Christina M Rinaldi

Christina Rinaldi

Christina M. Rinaldi


Educational Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Rinaldi’s research focus is in the area of social and emotional learning and development of children and adolescents. Dr. Rinaldi’s professional and scholarly experience working in schools, hospitals, and community settings has informed her research. Dr. Rinaldi’s current research projects examine (a) children’s school readiness in both academic and non-academic areas, (b) how both mother-child and father-child relationships promote social and academic behaviors over time, and (c) parents’ and students’ understanding of bullying and the various strategies and supports they use to help promote healthy relationships.

 To learn more about her research projects and her mentorship of graduate students visit the Social and Emotional Development Lab site.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Rinaldi is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the following professional organizations: American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

Selected Publications

Funamoto, A., & Rinaldi, C.M. (2015). Measuring parent-child mutuality: A review ofcurrent observational coding systems. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(1), 3-11. 

Offrey, L. & Rinaldi, C. M. (2014). Parent-child communication and adolescents’ problem-solving strategies in hypothetical bullying situations. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2014.884006

Nosworthy, N., & Rinaldi, C. (2013). A review of school board cyberbullying policies in Alberta. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 58(4), 509-525.

Roger, K., Rinaldi, C. M., & Howe, N. (2012). Gender Differences of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Internal State Language with their Young Children. Infant and Child Development, 21(6), 646-666.

Beran, T., Rinaldi, C., Bickham, D. S., & Rich, M. (2012). Evidence for the need to support for the Need to Support Adolescents Dealing with Harassment and Cyber-Harassment: Prevalence, Progression, and Impact. School Psychology International, 33, 562-576.

Tremblay, L., Rinaldi, C. M., Lovsin, T., & Zecevic, C. (2012). Parents’ perceptions of children’s weight: The accuracy of ratings and associations to strategies for feeding. Early Child Development and Care, 182(8), 1027-1040.

Rinaldi, C. M., & Howe, N. (2012). Mothers' and fathers' parenting styles and associations with toddlers' externalizing, internalizing, and adaptive behaviors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(2), 266-273. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2011.08.001

Tremblay, L. & Rinaldi, C. M. (2010). The prediction of preschool children's weight from family environment factors: Gender-linked differences. Eating Behaviours, 11(4) 266-275.

Howe, N., Rinaldi, C. M., & Recchia, H. E. (2010). Patterns in mother-child internal state discourse across four contexts. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 56(1), 1-20.

Leenaars, L. S., & Rinaldi, C. M. (2010). Male and female university students’ experiences of indirect aggression. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 25(1), 131-148.  DOI: 10.1177/0829573509350062


Rathus, S. A., & Rinaldi, C. M. (2015). Voyages in development. Second Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson.

Courses Taught

    • EDPY 302 Learning & Development in Childhood 
    • EDPY 517 Child/Adolescent Development: Theories and Issues 
    • EDPY 614 Social and Emotional Development
    • EDPY 644 Consultation in School & Child Clinical Psychology