Hannah Heinzekehr | July 9, 2020
Mary Tarsha had a busy year. In addition to passing her comprehensive exams with distinction this spring, Tarsha, a doctoral student in peace studies and psychology at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, co-authored two book chapters and three journal articles. She also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning for her work with undergraduate students during the spring semester.
In the Fall 2019 issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, Tarsha and her advisor Darcia Narvez, professor of psychology and Kroc Institute faculty fellow, co-authored the first in a series of articles focusing on strategies for developing children’s capacity to be peaceable. The newly-published research draws on data Narvez has collected for over a decade from interactions between mothers and children.
“Peaceableness is marked by the ability to self-regulate, to practice compassion, forgiveness and empathy, among other traits,” said Tarsha. “A person’s capacity to be peaceable is largely influenced by the type of care they’ve received in childhood, especially in the early years.”
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