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William Fabricius

WILLIAM.FABRICIUS@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
Psychology
Faculty
Mail Code: 1104

PSY B288 (Map)
(480)965-9372

Bio

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984

Research Interests

One of Fabricius' areas of research is children’s social cognitive development, in particular the development of children’s “theory of mind”. The topics he studies include young children’s early linguistic references to mental states, preschoolers’ reasoning about knowledge and belief and how that relates to their social behavior, and school-age children’s and high schoolers’ understanding of the interpretative nature of mental processes and how that relates to their understanding of conflict and their aggressive behavior.

Another area of research is father-child relationships, especially in divorced families. Fabricius is interested in the impact of these relationships on children’s health and well–being, and in the implications this research can have for social policy. Part of this work is in the context of a funded longitudinal study of fathers and stepfathers, and includes both quantitative and qualitative methods such as narrative analysis.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 341 Developmental Psychology
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis
PSY 790 Reading and Conference
PSY 792 Research
PSY 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 591 Seminar

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 341 Developmental Psychology

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Eggum, N. D., Eisenberg, N., Kao, K., Spinrad, T. L., Bolnick, R., Hofer, C., Kupfer, A. S., & Fabricius, W. V.. Emotion understanding, theory of mind, and prosocial orientation: Relations over time in early childhood.. Journal of Positive Psychology (2011).

  2. Leidy, M.K., Schofield, T.J., Miller, M.A., Parke, R.D., Coltrane, S., Braver, S. L., Cookston, J., Fabricius, W., Delia Saenz, D., Adams, M.. Fathering and adolescent adjustment: Variations by family structure and ethnic background. Fathering (2011).

  3. Fabricius, W.V., Boyer, T., Weimer, A.A., & Carroll, K.. True or false: Do 5-year-olds understand belief?. Developmental Psychology (2010).

  4. Book chapter: Fabricius, W.V., Braver, S.L., Diaz, P., & Velez, C.. Custody and Parenting Time: Links to Family Relationships and Well-Being After Divorce. The Role of the Father in Child Development. Wiley (2010).

  5. Schenck, C.E., Braver, S.L., Wolchik, S.A., Saenze, D., Cookston, J.T., Fabricius, W.V.. Relations between mattering to step- and non-residential fathers and adolescent mental health. Fathering (2009).

  6. William Fabricius, L Luecken. Post-divorce living arrangements, parent conflict, and long-term physical health correlates for children of divorce. Journal of Family Psychology (2007).

  7. William Fabricius, Sanford Braver. Relocation, parent conflict, and domestic violence: Independent risk factors for children of divorce. Journal of Child Custody (2006).

  8. J Denton, William Fabricius. Reality check: Using newspapers, police reports, and court records to assess defensive gun use. Injury Prevention (2004).

  9. William Fabricius, J Denton. Authors' Reply. Injury Prevention (2004).

  10. William Fabricius, S Braver. Expenditures on children and visitation time: A reply to Garfinkel, Mclanahan and Wallerstein. Family Courts Review (2004).

  11. J Alexander, William Fabricius, V Fleming, M Zwahr, S Brown. The development of meta cognitive causal explanations. Learning and Individual Differences (2003).

  12. L Luecken, William Fabricius. Physical health vulnerability in adult children from divorced and intact families. Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2003).

  13. Sanford Braver, I Ellman, William Fabricius. Relocation of children after divorce and children's best interests: New evidence and legal considerations. Journal of Family Psychology (2003).

  14. William Fabricius. Listening to children of divorce: New findings on living arrangements, college support and relocation that rebut Wallerstein, Lewis and Blakeslee (2000). Family Relations (2003).

  15. William Fabricius, S Braver. Non-child support expenditures on children by nonresidential divorced fathers: Results of a study. Family Courts Review (2003).

  16. William Fabricius, S Kahlil. False beliefs or false positives? Limits on children's understanding of mental representations. Journal of Cognition and Development (2003).

  17. Book chapter: Fabricius, William Van (Author) ,Parke, R D (Author) ,Coltrane, S (Author) ,Powers, J (Author) ,Adams, M (Author) ,Braver, S (Author) ,Saenz, D A (Author) . Measuring father involvement in Mexican-American families. Conceptualizing and Measuring Father Involvement. Erlbaum (2003).

  18. William Fabricius, J Hall. Young adults' perspectives on divorce: Living arrangements. Family and Conciliation Courts Review (2000).

  19. Book chapter: Fabricius, William Van (Author) ,Imbens-Bailey, A L (Author) . False beliefs about false beliefs. Children's reasoning about the mind. Psychology Press (2000).

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Presentations

  1. Fabricius, W. V., Bolnick, R.R., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T.L., & Weimer, A.A. A bigger, better test of understanding belief. Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Sep 2009).
  2. Fabricius, W. V., Carroll, K., Weimer, A. A., & Boyer, T. Removing belief information from false belief tasks does not affect young children’s performance.. Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2009).
  3. Finlay, A.K., Cookston, J.T., Saenze, D., Baham, M.E., Parke, R.D. Fabricius, W.V. Attributions of fathering behaviors among adolescents: The role of depressive symptoms, ethnicity, and family structure. Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2007).
  4. Schenck, C. E., Braver, S. L, Wolchik, S. A., Saenz, D., Cookston, J. T., Fabricius, W. V. Relations between mattering to step- and non-residential fathers and adolescent mental health. Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2007).
  5. Weimer, A. A., Fabricius, W. V. Family background differences in Mexican- and Anglo-American adolescents' theory of mind development. Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2007).
  6. Bolnick, Rebecca, Walters, H., Spinrad, Tracy, Eisenberg, Nancy, Fabricius, William Longitudinal contributions of social competence and inhibitory control to children's reasoning about beliefs.. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. (Mar 2007).
  7. Fabricius, William, Horowitz, K A biopsychosocial model of stress-related health outcomes in young adults from divorced families: The roles of parent conflict and time with father. Paper presented at the International Conference on Children and Divorce. (Jul 2006).
  8. Bolnick, R, Walters, H, Weimer, A, Fabricius, William Children's understanding of beliefs: Evidence from epistemic terms. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Oct 2005).
  9. Fabricius, William Invited presentation: Perspectives on Parental Alienation. Maricopa County Bar Association, Seminar: New Family Court. (May 2005).
  10. Fabricius, William, Luecken, L Time with father, parental conflict, and long-term health consequences for children of divorce. Examining the impact of fathers on child adjustment following divorce: The role of inter parental conflict, (B.A. McBride, Chair) to the meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2005).
  11. Weimer, A, Fabricius, William, Sokol, K, Cookston, J, Saenz, D First findings on a new narrative instrument for assessing the father-child relationship in young adolescents. Poster presented to the meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2005).
  12. Bolnick, R, Fabricius, William What does Maxi think? Children's answers in explanation belief tasks. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Oct 2003).
  13. Weimer, A, Fabricius, William Young children's understanding of false beliefs using modified tasks. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Oct 2003).
  14. Fabricius, William, Cookston, J, Saenz, D A new narrative instrument for measuring father involvement and its meaning to young adolescents. Poster presented to the meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2003).
  15. Fabricius, William New thoughts on relocation. Workshop presented at the Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference. (Feb 2003).
  16. Fabricius, William Research review: The latest research in family law, part II. Workshop presented at the Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference. (Feb 2003).
  17. Fabricius, William Research update. Workshop presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Fifth International Congress on Parent Education and Access Programs. (Nov 2002).
  18. Braver, S, Fabricius, William, Sandler, I, Ahrons, C The legacy of divorce: Controversies, clarifications, and consequences. Workshop presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. (Jun 2002).
  19. Schwanenflugel, P, Perault, S, Fabricius, William, Hsieh, J Constructivist Theory of Mind and Social Problem Solving in High Schoolers. Poster presented at the Second Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Oct 2001).
  20. Fabricius, William, Boyer, T False beliefs or false positives? Limits on children's understanding of mental representation. True or False: Do 4- & 5-Year-Olds Really Understand Belief? Second Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. (Oct 2001).
  21. Fabricius, William, Boyer, T Young Children's Difficulty With True Beliefs. Poster presented to the meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2001).
  22. Fabricius, William Discussant's Comments. The Future of the False Belief Task (O. Friedman, & E. Winner, Chairs) to the meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development. (Apr 2001).
  23. Parke, R, Coltrane, S, Powers, J, Adams, M, Fabricius, William, Braver, S, Saenz, D Measurement of Father Involvement In Mexican-American Families. Paper presented at the Workshop on Measuring Fathers' Involvement. (Feb 2001).
  24. Braver, S, Fabricius, William, Guidubaldi, J, Pasley, K Divorced dads: What the latest research shows. Workshop presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. (Jun 2000).
  25. Fabricius, William Invited presentation. AZ Judicial Conference.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Fabricius,William Van * , Braver,Sanford L , Luecken,Linda J , . EFFECTS AND MEANING OF FATHERS FOR ADOLESCENTS: ASU SITE. HHS-NIH-NIMH (8/1/2009 - 6/30/2014).
  2. Braver,Sanford L * , Fabricius,William Van , Saenz,Delia Sonia , . EFFECTS AND MEANING OF FATHERS FOR ADOLESCENTS: ASU SITE. HHS-NIH-NIMH (8/8/2002 - 6/30/2008).
  3. Fabricius,William Van * . THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONCEPTS OF MENTAL ACTIVITY. HHS-NIH-NICHD (5/1/1991 - 4/30/1995).

* principal investigator

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Service

  1. AZ State Supreme Court, Invited presentation to the "Families in Arizona’s Courts 2010" Conference (2010 - present)
  2. Southern Arizona Family Law Judicial Conference, Tucson, AZ, Invited presentation to continuing education conference for AZ Family Law judges and Commissioners (2010 - present)
  3. Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Invited Plenary Presentation at the Annual Conference, Sedona, Jan 2010 (2010 - present)
  4. National Institutes of Health / Center for Scientific Review, Reviewer for Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section (2009 - present)
  5. Committee on Committees / Academic Senate, member (2008 - present)
  6. Committee on Committees / Academic Senate, member (2008 - present)
  7. ASU Family Resources Advisory Board, member (2008 - present)
  8. ASU Family Resources Advisory Board, member (2008 - present)
  9. ASU Family Resources Advisory Board, member (2008 - present)
  10. Developmental Psychology Program, Area Head (2006 - present)
  11. Various journals in developmental and family psychology, Ad hoc reviewer (2005 - present)
  12. Various journals in developmental and family psychology, Ad hoc reviewer (2005 - present)
  13. Academic Senate, Department Representative from Psychology (2004 - present)
  14. Academic Senate, Department Representative from Psychology (2004 - present)
  15. Academic Senate, Department Representative from Psychology (2004 - present)
  16. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate, Senator from Psychology (2004 - present)
  17. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate, Senator from Psychology (2004 - present)
  18. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate, Senator from Psychology (2004 - present)
  19. Domestic Relations Committee, AZ State Supreme Court, Member (2003 - present)
  20. Domestic Relations Committee, AZ State Supreme Court, Member (2003 - present)
  21. Domestic Relations Committee, AZ State Supreme Court, Member (2003 - present)
  22. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers, Editorial Board Member (2003 - present)
  23. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers, Editorial Board Member (2003 - present)
  24. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers, Editorial Board Member (2003 - present)
  25. Developmental Psychology Program, Area Head (2006 - 2009)
  26. Faculty Senate/Provost Retention Task Force, member (2008)
  27. Developmental Psychology Program, Area Head (2004 - 2007)
  28. School of Family and Human Dynamics, Faculty search committee member (2006)
  29. Faculty Evaluation Committee, Department of Psychology, Member (2005)
  30. Developmental Psychology Graduate Training Program, Area Head (2004)
  31. Search Committee Southwest Boardlands Initiative, Member (2004)
  32. Beta of Arizona chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Arizona State University, Vice President (2002 - 2003)
  33. Search Committee in Developmental Psychology, Chair (2002 - 2003)
  34. AZ Concilliation Court Roundtable, Invited member of a debate on custody reform (ended 2003)
  35. Phi Beta Kappa Society, ASU Chapter, Vice President (ended 2003)
  36. Beta of Arizona chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Arizona State University, President (2001 - 2002)

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  • Family Issues; divorce, custody policy, fathers