Anthony Volk, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies

Anthony Volk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
CRN - 347
(905) 688-5550 ext. 5368

Dr. Volk is a developmental psychologist interested in the area of parenting and child development. This is a broad area of research that lends itself to a broad scope of theoretical and methodological approaches. A strong believer in multidisciplinary studies, Dr. Volk's overall interest is to gain an evolutionary, neurological, medical, cultural, social, and historical understanding of why parents do what they do. Dr. Volk's degrees in biology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and developmental psychology reflect an effort to gain that comprehensive understanding. For more information on Dr. Volk's research, please visit his research page. There are four main areas in which Dr. Volk focuses his primary research: infant-parent interactions, First Nations parenting, adolescent bullying and the evolution of childhood.

For more information on Dr. Volk's research, please visit his research page.

Research Interests:

  • Bullying and Victimizaton
  • Parenting
  • Infant-Child Facial Cues
  • First Nations Parenting
  • Historical and Cross-Cultural Research
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Adoption


Recent Publications: 

Volk, A., Camilleri, J., Dane, A., & Marini, Z. (2012). If, when, and why bullying is adaptive. In T. Shackelford & V. Shackelford (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War. NY: Oxford University Press

Volk, A., Camilleri, J., Dane, A., & Marini, Z. (2012). Is adolescent bullying an evolutionary adaptation? Aggressive Behavior, 38, 222-238.

Ellis, B. J., Del Giudice, M., Dishion, T. J., Figueredo, A. J., Gray, P., Griskevicious, V., Hawley, P. H., Jacobs, J., James, J., Volk, A. A., & Wilson, D. S. (2012). The evolutionary basis of risky adolescent behavior: Implications for science, policy, and practice. Developmental Psychology, 48, 598-623.

Book, A. S., Volk, A. A., & Hosker, A. (2012). Adolescent bullying and personality: An adaptive approach. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 218-223.

Darrell-Cheng, C., Volk, A. A., & Marini, Z. A. (2011). Supporting fathers through infant massage. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 20, .

Volk, A. A. (2011). Evolution of the history of childhood. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 4, 470-493.

Dane, A., Marini, Z., Book, A., & Volk, A. (2011). Preventing bullying by tailoring parenting to childrens temperament: The case of children with Callous-Unempathic characteristics. Creating a World Without Bullying. PREVNet Series, Vol 3 (pp. 117-135). Ottawa, National Printers.

Volk, A. A. (2011). Adoption: Forms, functions, and preferences. In C. Salmon & T. Shackelford &  (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology (pp.113-127). NY: Oxford University Press.

Volk, A. A., Darrell-Cheng, C., Marini, Z. A. (2010). Paternal care may influence perceptions of paternal resemblance. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 516-529.

Volk, A. A. (2009). Human breastfeeding is not automatic: Why thats so and what it means for human evolution. Journal of Social and Cultural Evolutionary Psychology, 3, 305-314.

Marini, Z. A., Volk, A. A., & Dane, A.V. (2009). Parent-focused interventions for the prevention of bullying: Accommodating children with difficulties regulating emotions. D. Pepler and W. Craig (Eds.). Rise Up for Respectful Relationships (pp. 41-57). Ottawa, Canada: National Printers.

Volk, A. A. (2009). Chinese infant facial cues. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 225-240.

Volk, A. A. & Lagzdins, L. (2009). Bullying and victimization among adolescent girl athletes. Athletic Insight, 11, 15-33.

Volk, A. A. & Atkinson, J. (2008). Is child death the crucible of human evolution? Journal of Social and Cultural Evolutionary Psychology, 2, 247-260.

Marini, Z., Dane, A., & Volk, A. A. (2008). Understanding the complex experiences of bully/victims: The price of dual involvement in bullying and victimization., 1,1-3.

Volk, A. A., Lukjanczuk, J. M., & Quinsey, V. L. (2007). Perceptions of child facial cues as a function of child age. Evolutionary Psychology 5, 801-814.

Volk, A. A., & Quinsey, V. L. (2007). Parental investment and resemblance: Replications, revisions, and refinements. Evolutionary Psychology 5, 1-14.

Volk, A. A., Craig, W., Boyce, W., & King, M. (2006). Perceptions of parents, mental health, and school amongst Canadian adolescents from the provinces and the northern territories.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 21, 33-46.

Volk, A. A. & Quinsey, V. L. (2006). The influence of cues of high and low body weight on adults ratings in the Hypothetical Adoption Paradigm. The Scientific World Journal- Child Health & Human Development, 6, 1574-1582.

Volk, A. A., Craig, W., Boyce, W., & King, M. (2006). Adolescent risk correlates of bullying and different types of victimization. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 18, 375-386.

Volk, A. A., Lukjanczuk, J. M., & Quinsey, V. L. (2005). Influence of child and infant facial cues of low body weight on adults ratings of adoption preference, cuteness, and health. Infant Mental Health Journal, 26, 459-469.

Waller, K., Volk, A., & Quinsey V. L. (2004). The effect of infant fetal alcohol syndrome facial features on adoption preference. Human Nature, 15, 101-117.

Volk, A., & Quinsey V. L. (2002). The influence of infant facial cues on adoption preferences. Human Nature, 13, 437-455.