Christina Rinaldi, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
6-137 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Dr. Rinaldi is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the following professional organizations: Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).


Dr. Rinaldi’s research focus is in the area of social and emotional learning and development of children and adolescents. Her professional and scholarly experience working in schools, hospitals, and community settings has informed her research. Dr. Rinaldi’s current research projects examine (a) children’s school readiness in both academic and non-academic areas, (b) how mother-child and father-child relationships promote adaptive social and academic behaviours over time, and (c) parents’ and students’ understanding of bullying and the various strategies and supports they use to help promote healthy relationships.

To learn more about her research projects and her mentorship of graduate students visit the Learning Engagement and Parenting (LEAP) lab website:

Featured Publications

Scott, J., Jaber, L. S., & Rinaldi, C. M.

Education Sciences. 2021 December; 11

Peer conflict resolution

Rinaldi, C. M., & Cheong, C.

Encyclopaedia of Child and Adolescent Development. 2020 January;

Walker, M. & Rinaldi, C. M.

Contemporary School Psychology. 2019 March; 24

Offrey, L. & Rinaldi, C. M.

International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. 2014 January;

Roger, K., Rinaldi, C. M., & Howe, N.

Infant and Child Development. 2012 January; 21 (6):646-666