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:


EDPY 523 - The Practice of School and Clinical Child Psychology

The course is intended to introduce students to the specialization of school and clinical child psychology. Topics discussed in this course include the history of school and clinical child psychology, exploration of professional identity, examination of foundational and functional competencies of practice and research, consideration of unique ethical issues in child psychology, and implementation of an evidence based practice approach. Restricted to students enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program.

EDPY 614 - Social and Emotional Development

Examines current theoretical, methodological, and applied issues in social and emotional behavioural development. Discussion of atypical development will also be incorporated.

EDPY 640 - Developmental Psychopathology

This course will provide students with the theoretical and empirical preparation necessary for advanced clinical training in the diagnosis of mental disorders and psychopathology. This course will emphasize methods of conceptualizing the diagnostic process, with particular focus on developmental psychopathology, differential diagnosis, and assessment that is closely linked to intervention. Students will develop familiarity with the clinical presentation and diagnostic criteria of major mental disorders as they are commonly encountered in practice, primarily as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as well as coverage of alternate diagnostic systems such as the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases. The course will explore both strengths and weaknesses of the medical model of pathology as it applies to educational and psychological problems, leaving students to formulate and establish their approach regarding its utility in clinical practice. Restricted to students enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology or Counselling Psychology programs.

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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