Toni Falbo is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and a Faculty Research Associate of Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Falbo earned the status of Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 1982 and Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology in 2009. She has served as President of Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and as President of the Southwestern Psychological Association. In 2007 she won the Newman-Proshansky Award from Division 34 for her contribution to the field of Population Psychology.
Falbo is most well-known for her research about sibling effects on a variety of outcomes, including academic achievement, psychological adjustment, and loneliness. Since 1978, she has published 38 journal articles and chapters about sibling effects, examining these effects within child, adolescent, adult, and elderly populations. She is internationally recognized as a leading expert on only children, including Chinese only children. In addition, Falbo has made significant contributions to the study of ethnic minority education and cross-cultural research. For example, in 1996 she published Latino High School Graduation, with Harriett D. Romo, and most recently she published an article comparing the family obligation values of Korean and American college students.
Falbo runs the Social Psychology and Human Development Lab: Siblings, Family & Culture.