Professor Alexandra Main received her PhD from UC Berkeley and completed her postdoctoral work at UC Merced.

Her research focuses on social and emotional development of children and adolescents within the family context. Specifically, she is interested in the development of empathy and emotion regulation and how these processes are shaped by temperament, family, and culture. She is currently working on projects investigating communication of empathy between parents and adolescents, how cultural orientations influence family emotional communication, and the implications of these processes for psychological and physical health.

For more information about the Developmental Psychology program at UC Merced, click here.

                           Contact Info



Office Phone: (209) 228-2429

Office Location: SSM 302B

Lab Location: SSM 324


  • Ph.D., 2013 — UC Berkeley
  • B.A., 2008 — Brandeis University

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