Research: Toni Serafini


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Toni Serafini
Associate Professor
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Educational Background:

B.A. St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo 1993


M.Sc. University of Guelph 2000


Ph.D. University of Guelph 2007


Scholary Publications Fund

St. Jerome's University

2011 - 2012


Faculty Research Fund

St. Jerome's University

2010 - 2011


Faculty Research Fund

St. Jerome's University

2009 - 2010


SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship




Ontario Graduate Scholarship


Research Activity:

Journal Articles

Sica, L. S., Crocetti, E., Ragozini, G., Aleni Sestito, L., & Serafini, T. E. (2015).  Future-oriented or present-focused? The role of social support and identity styles on the future orientation of late adolescents and emerging adults. Youth and Society JournalDOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1059925

Rye, B.J., Serafini, T., & Bramberger, T.R. (2015). Erotophobic or Erotophilic: What are young women's attitudes toward BDSM?. Psychology & Sexuality, DOI:10.1080/19419899.2015.1012108

Serafini, T. E., & Maitland, S. B. (2013).  Validating Functions of Identity Scale: Addressing methodological and conceptual matters.  Psychological Reports, 112 (1), 160-183.

Crocetti, E., Sica, L.S.,  Schwartz, S.J., Serafini, T.E., & Meeus, W. (2013). Identity styles, processes, statuses, and functions: Making connections among identity dimensions.  European Review of Applied Psychology63, 1-13.

Serafini, T. & De Santis, C. (2011). Undergraduate students identify what fosters critical self-reflection in higher learning. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning, Volume 2.Waterloo, ON: Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Waterloo.

Crocetti, E., Sica, L. S., Schwartz, S. J., Serafini, T., Meeus, W. (2010). The Functions of Identity Scale: Validation in Italian late adolescents and emerging adults.  TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology17 (2), 55-71.

Preyde, M., Serafini, T., Bickle, L., & Gross, S. (2008).  Collaborative assessment-based intervention:  Results at 3 months follow-up.  Child & Family Journal, 11(1), 6-13.

Serafini, T. E. & Adams, G. R. (2002).  Functions of identity:  Scale construction and validation.  Identity, 2(4), 361-389.

Rempel, J. K., & Serafini, T. E. (1995).  Factors influencing the activities that people experience as sexually arousing:  A theoretical model.  The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 4(1), 3-23.


Serafini, T., Rye, B.J., & Drysdale, M. (2013). Taking sides: Clashing views in adolescence (3rd edition). Dubuque, IO: McGraw-Hill.

Book Chapters

De Santis, C. & Serafini, T.E. (2015).  Classroom to Community: Reflections on Experiential Learning and Socially Just Citizenship.  In T. Penny Light, J. Nicholas, and R. Bondy (Eds.), Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Conference Presentations (Peer-Reviewed)

Rye, BJ, Serafini, T., & Branbenner, T. (2014, June).  University Women’s Attitudes Toward BDSM. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

De Santis, C. & Serafini, T. (May, 2011).  Weaving the Capstone Braid:  Intersections Among Classroom Learning, Practicum Experience, and Personal Life.  Presented at the Fifth Annual Windsor-Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Serafini, T. (April, 2011).  My identifier is ‘Big Tits’?!:  Cosmetic Enhancements and Identity Formation in Adolescent Females.  Presented at the Medicalization of Sex Conference 2011, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Sleightholm, M. & Serafini, T. (2011, June).  Family Structure, Identity Development, and Parental Attachment in Emerging Adulthood. Poster presented at the 72nd Annual Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

De Santis, C. & Serafini, T. (May, 2010).  Collaborative Teaching: A Reflective Process on Team Teaching a Practicum Course in Social Services.   Presented at the Teaching & Learning Innovation Conference 2010, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Serafini, T. & De Santis, C. (April, 2010).  The Use of Critical Self-Reflection in Teaching and Learning.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Opportunities and New Directions Conference, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Professional & Administrative Services:

Chair, Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies