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Robert Ricco

Robert Ricco

Department Chair, Professor


Office Phone(909) 537-5485
Office LocationSB-302F


Dr. Ricco received his B.A. in psychology from New York University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 1987 from Temple University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Center from 1986 to 1988 and held the position of visiting assistant professor at Vassar College from 1988 to 1992. Dr. Ricco has been a member of the psychology department at CSUSB since 1992 and served as department chair from 2011 to 2020.



Critical Thinking through Problems Analysis (105)

Developmental Psychology (201)

Psychology of Middle Childhood (320)

Cognitive Development (358)

Social and Personality Development (384)

Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology (421)

Advanced Experimental Psychology: Developmental (431)


Advanced Cognitive Development (651)

Advanced Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (646)

Graduate Seminar in Developmental Psychology (655)

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Ricco is active in writing and research - including student training and mentoring - and in teaching courses within the Psychology and Child Development undergraduate majors and the Child Development (M.A.) graduate program.

Primary Research Program: Reasoning

• Development of deductive (logical), inductive, defeasible, and dialogical (e.g., argumentative) forms of reasoning in childhood and adolescence.

• Dual process and developmental systems perspectives on reasoning and its development.

Secondary Research Program: Parent Cognition

• Parent cognition including parent beliefs about knowledge, learning, and development, and parents' motivational goals and expectations for their children.

• The relevance of parents' beliefs, goals, and expectations for their parenting practices and for children's attitudes toward school.