Philip R. Costanzo

Associate Director, Center for Child and Family Policy; Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Neuroscience

Research Interests: Phil Costanzo's research interests include (1) The development of children's ideas and beliefs about the social environment. This includes an interest in the underlying cognitive processes that mediate social reasoning skills, the relationship between parental beliefs and values and children's social perceptions social competence and social rule acquisition and its relationship to social conformity. (2) The relationships between adult values and motivations and depressive states. Also, how social-cognitive biases pertinent to affective disorders develop and are socialized by parental norms and family systems properties. (3) Psychological and social concomitants of obesity, overeating, self-restrictive eating, anorexia and bulimia. Particularly concerned with the relationship between cultural and sex-role norms pertaining to women and the emergence of eating disorders.

Clinical Interests: Community-school consultation, group psychotherapy, psycho- and "socio"-therapy with troubled and troublesome children and their families, individual adult psychotherapy and therapeutic strategies for working with distressed eating-disordered clients.

Research Interests:
Child Development, Children's Mental Health


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Strauman T. ;Costanzo P. and Garber J. (2011). Depression in Adolescent Girls: Science and Prevention.. Guilford Press.

  2. Burk, Linnea R.; Armstrong, Jeffrey M.; Goldsmith, H. Hill; Klein, Marjorie H.; Strauman, Timothy J.; Costanzo, Phillip; Essex, Marilyn J. (2011). Sex, temperament, and family context: How the interaction of early factors differentially predict adolescent alcohol use and are mediated by proximal adolescent factors. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25(1), 1-15.

  3. P.R. Costanzo (2011). [A View from the Bridge: Connecting Social and Clinical Psychology (A review of J. Maddux and J. Tangney (Eds): The Social Psychological Foundations of Clinical Psychology)]. PsycCritiques, 56(4).

  4. Costanzo, P.R. & Hoyle, R. "The role of research in personality and social psychology for illuminating psychopathology and its contexts." Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. Ed. K. Deaux, and M. Snyder Oxford Press, 2010 in press

  5. Costanzo, P.R. "The nature and nurture of morality and goodness." In Search of Goodness. Ed. Ruth Grant University of Chicago Press, 2010 in press

Curriculum Vitae

Philip R. Costanzo

Philip R. Costanzo
Phone: (919) 660-5717
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Mailing Address:
Duke Box 90085, Durham, NC 27708-0085

Research Interests: (from Specialties)
Child Development, Children's Mental Health Specialties:

Child Development
Children's Mental Health