Tony Volk

Professor

Anthony Volk

Office: CRN 347
905-688-5550 x5368
tony.volk@brocku.ca

Dr. Volk is a developmental scientist interested in the area of parenting, bullying and personality. These broad areas of research lend themselves 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.

  • Bullying and Victimizaton
  • Parenting
  • Infant-Child Facial Cues
  • Personality and Psychopathy
  • Historical and Cross-Cultural Research
  • Evolutionary and Ecological Psychology
  • Franklin, P., & Volk, A. A. (2017). A review of infants’ and children’s facial cues’ influence on adults’ perceptions and behaviours. Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences. 1-26.
  • Volk, A.A., Veenstra, R., & Espelage, D. L. (2017). So you want to study bullying? Recommendations for enhancing the validity, transparency, and compatibility of bullying research. Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 36, 34-43.
  • Visser, B. A., Book, A., & Volk, A. (in press). Measuring the next president’s personality using an expert raters method. Sage Research Methods Cases Psychology.
  • Volk, A. A. (2017). Bullying when it’s hot? The CLASH model and climatic influences on bullying. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 40, E40.
  • Farrell, A., Schiralli, K., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Factors that influence bullying. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-4). New York: Springer.
  • Volk, A. A. (2017). Adoption Preferences. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-4). New York: Springer.
  • Volk, A. A. (2017). Forms of Adoption. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp.1-5). New York: Springer.
  • Volk, A. A. (2017). Function of Adoption. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-5). New York: Springer.
  • Volk, A. A. (2017). Consolidating familial power. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp.1-2). New York: Springer.
  • Franklin, P., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Resemblance. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp.1-3). New York: Springer.
  • Franklin, P., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Evolutionary paradox: Adoption. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-9). New York: Springer.
  • Marini, Z. A., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Towards a Transdisciplinary Blueprint to Studying Bullying. Journal of Youth Studies, 20, 94-109.
  • Visser, B.A., Book, A.S., & Volk, A.A. (2017). Is Hillary dishonest and Donald narcissistic? A HEXACO analysis of the presidential candidates’ public personas. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 281-286.
  • Farrell, A., Provenzano, D., Dane, A. V., Marini, Z. A., &  Volk, A. A. (2017). Maternal knowledge, adolescent personality, and bullying. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 413-416.
  •  Bastien, M., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Boys physical bullying. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-4). New York: Springer.
  • Provenzano, D., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Boys bully more than girls. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-4). New York: Springer.
  • Farrell, A., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Same-sex school bullying. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-6). New York: Springer.
  • Franklin, P., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Paternity uncertainty and investment in sons and daughters. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-3). New York: Springer.
  •  Mularczyk, K., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Girls psychological bullying. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shakelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-3). New York: Springer.
  • Dane, A. V., Marini, Z. A., Volk, A. A., & Vaillancourt, T. (2017). Physical and relational bullying and victimization: Differential relations with adolescent dating and sexual behaviour. Aggressive Behaviour, 43, 111-122.
  • Volk, A. A., Marini, Z. A., & Dane, A. V. (2016). The relations between incivility and adolescent health and wellbeing. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 3, 79-86.
  • Book, A., Methot, T., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., Volk, A., Visser, B., Holden, R., & d’Agata, M. (2016). Psychopathic traits and the Cheater-Hawk hypothesis.Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-23.
  • Spadafora, N., Provenzano, D., Farrell, A., Marini, Z., & Volki, A. A. (2016). Temperamental differences and classroom incivility: Exploring the role of individual differences. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.1-19.
  • Ellis, B., Volk, A., Gonzalez, J-M., & Embry, D. (2015). An evolutionary approach to reducing bullying: Theoretical bases and presentation of the Meaningful Roles Intervention. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 622-637.
  • Farrell, A., Provenzano, D., Spadafora, N., Marini, Z., & Volk, A. (2016). Measuring adolescent differences in intentional and unintentional incivility with the Classroom In/Civility Questionnaire. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34, 577-588.
  • Volk, A. A., Farrell, A., Franklin, P., Mularczyk, K., & Provenzano, D. (2016). Adolescent school bullying: An evolutionary perspective. In D. Geary & D. Berch (Eds). Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education (pp. 167-191). Switzerland: Springer.
  • Book, A., Visser, B., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., Methot-Jones, T., Gautier, N., Volk, A. A., Holden, R. R., & D’Agata, M. (2016). Unpacking more “Evil”: What is at the core of the Dark Tetrad? Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 269-272.
  • Volk, A. A., Dane, A. V., Marini, Z. A., & Vaillancourt, T. (2015). Adolescent bullying, dating, and mating: Testing an evolutionary hypothesis. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 1-11.
  • Volk, A. A., Della Cioppa, V., Earle, M., & Farrell, A. (2015). Social competition and bullying: An adaptive socio-ecological perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill, L. Welling, & T. Shackelford (Eds.) Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology(p.387-399)Springer.
  • Farrell, A. H., Brook, C., Dane, A. V., Marini, Z. A., & Volk, A. A. (2015). Relations between Adolescent Ratings of Rothbart’s Temperament Questionnaire and the HEXACO Personality Inventory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 163-171.
  • Book, A. Visser, B. A., & Volk, A. A. (2015). Unpacking “Evil”: Claiming the core of the Dark Triad. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 73, 29-38.
  • Volk, A. A., Dane, A., V., & Marini, Z. A. (2014). What is bullying? A theoretical redefinition. Developmental Review, 34, 327-343.
  • Farrell, A. H., Della Cioppa, V., Volk, A. A., & Book, A. S. (2014). Predicting bullying heterogeneity with the HEXACO Model of personality. International Journal of Advances in Psychology, 2, 30-39.
  • Volk, A. A., & Atkinson, J. A. (2013). Infant and child death in the human environment of evolutionary adaptation. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 34, 182-192.
  • Dane, A., Kennedy, R., Spring, M., Volk, A., & Marini, Z. (2012). Adolescent beliefs about antisocial behaviour: Mediators and moderators of links with parental monitoring and attachment. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 4, 4-26.
  • 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 Behaviour, 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 behaviour: 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, 200-209.
  • 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 children’s 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 that’s 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. Education.com, 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.