School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr. Ma Regina de Gracia

Phone: (03) 51226017
Gippsland 2W-279
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA

Teaching areas

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Counselling psychology/Professional practice
  • Lifespan development

Professional associations

  • International affiliate, American Psychological Association
  • Student subscriber, Australian Psychological Society
  • Student subscriber, APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
  • Fellow, British Higher Education Academy
  • Lifetime member, Psi Chi – US National Honor Society of Psychology (Boston chapter)

Research interests

Ria’s main research interests are within the broad field of developmental psychology. She is particularly interested in investigating the development of social cognitive understanding among typically developing and deaf children and adolescents. Within the domain of social cognition, she has researched the development of theory of mind and emotion understanding and examining the links with social functioning in the classroom.

Publications (last 5 years)

de Gracia, M. R. L., Peterson, C. C., & de Rosnay, M. (2016). A cultural conundrum: Delayed false belief understanding in Filipino children. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 47 (7), 929-940. DOI: 10.1177/0022022116655790

Conference participation

de Gracia, M. R. L. (2016). ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Forum 2016, 7 October. Sydney.

de Gracia, M. R. L., Peterson, C. C., & de Rosnay, M. (2016). Theory of mind development in Filipino preschool children. International Congress of Psychology, 24-29 July, Yokohama, Japan.

de Gracia, M. R. L., de Rosnay, M., & Peterson, C. C. (2016). Theory of mind development in deaf and hearing individuals: Early childhood to young adulthood. International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, 30 July – 3 August, Nagoya, Japan.

de Gracia, M. R. L. (2016). Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 25 November. Sydney.

de Gracia, M. R. L (2015). Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 18 November. Sydney.

de Gracia, M.R.L. (2010). 3rd ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies, 2-3 October. Malaysia.


2016 Conference grant, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

2016 First place, 3 minute thesis competition organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

2015 Best presentation, Psychology Postgraduate Conference, Sydney

2002 Dean’s Award, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

2001 Dean’s Award, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

1997 Cum laude, Ateneo de Manila University

1997 Departmental awardee, Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University