Irem Korucu

Fall 2014

Research Interests

Self-regulation, school readiness, social-emotional development in early childhood, family processes and parenting influences, development of children at risk, intervention

Current Research

I am currently working on my dissertation which focuses on examining the interplay between early contextual factor (e.g., family and school) and children’s executive function for understanding later academic success and social-emotional functioning.


  • 2014    MA, Developmental Psychology, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2012    BA, Psychology (Double Major), Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2012    BS, Chemistry, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey 


  • Schmitt, S. A., & Korucu, I. (in press). Self-regulation. In E. Braaton (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of intellectual and developmental disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Schmitt, S., Korucu, I., Jones, B., Snyder, F., Evich, C., & Purpura, D. (2017). Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children. Early Child Development and Care. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/03004430.2017.1299715

  • Schmitt, S. A., Lewis, K., Duncan, R., Korucu, I., & Napoli, A. (2017). The effects of Positive Action on preschool children’s social-emotional competence and health behaviors. Early Childhood Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10643-017-0851-0

  • Korucu, I., Yagmurlu, B., & Harma, M. (2016). Self-regulation: Relations with theory of mind and social behavior. Infant and Child Development, 26(3), 1-23. doi:10.1002/icd.1988

Selected Presentations

  • Korucu, I., Schmitt, S. A., Lewis, K., & Duncan, R. (2017, March). Positive action: Social-emotional skill and health behavior promotion intervention. Poster presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.

  • Korucu, I., Schmitt, S., & Snyder, F. (2017, April). Mindfulness and circle time activities to improve preschool children's self-regulation and dietary behaviors. Poster presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Vienna, Austria.

  • Korucu, I., & Schmitt, S. (2016, July). School readiness: The role of context and self-regulation. Poster presented at the National Research Conference on Early Childhood (RCEC), Washington, USA.

  • Korucu, I., & Schmitt, S. (2016, May). Classroom quality, home learning environment, environmental safety and school readiness. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA.

  • Korucu, I., Yagmurlu, B., & Harma, M. (2015, May). Executive function and effortful control: Relations with theory of mind and social behavior. In N. Eisenberg (Chair), How effortful control is related to social and cognitive development. Symposium paper presented at the 27th Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, USA.

  • Korucu, I., Yagmurlu, B., Harma, M., & Etel, E. (2014, April). The development of social competence in institution-reared children: A longitudinal analysis. Poster presented at the 18th National Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes (Online-Distance Learning Platform)

Advisor:  Dr. Sara Schmitt

Irem Korucu

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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