Professor Profiles

Christina Rinaldi

Christina Rinaldi, PhD



Educational Psychology

About Me

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).


Dr. Rinaldi’s research focus is in the area of social and emotional learning and development of children and adolescents. Her 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 mother-child and father-child relationships promote adaptive social and academic behaviours 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 Learning Engagement and Parenting (LEAP) lab website:


EDPY 644 Consultation in School and Clinical Child Psychology 

EDPY 640 Developmental Psychopathology

EDPY 614 Social and Emotional Development 

EDPY 528 Foundations of Child and Adolescent Intervention 

EDPY 517 Child and Adolescent Development 

EDPY 302 Learning and Development in Childhood