College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Anthony Pellegrini

  • Professor Emeritus

Anthony Pellegrini

Ph.D., Ohio State University


Anthony Pellegrini's research and teaching are generally concerned with children’s development and include specific interests in children’s play, children's sex segregation, social dominance, and aggression. He also has methodological interests in direct behavioral observations. He and his students have studied preschool children's social dominance, sex segregation, and children’s uses of objects in play and as tools.

Awards and honors include: Fellow in APA (Educational and Developmental Psychology); Traveling Fellow of British Psychological Society; Fellow, National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy; NIH/Senior International Fellow; University of Georgia Creative Research Medal in Social Science. Spencer Foundation Graduate Student Mentor, 1999 and 2003.


Pellegrini, A. D. (2009). The role of play in human development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pellegrini, A. D. (2010).Play and games mean different things in an educational context. Nature, 467, 27.

Pellegrini, A. D., VanRyzin, M., Roseth, C., Bohn, C., Dupuis, D., Hickey, M. & Peshkam, A.  (2011). Behavioral and social cognitive processes in preschool children’s social dominance. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 248-257.

Pellegrini, A. D. & Hou, Y. (2011). The development of preschool children’s (Homo sapiens) uses of objects  and their role in peer group centrality. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125, 239-245.   

Pellegrini, A. D.,  Bohn-Gettler, C., Dupuis, D., Hickey, M., Roseth, C., & Solberg, D. An empirical examination of sex differences in scoring preschool children's aggression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109, 232-238.

Pellegrini, A. D. (2011)    ".. in the eye of the beholder” : Sex bias in observations and ratings of students’ aggression. Educational Researcher, 40, 281 - 286.

Pellegrini, A. D. (In press). Play. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.). Oxford handbook of developmental psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.