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Education

Ph.D., Tufts University, 2013

M.A., Tufts University, 2010

B.A., Boston College, 2008

Research & Service

I study the development of self-regulation and self-control across the life span, and apply this research into programs that promote positive development. Much of my work centers on adolescent and young adult development.

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Publications

Napolitano, C., & Job, V. (2018). Assessing the implicit theories of willpower for strenuous mental activities scale: Multigroup, across-gender, and cross-cultural measurement invariance and convergent and divergent validity. Psychological Assessment,.

Napolitano, C., & Freund, A. (2017). First evidence for "The Backup Plan Paradox". Journal of Experimental Psychology: General,.

Napolitano, C., & Freund, A. (2016). On the use and usefulness of backup plans. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11 56–73.

Napolitano, C. (2013). More than just a simple twist of fate: Serendipitous relations in developmental science. Human Development, 56 291-318.

Tomasik, M., Napolitano, C., & Moser, U. Can school success foster thriving? Exploring the positive impact of academic performance on positive youth development. Child Development,.

Freund, A., Napolitano, C., & Rutt, J. Personality development in adulthood: A goal perspective. Handbook of Personality Development.

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Courses

Undergraduate Open Seminar (EPSY 199) Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Early Adolescent Development (EPSY 430) Examines early adolescent development, covering biological, cognitive, and social transitions. Topics include identity, autonomy, peer and family relationships and the role of schooling and the media. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours.

Developments in Educ Psyc (EPSY 490) Foundational theories and practices of educational psychology, including learning and development. 2 or 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Undergraduate and graduate work load will be commensurate with the requirements.

Dev Sciences Division Brownbag (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Spec Topics in Couns Psych (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Special Topics in Couns Psyc (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Special Topics in Couns Psych (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Napolitano, Chris

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Contact

Office

220D Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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