Prof. Aline Hitti

Aline Hitti

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-2175 Kalmanovitz Hall G47


Aline Hitti is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco. She completed her doctoral degree in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on children’s and adolescents’ social cognitive and moral development in intergroup contexts. She has authored and co-authored several chapters on social exclusion and intergroup peer relations, highlighting how morality is applied in these social contexts and across development. Her research has been funded by grants from the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Publications of her work can be found in several journals, including Child Development, Social Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.

PhD, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland
Development of social cognition and morality
Perceptions of social inequalities in children
Prejudice and stereotypes throughout development
Selected Publications

Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L. & Killen, M. (2017). "Minority and Majority Children’s Evaluations of Social Exclusion in Intergroup Contexts." In Handbook of Positive Development of Minority Children, eds. N.J. Cabrera & B. Leyendecker. The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-43645-6_17

Hitti, A. (2016). "Sociomoral Development." In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education, eds, D. Couchenour, & J.K., Chrisman. New York: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781483340333.n379

O’Brien, L., Hitti, A., Schaffer, E., Van Camp, A., Gilbert, P. & Henry, D. (2016). "Improving Girls’ Sense of Fit in Science: Increasing the Impact of Role Models." Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1-9. doi: 10.1177/1948550616671997

Hitti, A. & Killen, M. (2015). "Expectations About Ethnic Peer Group Inclusivity: The Role of Shared Interests, Group Norms, and Stereotypes." Child Development, 86, 1522–1537. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12393

Rutland, A., Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L., Abrams, D. & Killen, M. (2015). "When Does the In-Group Like the Out-Group? Bias Among Children as a Function of Group Norms." Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797615572758

Hitti, A., Mulvey, K.L., Rutland, A., Abrams, D. & Killen, M. (2014). "When is it Okay to Exclude a Member of the Ingroup? Children's and Adolescents’ Social Reasoning." Social Development, 23, 451–469. doi: 10.1111/sode.12047