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:


Trauma-Informed School Strategies for SEL and ACE Concerns during COVID-19.

Author(s): Scott, J., Jaber, L. S., & Rinaldi, C. M.
Publication Date: 12/7/2021
Publication: Education Sciences
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 11
External Link:

Peer conflict resolution

Author(s): Rinaldi, C. M., & Cheong, C.
Publication Date: 1/15/2020
Publication: Encyclopaedia of Child and Adolescent Development
Page Numbers: 11

Children's social and emotional functioning and academic success in preschool: The role of internalizing problems and adaptive skills.

Author(s): Walker, M. & Rinaldi, C. M.
Publication Date: 3/5/2019
Publication: Contemporary School Psychology
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 25-33
External Link:

Parent-child communication and adolescents’ problem-solving strategies in hypothetical bullying situations

Author(s): Offrey, L. & Rinaldi, C. M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth

Gender Differences of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Internal State Language with their Young Children

Author(s): Roger, K., Rinaldi, C. M., & Howe, N.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Infant and Child Development
Volume: 21
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 646-666