Philip R. Costanzo

Philip R. Costanzo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida 1967


Research Interests: Research interests include (1) The development of children's ideas and beliefs about the social environment. This includes an interest in the underlying cognitive processes that mediate social reasoning skills, the relationship between parental beliefs and values and children's social perceptions social competence and social rule acquisition and its relationship to social conformity. (2) The relationships between adult values and motivations and depressive states. Also, how social-cognitive biases pertinent to affective disorders develop and are socialized by parental norms and family systems properties. (3) Psychological and social concomitants of obesity, overeating, self-restrictive eating, anorexia and bulimia. Particularly concerned with the relationship between cultural and sex-role norms pertaining to women and the emergence of eating disorders.

Clinical Interests: Community-school consultation, group psychotherapy, psycho- and "socio"-therapy with troubled and troublesome children and their families, individual adult psychotherapy and therapeutic strategies for working with distressed eating-disordered clients.

Hussong, AM, Langley, HA, Rothenberg, WA, Coffman, JL, Halberstadt, AG, Costanzo, PR, and Mokrova, I. "Raising grateful children one day at a time(Accepted)." Applied Developmental Science (May 9, 2018): 1-14. Full Text

Hussong, AM, Langley, HA, Thomas, TE, Coffman, JL, Halberstadt, AG, Costanzo, PR, and Rothenberg, WA. "Measuring gratitude in children(Accepted)." Journal of Positive Psychology (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Golonka, MM, Peairs, KF, Malone, PS, Grimes, CL, and Costanzo, PR. "Natural Peer Leaders as Substance Use Prevention Agents: the Teens' Life Choice Project." Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research 18.5 (July 2017): 555-566. Full Text

Rothenberg, WA, Hussong, AM, Langley, HA, Egerton, GA, Halberstadt, AG, Coffman, JL, Mokrova, I, and Costanzo, PR. "Grateful parents raising grateful children: Niche selection and the socialization of child gratitude." Applied developmental science 21.2 (January 2017): 106-120. Full Text

Gohar, D, Leary, MR, and Costanzo, PR. "Self-Presentational Congruence and Psychosocial Adjustment: A Test of Three Models." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 35.7 (September 2016): 589-608. Full Text

Halberstadt, AG, Langley, HA, Hussong, AM, Rothenberg, WA, Coffman, JL, Mokrova, I, and Costanzo, PR. "Parents' understanding of gratitude in children: A thematic analysis." Early Childhood Research Quarterly 36 (March 3, 2016): 439-451. Full Text

Costanzo, PR. "Conscientiousness in life course context: a commentary." Developmental psychology 50.5 (May 2014): 1460-1464. Full Text

Armstrong, JM, Ruttle, PL, Burk, LR, Costanzo, PR, Strauman, TJ, and Essex, MJ. "Early risk factors for alcohol use across high school and its covariation with deviant friends." J Stud Alcohol Drugs 74.5 (September 2013): 746-756.

Richman, LS, Boynton, MH, Costanzo, P, and Banas, K. "Interactive Effects of Discrimination and Racial Identity on Alcohol-Related Thoughts and Use." Basic and Applied Social Psychology 35.4 (July 1, 2013): 396-407. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fuemmeler, BF, Yang, C, Costanzo, P, Hoyle, RH, Siegler, IC, Williams, RB, and Ostbye, T. "Parenting styles and body mass index trajectories from adolescence to adulthood." Health Psychol 31.4 (July 2012): 441-449. Full Text


Hussong, AM, Langley, HA, Coffman, JL, Halberstadt, AG, and Costanzo, PR. "Parent socialization of children’s gratitude." Developing Gratitude in Children and Adolescents. January 1, 2017. 199-219. Full Text

Costanzo, PR, Hoyle, RH, and Leary, MR. "Personality, Social Psychology, and Psychopathology: Reflections on a Lewinian Vision." The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Selected Grants

MAD Lab (Moral Attitudes and Decisions Laboratory) awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016

Training in Psychological Intervention Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2006 to 2011

Determinants and Consequences of Alcohol Consumption awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2005 to 2011

Life-Paths, Substance Use, and Transition to Adulthood awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Minority Predoctoral Fellowship Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2003

Evaluating a Stage Model in the Prediction of Latinas' Cervical Cancer Screening Practices: The Role of Psychosocial and awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003