359, Psychology Building

Research Interests:

  • Development of social cognition and social behavior
  • Development of moral and social reasoning
  • Reasoning about authority and peer relations
  • Social reasoning among youth offenders
  • Development of aggressive behavior

Selected Publications:

  • Tisak, M. S., Tisak, J., & Laurene, K. R. (in press).  Children’s judgments of social interactive behaviors with peers:  The influence of age and gender.  Social Psychology of  Education: An International Journal.
  • Caprara, G.V., Alessandri, G., Tisak, M. S., Gerbino, M., Paciello, M., Caprara, M. G., & Fontaine, R.G. (in press). Individual differences in personality conducive to engagement in aggression and violence. 
  • European Journal of Personality.
  • Fontaine, R. G., Fida, R., Paciello, M., Tisak, M. S., & Caprara, G. V. (2012).  The mediating role of moral disengagement in the developmental course from peer rejection to adolescence to crime in early adulthood. Psychology,Crime,and Law,18, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2012.719622
  • Tisak, M. S., Wichorek, M.  G., & Tisak, J.  (2011). Relation between exposure to  and consequences of aggression: United States National sample of adolescents. Journal of School Violence, 10, 355-373. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2011.602603

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 3030. Psychology of Child Development
  • PSYC 3040. Psychology of Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 3040H. Psychology of Adolescent Development Honors
  • PSYC 4600. Introduction to Psychology Testing
  • PSYC 7350. Social and Personality Development
  • PSYC 7800. Special Topics in Developmental Psychology