Clare Conry-Murray, Ph.D.
(University of California, Berkeley)

Assistant Professor

226 Post Hall
Phone: (610) 660-1803


Dr. Conry-Murray is a development psychologist who studies social and moral development in children, adolescents and adults. Her primary focus is on the development of reasoning about gender equity in middle childhood. She also examines the role of culture in moral development. Her work has taken her to West Africa, where she examined reasoning about women's rights in Benin. Currently, she is collaborating with a colleague in Korea on a study of children's reasoning about gender and fairness. Other current studies (with graduate students) are examining reasoning about lying to parents, teasing based on gender, and judgments about consent and sexual assault.

Dr. Conry-Murray received her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from The Evergreen State College. She received a M.Ed. in Secondary Education with a focus on teaching in urban schools from Boston College. She taught high school for three years in the Boston Public Schools before attending the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Education. She has taught at the University of Rochester as a visiting assistant professor, and Penn State University, Beaver as an assistant professor. She joined the faculty at St. Joseph's University in 2013.

Select Publications:

Conry-Murray, C. (2016). Children's distributive justice: The role of gender norms in different settings. European Journal Of Developmental Psychology. In press.

Conry-Murray, C., & Shaw, L. A. (2016). Young adults in the United States and Benin reason about gendered cultural traditions. Social Development, doi:10.1111/sode.12228

Conry-Murray, C. (2015). The development of social justice: The role of reasoning: Commentary on Killen, Elenbaas, and Rutland. Human Development, 58(4-5), 273-280. doi:10.1159/000444371

Conry-Murray, C., Kim, J. M., & Turiel, E. (2015). Judgments of gender norm violations in children from the United States and Korea. Cognitive Development, 35, 122-136. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.04.002

Conry-Murray, C. (2013). Children's reasoning about gender-atypical preferences in different settings. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115 (1), 210-217.

Conry-Murray, C. & Turiel, E. (2012). Jimmy's baby doll and Jenny's truck: Young children's reasoning about gender norms. Child Development, 83 (1), 146-158. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01696.x

Smetana, J., Jambon, M., Conry-Murray, C., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2012). Reciprocal associations between young children's moral judgments and their developing theory of mind. Developmental Psychology, 48(4), 1133-1144 doi: 10.1037/a0025

Conry-Murray, C. (2009). Adolescent and adult reasoning about gender and fairness in traditional practices in Benin, West Africa. Social Development, 18 (2), 427-446. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2008.00462.x

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