Ph.D. in Psychology
The central theme of my research is social and emotional development in early childhood. Early childhood is a crucial time for the development of various socio-emotional competencies and is a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. Social-emotional competencies refer to an individual’s ability to function adaptively in interpersonal relationships. I study early social-emotional learning interventions and their impacts on children's behavior and development. The goal is to improve children's socio-emotional competencies by enhancing pedagogical sensitivity in early childhood education professionals.
Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education
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Research groups and research projects
Research Group: Pom+PedaSens
Research Project: “Nurturing Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood: A Universal Curriculum-Based Intervention”.
Research Group: Papilio
Research Project: “Promoting social-emotional development and preventing behavior problems in early childhood care”.
Zarra-Nezhad, Maryam; Viljaranta, Jaana; Sajaniemi, Nina; Aunola, Kaisa; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina. 2020. The impact of children's socioemotional development on parenting styles: the moderating effect of social withdrawal Early child development and care [Published online: 21 Oct 2020]: 1-13. 2020
Zarra-Nezhad, Maryam; Moazami-Goodarzi, Ali; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik; Kiuru, Noona; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina. 2019. Supportive Parenting Buffers the Effects of Low Peer Acceptance on Children's Internalizing Problem Behaviors Child and youth care forum 48 6: 865-887. 2019
Zarra-Nezhad, M; Moazami-Goodarzi, A; Nurmi, J-E; Eklund, K; Ahonen, T; Aunola, K. 2018. Children's Shyness Moderates the Associations between Parenting Behavior and the Development of Children's Pro-Social Behaviors Journal of Child and Family Studies 27 9: 3008-308. 2018