Dr. DelPriore joined Penn State Altoona as a faculty member in 2018. She teaches Introductory Psychology, Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, and Biosocial Development.
Dr. DelPriore's recent research has focused on understanding the effects of fathers on daughters’ sexual behavior and risk taking. She is interested in the ways that early childhood environments, particularly experiences within the family, shape adolescent and adult development, decision-making, and behavior. Her work is guided by the assumption that variation in human development and related outcomes can be understood as functional (providing some potential benefit) within those contexts. Her research uses natural and randomized experimental designs to test these hypotheses. In addition to her work on fathers and daughters, Dr. DelPriore is interested in investigating: the effects of fathers on sons; relationships between early adversity and skill development among youth; and the effects of family contexts and other environmental factors on health-risk behaviors, including unhealthy eating and substance use. She encourages interested students to contact her regarding available research opportunities.
DelPriore, D. J., Schlomer, G. L., & Ellis, B. J. (2017). Impact of fathers on parental monitoring of daughters and their affiliation with sexually promiscuous peers: A genetically and environmentally controlled sibling study. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1330-1343. doi: 10.1037/dev0000327
DelPriore, D. J., Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Ellis, B. J., & Hill, S. E. (2018). The effects of paternal disengagement on women’s perceptions of male mating intent. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(2), 286-302. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000113
Hill, S. E., Prokosch, M. L., & DelPriore, D. J., Griskevicius, V., & Kramer, A. (2016). Low childhood socioeconomic status promotes eating in the absence of energy need. Psychological Science, 27, 354-364.
Hill, S. E., DelPriore, D. J., Rodeheffer, C. D., & Butterfield, M. E. (2014). The effect of ecological harshness on perceptions of the ideal female body size: An experimental life history approach. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 148-154.
DelPriore, D. J., & Hill, S. E. (2013). The effects of paternal disengagement on women’s sexual decision making: An experimental approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 234-246.
Ph D, Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University
MS, Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University
BA, Psychology, St. John's University