Monica Buta, PhD student

 

 

Professional Affiliation:

 

Developmental Psychology Lab

Department of Psychology

Babeș-Bolyai University

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

 

 

 

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Research domains: Developmental Science

Research interests:

  • Deceptive emotional expressions
  • Individual differences in anxiety
  • Emotion understanding and emotion recognition

Education:

  • 2015 – Present: PhD student in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Thesis: “Development and training of the ability to identify deceptive emotional expressions.” Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Laura Visu-Petra;
  • 2012-2014: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Thesis: “Emotion Understanding in School-Aged Children: Relation with Short-Term Memory, Working Memory and Internalizing Problems” Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Laura Visu-Petra;
  • 2009-2012: B. Sc., Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.

Professional experience:

  • September 2013 – present: research assistant: ”The connected lie: Longitudinal links between early deception skills, sociocognitive development and problematic behaviors in young children” (2013-2015) Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI, grant director: Assoc. Prof. dr. Laura Visu-Petra;

Awards and scholarships:

  • July 2016: ISSBD Travel award to attend the New and needed directions for the study of emotion regulation and its development workshop, during the 24th Biennial Meetinh of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Vilnius, Lithuania;
  • June 2016: Travel grant awarded by Jacobs Foundation and the Graduate School for Learning, Cognition & Memory to attend the CCLM Summer School Improving Cognition, Learning, and Memory in Healthy and Clinical Samples, Weggis, Switzerland;
  • September 2015: 2nd Place at the International poster competition: Buta, M., Ciornei, O., Fizeșan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). Deceptive skills in primary school age children: Relation with executive functions. The 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 8-12 September, Braga, Portugal.
  • September 2015: Jacobs Foundation Fellowship for Young Scientists - scholarship offered by European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP) for participating in the Scientific and Grant Writing workshop, during the 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 8-12 September, Braga, Portugal.
  • October 2013- July 2014: research scholarship no. 34829-52/2013 awarded by Babeş-Bolyai University, project title: “Deceptive behavior in relation with emotional development and internalizing/externalizing problems”, supervisor: dr. Laura Visu-Petra.

Publications:

  • Buta, M., Leva, D. S., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). Who Is the Tattletale? Linking Individual Differences in Socioemotional Competence and Anxiety to Tattling Behavior and Attitudes in Young Children. Early Education and Development, 26(4), 496-519, DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2015.1000717
  • Buta, M., Ciornei, O, Fizeșan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). Anxiety symptoms in primary school-age children: Relation with emotion understanding competences. In Moore, K., Howard, S., & Buchwald, P., (Ed.) (2015). Stress and Anxiety. Applications to Schools, Well-Being, Coping, and Internet Use. Berlin: Logos Verlag.

Posters and conference presentations:

  • Buta, M., Ciornei, O., Fizeşan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2016). A longitudinal study of children's ability to conceal information in relation to their executive functions, theory of mind and trait anxiety. 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Buta, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2016). Children's ability to conceal information: Relation with executive functioning. The CCLM Summer SchoolImproving Cognition, Learning, and Memory in Healthy and Clinical Samples: Interventions and Methodological Considerations”. Weggis, Switzerland.
  • Visu-Petra, L., Buta, M., Ciornei, O., Fizeşan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, G. (2016). Children's ability to conceal information: relations to memory and affective problems. Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Human Memory. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Fizeşan, C., Buta, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2016). Can you keep a secret? Implications for the cognitive and emotional development of children in a legal context [Poți păstra un secret? Implicații pentru dezvoltarea cognitivă și emoțională a copiilor în context judiciar]. PsyForensic Week. Timisoara, Romania.
  • Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L., Visu-Petra G., & Opre, A. (2015). Lie Acceptability across Development. Investigative Interviewing to Detect Lies and Truths. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Buta, M., Ciornei, O., Fizeșan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). Deceptive skills in primary school-age children: Relation with executive functions. 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Braga, Portugal.
  • Jurje, O., Buta, M., Ciornei, O., Fizeșan, C., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). The concealed information effect in primary school-aged children: Relations with cognitive development. Decepticon International Conference on Deceptive Behavior. Cambridge, UK.
  • Buta, M., Jurje, O., Fizeșan, C., Ciornei, O, & Visu-Petra, L. (2014). Internalizing problems: Relation with executive functions and emotion regulation in primary school-age children. 9th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, London, UK.
  • Buta, M., Ciornei, O, Fizeșan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2014). Anxiety in primary school-age children: relation with executive functions and emotional understanding. The 35th Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR) Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Ciornei, O., Fizeșan, C., Buta, M., Jurje, O. & Visu-Petra, L. (2014). Assessing the concealed information effect in primary school-aged children: Relations with cognitive development. European Association of Psychology and Law Conference (EAPL), Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • Visu-Petra, L. & Buta, M.  (2013). Children's reporting adult transgressions and their attitudes toward tattling. Social Relations - Social Psychology Conference 2013, Tampere, Finland;
  • Buta, M., Nariţa, A. M, Rognean, O. M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2013). Children’s attitudes towards lying: Do individual differences in social desirability and anxiety make a difference? The European Association of Psychology and Law 2013 Conference, Coventry, UK;
  • Buta, M. (2013). Children’s attitudes toward deception: direct and indirect measurements. Hands-on deception: A practical workshop on deception detection across the lifespan, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Buta, M., Leva, D., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012). Preschool Children's Tattling and Socio-Emotional Competencies. Workshop: Attention and executive functioning in high-trait anxiety: Implications for cognitive and academic performance, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Professional affiliation:

  • 2011- present: Research assistant, Developmental Psychology Lab, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca;
  • May 2015 - present: member of the EADP (European Association of Developmental Psychology) and the Young Researchers Union of the EADP;
  • February 2015 - present: member of the ISSBD (International Society for Behavioral Development);
  • August 2016 - present: member of the SRCD (Society for Research in Child Development);
  • 2014: member of the STAR (Stress and Anxiety Research Society).

 

Other professional experience:

  • 2016: member of the organizing committe for the ”Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Human Memory” Conference, Cluj-Napoca;
  • 2012: member of the organizing committee for the ANXCOGED workshop: “Attention and executive functioning in high-trait anxiety: Implications for cognitive and academic performance”, Cluj-Napoca;
  • 2009-2012: Volunteer, Association of Psychology Students from Romania, Cluj-Napoca;
  • 2012: member of the organizing committee for the “3rd International Conference of Psychology Students” Cluj-Napoca;
  • 2011: coordinator of the “Dezvoltă-ți cariera! (Develop your career!)” training program for students, Cluj-Napoca, http://non-formal.blogspot.ro/2011/04/dezvolta-ti-cariera-2011.html;
  • 2011: member of the organizing committee for the “2nd International Conference of Psychology Students” Cluj-Napoca, http://www.cispblog.blogspot.ro;
  • 2010:  member of the organizing committee for the “First International Conference of Psychology Students: Present-day Trends and Perspectives in Psychology” Cluj-Napoca.

Foreign Languages:

  • English – Language Certificate, C1-Advanced
  • German – Lower Intermediate