Meenakshi Menon

Meenakshi Menon | Assistant Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology (PhD)
  • San Francisco Beach St Campus

Research Interests

Gender role development; self-concept development; attachment relationships; cross-cultural psychology


Dr. Meenakshi Menon is a Professor in the San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD Program. She joined CSPP as an Assistant Professor in 2013, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Maine at Farmington (2011-13) and the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom (2008-11). Dr. Menon's research interests are centered on social and personality development during middle childhood and early adolescence. She is interested in gender role development, self-concept development, and attachment relationships, with a focus on how these constructs influence psychosocial well-being in childhood and adolescence. She has conducted quantitative studies on these research areas in the United States, United Kingdom, and India.


  • BA (Hons.) in Applied Psychology, Gargi College, University of Delhi
  • MA in Experimental Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
  • PhD in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University Emphasis in developmental psychology


  • PhD Advanced Statistics II
  • PhD Research Seminar: Child and Adolescent Well-Being
  • PhD Advanced Statistics I


  • Contributed two papers to a special issue of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, that received the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology
  • The British Academy, Small Research Grant (7419)
  • Pump-Priming Funds, Research and Enterprise Support, University of Surrey



Menon, M., *Moyes, H. C. A., & *Bradley, C. (2018). Interactive influences of narcissism and self-esteem on insecure attachment in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 38, 966-987. doi: 10.1177/0272431617704955 Menon, M. (2018). Does gender identity influence gender-typed relationship styles (or vice versa)? Examining direction of effects with a short-term longitudinal design. SAGE Research Methods Cases.doi:10.4135/9781526442598


Menon, M., & Pant, P. (2015). Are contingencies of self-worth associated with body image in Indian and British women? Psychological Studies. doi: 10.1007/s12646-014-0296-0


Cooper, P. J., Pauletti, R. E., Tobin, D. D., Menon, M., Menon, M., Spatta, B. C., Hodges, E. V. E., & Perry, D. G. (2013). Mother-child attachment and gender identity in preadolescence. Sex Roles, 69, 618-631. doi:10.1007/s11199-013-0310-3 Menon, M., Schellhorn, K., & Lowe, C. A. (2013). Interactive influences of gender identity and gender typing on early adolescents' adjustment. Psychological Studies, 58, 1-9.


Menon, M. (2012). Do relationship styles moderate influences of perceived maternal support on early adolescents' well-being? Psychological Studies, 57, 348-356. Pauletti, R. E., Menon, M., Menon, M., Tobin, D.D., & Perry, D.G. (2012). Narcissism and adjustment in preadolescence. Child Development, 83, 831-837.


Menon, M. (2011). Does felt gender compatibility mediate influences of self-perceived gender nonconformity on early adolescents' psychosocial adjustment? Child Development, 82, 1152-1162.


Tobin, D. D., Menon, M., Menon, M., Spatta, B. C., Hodges, E. V. E., & Perry, D. G. (2010). The intrapsychics of gender: A model of self-socialization. Psychological Review, 117, 601-622.


Menon, M., Tobin, D. D., Corby, B. C., Menon, M., Hodges, E. V. E., & Perry, D. G. (2007). The developmental costs of high self-esteem for antisocial children. Child Development, 78, 1627-1639. Menon, M., & Pant, P. (2007). Body image and adjustment in Indian women. Psychological Studies, 52, 332-338.



Menon, M., & Menon, M. (2017). Antisocial personality disorder and gender. In K. Nadal (Ed.)., The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender (pp.72-74). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:10.4135/9781483384269. Menon, M., & Menon, M. (2017). Gender self-socialization. In K. Nadal (Ed.). The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender (pp.734-736). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:10.4135/9781483384269. Menon, M. (2017). Multidimensional gender identity and gender-typed relationship styles in adolescence. Sex Roles, 76, 579-591. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0589-y Pauletti, R. E., Menon, M., Cooper, P. J., Aults, C. D., & Perry, D.G. (2017). Psychological androgyny and children's mental health: A new look with new measures. Sex Roles, 76, 705-718. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0627-9 Menon, M., Menon, M., Cooper, P. J., Pauletti, R. E., Tobin, D. D., Spatta, B. C., Hafen, C. A., Peets, K., Hodges, E. V. E., & Perry, D. G. (2017). Do securely and insecurely attached children derive feelings of well-being from different forms of gender identity? Social Development, 26, 91-108. doi:10.1111/sode.12191






Menon, M. & *Hannah-Fisher, K. (in press). Felt gender typicality and psychosocial adjustment in Indian early adolescents. International Journal of Behavioural Development

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