Curriculum Vitae:

Mary Kayyal

 

Department of Psychology, Boston College

Emotion Development Lab

McGuinn Hall 428E

140 Commonwealth Ave.

Boston College

Chestnut Hill , MA 02467

 

Tel:   617 552-6767

Fax:   617 552-0523

E-mail: kayyalm@gmail.com

Web page: www2.bc.edu/~kayyalm

 

 

EDUCATION HISTORY

2009- 2013 (Expected graduation)
PhD in Developmental Psychology, Boston College

2007-2009
M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Boston College

2002-2006
B.A. in Psychology and International Studies (focus on the Middle East), Boston College

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Courses Taught, Boston College
2012        Research Practicum in Emotion
2012        Culture and Emotion
2011         Culture and Emotion

Courses Co-taught, Boston College
2011         Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Teaching Assistantships, Boston College
2012        Emotion
2010        Clinical Psychology: Psychological Disorders and Treatments
2010        Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
2009       Abnormal Psychology
2009       Introduction of Behavioral Research Methods and Statistics (II)
2008       Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
2008       Social Psychology
2007       Developmental Psychology

Invited Guest Lectures
2011         The Relation between Disgust and Immorality is Mere Coincidence, Boston University
2012        Culture, language, and the categorization of emotions, Boston College
2010        Psychological disorders and treatments: Does psychotherapy work? Yes, no, and it depends, Boston College
2010        Methods for studying children’s understanding of emotion cross-culturally, Boston College
2010        How does culture influence what emotion we see in a face? Palestinian and American judgments of emotion from spontaneous facial expressions, Boston College
2008       Emotion and affect: Theoretical perspectives and cross-cultural research, Boston College

Mentoring
2011-present        Supervision of undergraduate honors thesis projects
                                Title: Understanding the association between disgust and moral violations
                                Undergraduate honors student: Alyssa McCarthy
2007-present        Supervision of undergraduate research assistants

DEPARTMENTAL LEADERSHIP ROLES

2012-present         Co-founder of Psychology Department’s Graduate Student Workshop
2010-2012             Psychology Department Developmental Workshop Speaker Series Organizational Committee
2007-2011              Psychology Graduate Student Research Day Organizational Committee

PUBLICATIONS

In Press:

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Language and emotion: Certain English – Arabic translations are not
equivalent.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 

Kayyal, M.H., Widen, S. C., & Russell, J. A. (2012).  What made Sahar scared?: Imaginary and realistic
causes in Palestinian and American children’s concept of fear.  Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Under Review:

Kayyal, M.H. & Widen, S.C.  (2012).  Monsters and growling dogs: realistic and imaginary causes in the child’s fear concept.  Submitted.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Palestinian and American judge spontaneous facial expressions of emotion.  Submitted.

In Preparation:

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  The relation between disgust and morality is largely coincidence. Manuscript in preparation.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Judgments of spontaneous facial expressions of emotion across cultures and languages: Testing the Universality Thesis.  Manuscript in preparation.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Cultural variation exists within a universal broad-to-differentiated path of emotion category development:  Evidence from children’s understanding of emotion cues from faces, causes, behaviors, body postures, and vocal intonation.  Manuscript in preparation.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Palestinian and American children’s understanding of facial expressions of emotion.  Manuscript in preparation.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012).  Palestinian and American children’s understanding of emotion from facial expressions, situational causes, and behavioral consequences.  Manuscript in preparation.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Symposium Presentations:

Nelson, N., Widen, S.C., Kayyal, M.H., Gendron, Maria (2013, January).  Spontaneous facial expressions of emotion are not universally recognized: Methodological and substantive issues.  Facial expressions are universally recognized (except when they aren’t): Evidence from developmental, cross-cultural, and clinical populations.  Symposium conducted at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Nelson, N., Widen, S.C., & Kayyal, M.H. (2012, May).  Children’s attribution of fear to real versus imaginary, and controllable versus uncontrollable, creatures.  The effect of context on emotion judgments: From preschool to adulthood.  Symposium conducted at the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada. 

Poster Presentations:

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012, January). The emotion observers see in a face cannot be predicted with a single label: Cross-cultural evidence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California. 

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, October). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of facial expressions.  Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society, Chicago, Illinois.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, March). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of the behavioral consequences associated with realistic and imaginary causes of fear. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, January). Children’s understanding of unregulated emotional expressions in private versus public contexts. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Emotion Pre-Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2010, April). Palestinian and American children’s interpretation of fantasy- and reality-based causes of fear. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2010, January). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of fear.  Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Emotion Pre-Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2010, January). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of emotion from facial expressions, situational causes, and behavioral consequences. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2009).  Themes Palestinian and American Children Use to Describe Fear and Sadness.  Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 21st Annual Convention, San Fransisco, CA. 

Kayyal, M.H., Naab, P., Russell, J.A. (2008).  Palestinian and American Judgments of Spontaneous Facial Expressions of Emotion.  Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 20th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. 

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., Widen, S.C. (2007).  Comparing Palestinian and American Children's Understanding of Fear. Presented at the Cognitive Development Society’s 2007 Conference, Santa Fe, N.M. 

AWARDS GRANTED

2011         Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award
2011         International Research and Conference Grant, Boston College

RESEARCH RELATED VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2004-2006          Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Student Association (MEISSA), Boston College
                           Position: Director of Outreach and Volunteer Services

  • Research and secure community service opportunities for club members
  • Function as Career Center and Center for International Partnerships and Programs (CIPP) liaison

March 2004 – June 2004
                           Anjuman Non-Profit Organization for Afghan Refugees, Chelsea, MA
                           Position: Volunteer English tutor
                           Provided home tutoring (English language: reading, writing, conversing) for an Afghan refugee in Chelsea, Massachusetts.