Under Review

  1. Ahn, S., Amemiya, J., & Heyman, G. D. (revise and resubmit). Children’s evaluative judgments of conformers and nonconformers. Infant and Child Development.

  2. Amemiya, J., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (under review). An unintended consequence of persistence narratives.

  3. Amemiya, J., *Widjanarko, K., *Chung, I., Bian, L., & Heyman, G. D. (under review). Children can represent complex social status hierarchies: Evidence from Indonesia.
    *Student mentee.

  4. Rett, A., Amemiya, J., Huang, B., Goldwater, M., & Walker, C. M. (under review). Children’s recognition of causal system categories among unique events.

Selected In Prep Manuscripts

  1. Amemiya, J., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (in prep). Manufacturing causal judgments via the selection of counterfactuals.

  2. Amemiya, J., *Sodré, D., & Heyman, G. D. (in prep). Developmental origins of race concepts in Brazil.

*Student mentee.

In Press/2022

  1. Zhao, Li, Wen, Amemiya, Fang, Compton, & Heyman (in press). Overheard evaluative comments: Implications for beliefs about effort and ability. Child Development.

  2. Amemiya, J., Mortenson, E., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (in press). Thinking structurally: A cognitive framework for understanding how people attribute inequality to structural causes. Perspectives on Psychological Science. PDF

  3. Amemiya, J., Mortenson, E., Ahn, S., Walker, C. M., & Heyman, G. D. (2022). Children acknowledge physical constraints less when actors behave stereotypically: Gender stereotypes as a case study. Child Development, 93, 72-83. doi:10.1111/cdev.13643 PDF

  4. Amemiya, J., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (2022). The role of alternatives in children’s reasoning about constrained choices. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Toronto, Canada: Cognitive Science Society.


  1. Yu, C., Qian, M. K., Amemiya, J., Fu, G., Lee, K., & Heyman, G. D. (2021). Young children form generalized attitudes based on one encounter with an outgroup member. Developmental Science. doi:10.1111/desc.13191 PDF

  2. Amemiya, J., Walker, C. M., & Heyman, G. D. (in press). Children’s developing ability to resolve disagreements by integrating perspectives. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.13603 PDF

  3. Heyman, G. D., Compton, A., Amemiya, J., Ahn, S., & Shao, S. (in press). Children’s reputation management and the challenge of learning what is socially valued. Current Directions in Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/09637214211009516 PDF

  4. Amemiya, J., *Liu, Z., Compton, B. J., & Heyman, G. D. (in press). Children’s judgments of positive claims people make about themselves. Infant and Child Development, 30, e2212. doi:10.1002/icd.2212 PDF

*Student mentee.

  1. Ahn, S., Amemiya, J., Compton, B. J., & Heyman, G. D. (in press). Children approve of lying to benefit someone else’s reputation. Cognitive Development, 56, Article 100960. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2020.100960 PDF

  2. Amemiya, J., Heyman, G. D., & Walker, C. M. (2021). How people make causal judgments about unprecedented societal events. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF

  3. Rett, A., Amemiya, J., Goldwater, M., Walker, C. M. (2021). Children's use of causal structure when making similarity judgments. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF

  4. Fine, A. D., Amemiya, J., Frick, P., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E. (2021). Perceptions of police from ages 13 to 22 among Black, Latino, and White justice-involved males. Law and Human Behavior, 3, 243-255. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000445 PDF


  1. Wang, M. T., Degol, J., Amemiya, J., Parr, A., & Guo, J. (2020). Classroom climate and children’s academic and psychological wellbeing: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Developmental Review, 57, Article 100912. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2020.100912 PDF

  2. Amemiya, J., Fine, A., & Wang, M. T. (2020). Trust and discipline: Adolescents’ institutional and teacher trust predict classroom behavioral engagement following teacher discipline. Child Development, 91, 661-678. doi:10.1111/cdev.13233 PDF

  3. Amemiya, J., *Mortenson, E., & Wang, M. T. (2020). Minor school infractions are not minor: School infractions for minor misconduct may increase adolescents’ defiant behavior and contribute to racial disparities in school discipline. American Psychologist, 75, 23-36. doi:10.1037/amp0000475 PDF

*Student mentee.

**Awarded Society for Research on Adolescence Student Poster Award

**Dissertation project was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship


  1. Fredricks, J., Parr, A., Amemiya, J., Wang, M. T., & Brauer, S. (2019). What matters for urban adolescents’ engagement and disengagement in school: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adolescent Research, 34, 491-527. doi: 10.1177/0743558419830638 PDF

  2. Wang, M. T., Degol, J., & Amemiya, J. (2019). Older siblings as academic socialization agents for younger siblings: Developmental pathways across adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 1218-1233. doi: 10.1007/s10964-019-01005-2 PDF

  3. Parr, A. P., Amemiya, J., & Wang, M. T. (2019). Student learning emotions in middle school mathematics classrooms: Investigating associations with dialogic instructional practices. Educational Psychology, 39, 636-658. doi:10.1080/01443410.2018.1560395 PDF

  4. Binning, K. B., Wang, M. T., & Amemiya, J. (2019). Persistence mindset among adolescents: Who benefits from the message that academic struggles are normal and temporary? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 269-286. doi:10.1007/s10964-018-0933-3

Shared first authorship. PDF


  1. Amemiya, J., & Wang, M. T. (2018). Why effort praise can backfire in adolescence. Child Development Perspectives, 12, 199-203. doi:10.1111/cdep.12284 PDF

  2. Amemiya, J., & Wang, M. T. (2018). African American adolescents’ gender and perceived school climate moderate how academic coping relates to achievement. Journal of School Psychology, 69, 127-142. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2018.05.001 PDF

  3. Galla, B., Amemiya, J., & Wang, M. T. (2018). Using expectancy-value theory to explain academic self-control. Learning and Instruction, 58, 22-33. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.04.004 PDF

  4. Salazar, A. M., Jones, K. R., Amemiya, J., Cherry, A., Brown, E., Catalano, R., & Monahan, K. C. (2018). Defining and achieving permanency among older youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 87, 9-16. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.02.006 PDF


  1. Wang, M. T., Chow, A., & Amemiya, J. (2017). Who wants to play? Sport motivation trajectories, sport involvement, and the development of depressive symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 1982-1998. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0649-9

Shared first authorship. PDF

  1. Amemiya, J., *Kieta, J., & Monahan, K. C. (2017). Adolescent offenders’ qualitative reflections on desistance from crime. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 765-781. doi:10.1111/jora.12313 PDF

*Student mentee.


  1. Amemiya, J., & Wang, M. T. (2016). Transactional relations between motivational beliefs and help seeking from teachers and peers across adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 1743-1757. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0623-y PDF

  2. Amemiya, J., VanDerhei, S., & Monahan, K. C. (2016). Parsing the persisters: Etiological mechanisms and criminal offense patterns of moderate- and high-level persistent offenders. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 819-835. doi:10.1017/S095457941600050X PDF

  3. Amemiya, J., Monahan, K. C., & Cauffman, E. (2016). Leaders and followers in juvenile offending: Distinguishing correlates and adjustment to incarceration. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43, 899-922. doi:10.1177/0093854815622660 PDF