- Toni Falbo
Toni Falbo is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Faculty Research Affiliate of the Population Research Center. Falbo has served as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association since 1982 and a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology since 2009. She has held the position of President for the Southwestern Psychological Association as well as for Division 34 of the American Psychological Association. In 2007 Falbo won the Newman-Proshansky Award for her contributions to the field of Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology. Falbo runs the Social Psychological Approaches to East Asian and Asian American Education lab at UT Austin, and her work on only children is often featured on the BBC.
Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
M.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
B.A. in Psychology, George Washington University, 1968
Starting with work at the Kamehameha Schools in the early 1970's, Toni Falbo has continued to identify strategies to assist at-risk Latinx students in graduating high school, and the promotion of parental and school strategies to assist students making the transition from middle to high school. Falbo has also conducted research about school choice, and the benefits of Mayan education for adolescents in Guatemala. Falbo is a leading expert on only children, having conducted empirical research on their outcomes compared to those of other birth orders and sibship sizes for more than 40 years. Falbo has been engaged in collecting data about only children as schoolchildren or college students in China, and has conducted meta-analyses of only-child research published in the U.S. and China. Currently, Falbo is using Add Health to investigate sibling effects on obesity in adolescents and emerging adults.
Interim Graduate Advisor, Department of Educational Psychology(2018 - 2020)
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, Educational Psychology Department(2013 - 2018)
Faculty Advisor, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health(1992 - 1994)
President, Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology), American Psychological Association(1984 - 1985)
President, Southwestern Psychological Association(1983)
Departmenal Review Committee, Institutional Review Board, University of Texas
Falbo, T. & Rodgers, J. L. (2019). Population Psychology. Handbook of Population (2ed., pp. Chapter 19): Springer.
Falbo, T. (2018). Evaluations of the behavioral attributes of only children in Beijing, China: Moderating effects of gender and the one-child policy. Heliyon, 4(e00607). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00607. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00607.
Falbo, T. & Hooper, S. Y. (2015). China's only children and psychopathology: A quantitative synthesis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(3), 259–74. doi:10.1037/ort0000058.
Whittaker, T., Beretvas, S. & Falbo, T. (2014). Dyadic curve-of-factors model: An introduction and illustration of a model for longitudinal dyadic data.. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 21, 303–317.
Falbo, T. (2012). Only children: An updated review.. Journal of Individual Psychology, 68(1), 38–49.
Falbo, T. (2011). Mental health and relationships of college students with no siblings.. Journal of Guangxi University, 33(5), 10–14.
Falbo, T. & Lin, S. (n.d.). Birth order. Encyclopedia of Creativity (3ed., pp. Chapter 31): Elsevier.
Project with Yidan Wang; Collecting data from two Chinese middle schools comparing the loneliness of only children to that of their peers with siblings. We have analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data, and have found moderators of only-child loneliness.
Reactions to One-Child Parents (2016-present)
Project with Yiwen Yang, Shengjie Lin, and Huajian Gao; conducting six experiments to study reactions to young adults who choose to have two or one child.
Critical Comparisons (2018-present)
Project with Yiwen Yang; Conducting research about how parents use social comparison comments in responding to their adolescent's behavior in Chengdu, China, and the effect of these comments on adolescent's moods and motivation.
Project with Yidan Wang; studying the experience of shame for Chinese college students, and the effect of shame on academic motivation.
Project with Shengjie Lin; studying cultural variations in the meaning, antecedents, and consequences of perfectionism.
Project with Shengjie Lin; conducting research about sibling effects on obesity among U.S. adolescents, using Add Health data, a longitudinal study of adolescent and adult health. We have found that only children have higher Body Mass Indices than their peers with siblings, an effect probably caused by their greater consumption of fast food and more screen time.
Newman-Proshansky Award, American Psychological Association Division 34 (Population and Environmental Psychology) (2007)
Yookyung Lee (Committee Member)
Yookyung's research interests include the relationship between positive parenting behaviors (particularly fathering behaviors) and children's adjustment, how maternal and paternal warmth functions as a protective factor against children's behavior problems, and how such processes differ across cultures.
Shengjie Lin (Supervisor)
Shengjie Lin is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Psychology (Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences) and trainee at UT Population Research Center. His research interests focus on family (e.g., sibling status) and cultural factors that affect students' academic motivation (self-efficacy, task values, & mindset) and well-being (perfectionism, loneliness).
Yidan Wang (Supervisor)
Yiwen Yang (Supervisor)
My current interest of research focus on social comparisons among middle/high school adolescents and their parents. My research aims to understand if there's any association between parents' use of critical comparison and students' psychological and behavioral outcomes. I did interviews with middle and high school students in Chengdu, China on their parents' use of critical comparisons and consequential results. I'm now collecting and analyzing survey data on this project. Another part of my research is...
Huajian Gao (Supervisor)
|2019||Fall||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2019||Fall||EDP 350G: Adolescent Development|
|2019||Spring||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2018||Fall||EDP 382C: 4-Families & Ed In Three Culs|
|2018||Fall||EDP 350G: Adolescent Development|
|2018||Spring||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2018||Spring||EDP 350G: Adolescent Development|
|2017||Fall||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2017||Fall||EDP 350G: Adolescent Development|
|2017||Spring||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2016||Fall||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2016||Fall||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2016||Spring||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2016||Spring||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2015||Fall||EDP 382C: 2-Social Psychology|
|2015||Fall||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2015||Spring||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2014||Fall||EDP 381M: 2-Seminar In Social Psychology|
|2014||Fall||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|
|2014||Spring||EDP 381M: 2-Seminar In Social Psychology|
|2014||Spring||EDP 363M: 3-Adolescent Development|