Lecturer in Department of Psychology
Luna's main field of research is the development of aggression and violence. In adults, we know that the best predictor of violence is psychopathic traits, which include a callous and remorseless use of others, and a manipulative and narcissistic interpersonal style. A callous-unemotional style has been found to be highly related to violence and aggression in both boys and girls. However, as a developmental psychopathologist, she believes that callous-unemotional traits can serve to identify youths at-risk for violence and problem behaviour. For example, she's interested in the emotional and social life of those children with callous-unemotional traits. She takes a view of normal development: how do callous-unemotional traits develop? Her other line of research looks at personality traits and particular relationships in women that may be related to illegal behaviour, getting people to have sex with them, or getting their dating partner to stay with them.