Who is Dr. Barbara Morrongiello?

Dr. Morrongiello

As a scientist and practitioner (i.e., Registered Psychologist), I have interests in both basic and applied research. My basic research interests include advancing our knowledge of young children’s understanding of safety rules, determining how peers influence one another to engage in injury-risk behaviors during play, and identifying factors that increase children’s risk of being hit by cars when crossing streets on their own. My applied research interests are broad and include issues relevant to adolescent well being (e.g., eating disorders, peer and parental influences on risk taking behaviours), determining the best approaches to teaching young children about injury risk and safety practices, and identifying factors that lead parents to adopt or ignore safety precautions that could prevent in-home injuries to young children. I also have interests in children's coping and, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Gottlieb, I am studying how parents socialize children to cope with day-to-day events that lead to emotional upset (e.g., teasing), and how child temperament and parent-child relationship variables moderate the impact of parents' efforts to teach their child how to cope. My coping research also includes work concerning how children and families cope with critical health issues (e.g., a diagnosis of a terminal illness). 

My research is disseminated to various health practitioners through the publication of articles in scholarly journals. A few of my more recent publications include:


Morrongiello, B. A., Bell, M., Park, K., & Pogrebtsova, K. (2016). Evaluation of the Safety Detective program: A classroom based intervention to increase kindergarten children’s understanding of home safety hazards an injury-risk behaviors to avoid. Prevention Science, 17(1), 102-111.

Morrongiello, B. A., & Corbett, M. (2016). Parents’ perspectives on preschool children’s in-home falls:Implication for injury prevention. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 11(2), 136-145.

Morrongiello, B. A., McArthur, B. A., & Spence, J. R. (2016). Understanding gender differences in childhood injuries: Examining longitudinal relations between parental reactions and boys’ versus girls’ injury risk behaviors. Health Psychology, 35(6), 523-530.

Morrongiello, B. A., Cox, A., Scott, R., & Sutey, S. E. (2016). Children’s understanding of no driving warning signs: Implications for preventing childhood injury. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), 669.


Morrongiello, B. A., & Corbett, M. (2015). Using a virtual environment to study child pedestrian behaviors: A comparison of parents’ expectations and children’s street crossing behavior. Injury Prevention, 21(5), 291-295.

Morrongiello, B. A., Corbett, M., Milanovic, M., & Beer, J. (2015). Using a virtual reality environment to examine how children cross streets: Advancing our understanding of how injury risk arises. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(2), 265-275.

Morrongiello, B. A., Corbett, M., Switzer, J., & Hall, T. (2015). Using a virtual reality environment to study pedestrian behaviors: How does time pressure affect children’s and adults’ street crossing behaviors? Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(7), 697-703.

Morrongiello, B. A., Corbett, M., Milanovic, M., & Vierich, R. (2015). Innovations in using virtual reality to study how children cross streets in traffic: Evidence for evasive action skills. Injury Prevention, 21(4), 266-270.

Morrongiello, B. A., & Kane, A. (2015). An evaluation of the Cool 2 Be Safe program: An evidence-based community disseminated program to positively impact children’s beliefs about injury risk on playgrounds. Prevention Science, 16(1), 61-69.


Morrongiello, B. A., Bell, M., Butac, M., & Kane, A. (2014). What features of images affect parents’ appraisal of safety messages? Examining images from the A Million Messages programme in Canada. Injury Prevention, 20(1), 16-20.

Morrongiello, B. A., McArthur, B. A., & Bell, M. (2014). Managing children’s risk of injury in the home: Does parental teaching about home safety reduce young children’s hazard interactions? Accident and Analysis Prevention, 71, 194-200.

Morrongiello, B. A., McArthur, B. A., Goodman, S., & Bell, M. (2014). Don’t touch the gadget because it’s hot! Mothers’ and children’s behavior in the presence of a contrived hazard at home: Implications for supervising children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(1), 85-95.

Morrongiello, B. A., Widdifield, R., Munroe, K., & Zszieborski, D. (2014). Parents teaching young children home safety rules: Implications for childhood injury risk. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35(3), 254-261.

Morrongiello, B. A., Schell, S. L., & Stewart, J. (2014). Older siblings as potential supervisors of younger siblings: Sibling supervisors’ recognition of injury-risk behavior and beliefs about supervisee risk taking and potential injury outcomes. Child: Care, Health and Development, 41(4), 581-586. 

Morrongiello, B. A., Sadomieski, M., & Spence, J. R. (2014). Changes over swim lessons in parents’ perceptions of children’s supervision needs in drowning risk situations: “His swimming has improved so now he can keep himself safe”. Health Psychology, 33(7), 608-615.

Morrongiello, B. A., Stewart, J., Pope, K., Pogrebtsova, E., & Boulay, K. J. (2014). Exploring relations between positive mood state and school-age children’s risk taking. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(4), 406-418.

Phelan, K. J., Morrongiello, B. A., Khoury, J. C., Xu, Y., Liddy, S., & Lanphear, B. (2014). Maternal supervision of children during their first 3 years of life: The influence of maternal depression and child gender. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(3), 349-357.


Morrongiello, A. B., Zdzieborski, D., Sandomierski, M., & Munroe, K. (2013). Results of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the efficacy of the Supervising for Home Safety program: Impact on mothers' supervision practises. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 50, 587-595.  

Lasenby-Lessard, J., Morrongiello, B. A., & Barrie, D. (2013). The impact of accumulated experience on children's appraisals of risk and risk taking decisions: Implications for youth injury prevention. Health Psychology, 32(4), 370-378.

Morrongiello, B. A., McArthur, B. A., Kane, A., & Fleury, R. (2013). "Only kids who are fools would do that!" Peer social norm influence children's risk taking. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(7), 744-755.

Morrongiello, B. A., & Schell, S. (2013). "You have to listen to me because I'm in charge": Explicit instruction improves sibling supervision. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(3), 342-350.

Morrongiello, B. A., Schwebel, D. C., Stewart, J., Bell, M., Davis, A. L., & Corbett, M. R. (2013). Examining parents' behaviors and supervision of their children in the presence of an unfamiliar dog: Does The Blue Dog intervention improve parent practices? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 54, 108-113.

Morrongiello, B. A., Zdzieborski, D., & Stewart, J. (2012). Supervision in agricultural settings: Implications or injury risk and prevention. Journal of Agromedicine, 17(2), 1-14.


Barton, B. K., & Morrongiello, B. A. (2011). Examining the impact of traffic environment and executive functioning on children's pedestrian behaviors. Developmental Psychology, 47(1), 182-191.

Morrongiello, B. A., Kane, A., & Bell, M. (2011). Advancing our understanding of mother's safety rules for school-age children. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102(6), 455-458. 


Morrongiello, B. A., Zdzieborski, D., & Norman, J. (2010) Understanding gender differences in children's risk taking and injury: A comparison of mothers' and fathers' reactions to sons and daughters misbehaving in ways that lead to injury. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(4), 322-329.