StMU Faculty Jillian Pierucci
Departments
Education
  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The University of Alabama
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
Courses
  • Atypical Child Development
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Psychological Research (Graduate)
  • Personality
Research Interests
  • Child Development – Typical and Atypical
  • Autism – Screening and Intervention
  • Early Intervention
  • Symbolic Play
  • Parent Scaffolding
  • Executive Functions
  • School Readiness
Biography

Jillian Pierucci, Ph.D., grew up in Houston, Texas where she was often climbing trees and making memories with her sister. She joined St. Mary’s University in 2013 and is passionate about teaching. She appreciates students that have a yearning to learn and those that give their best efforts. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Pierucci conducts research within the field of developmental psychology. Specifically, she is partnered with an early intervention agency in San Antonio, Brighton Center, where she investigates the importance of parent involvement in children with atypical development (i.e., developmental delays, disorders, and/or disabilities).

She finds much joy in spending time with her family and soaking up the simple things in life like sunsets. Additionally, she loves to travel whether in the States, throughout the Americas to Europe and even Africa. Her life was forever changed when she spent time in Lusaka, Zambia where she worked in an orphanage. There she learned much. She witnessed children overflow with joy as they leaped around barefoot with tattered clothes and rumbling bellies. From this trip she gained a grander perspective in how blessed we are and has since been spurred on to live a life of simplicity rather than abundance. Her faith is her focus and she finds much enjoyment in running – whether on trails or doing marathons. In her spare time, you can find her trying out a new coffee shop, listening to live music, or playing with her French Bulldog, Pasquale.

Publications

Jarrett, M., Gilpin, A.T., Pierucci, J.M., & Rondon, A.T. (accepted). Cognitive and reactive control processes: Associations with ADHD symptoms in preschoolers. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Giplin, A.T., McInnis, M.A., & Pierucci, J.M. (2015). The relationship between fantasy orientation and emotion regulation. Journal of Early Education and Development.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B., Gilpin, A.T., Crisler, M.E., & Klinger, L.G. (2014). Play constructs and developmental skills in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. DOI:10.1177/1088357614539837

McInnis, M.A., Pierucci, J.M., & Giplin, A.T. (2014). Investigating valence and autonomy in children’s relationships with imaginary companions. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7, 151 – 159. DOI: 10.3233/DEV-130123.

Pierucci, J.M., O’Brien, C.T., McInnis, M.A., Gilpin, A.T., & Barber, A.B. (2014). Fantasy orientation constructs and related executive function development in preschool. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(1), 62 – 69. DOI: 10.1177/0165025413508512.

DeCaro, J., Boxmeyer, C., Gilpin, A., Lochman, J., Pierucci, J.M., McInnis, M., Jimenez, L. A., Thomas, M. (2013). Beyond stress: “Biological sensitivity to context” as an evolutionary construct and its implications for psychosocial markers in field research [Abstract]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S52: 109-110.

Scofield, J., Gilpin, A.T., Pierucci, J.M., & Morgan, R. (2013). Matters of accuracy and conventionality: Prior accuracy guides children’s evaluations of others’ actions. Developmental Psychology, 49(3), 432 – 438. DOI: 10.1037/a0029888.

Titled Presentations

Pierucci, J.M. (2015, March). Parent mediated intervention: Social engagement of toddlers with ASD during play with mothers. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Pierucci, J.M., Deptawa, J., Gilpin, A.T., & Brown M.M. (2015, March). Exploring fantasy play in childhood and its potential role in peer victimization. Poster presentation at the 41st Annual International Conference The Association for the Study of Play, San Antonio, TX.

Pierucci, J.M. & Miller, A. (2015, March). Play observations of children with autism spectrum disorder within their natural environments. Poster presentation at the 41st Annual International Conference The Association for the Study of Play, San Antonio, TX.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B., & Gilpin, A.T. (2014, May). Project ImPACT: Examining mothers’ scaffolding techniques during play in toddlers with ASD. Poster presentation at International Meeting For Autism Research, Atlanta, GA.

Pierucci, J.M. (2014, April). How can we get caregivers to ‘buy in’? Invited oral presentation at Brighton Early Intervention Center, San Antonio, TX.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B., Crisler, M.E., Gilpin, A.T., & Klinger, L.G. (2013, April). Examining play skills in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Pierucci, J.M., Gilpin, A.T., Barber, A.B., & Ingersoll, B.R. (2013, April). Project ImPACT pilot study: Examining intervention effects on developmental and social skills of toddlers with ASD. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

McInnis, M.A., Pierucci, J.M., Rowels, S., & Gilpin, A.T. (2013, April). The relationship between fantasy orientation and emotion regulation. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

McInnis, M.A., Pierucci, J.M., Rowels, S., & Gilpin, A.T. (2013, April). The bully in my mind: Investigating children’s negative relationships with imaginary companions. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B, & Gilpin, A.T. (2013, March). Start early: How can parents help improve social skills in toddlers with ASD? Poster session at the 12th Annual Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

DeCaro, J.A., Boxmeyer, C.L., Gilpin, A.T., Lochman, J.E., Pierucci, J.M., McInnis, M.A., Jimenez,L.A., & Thomas, M. (2013, April). Beyond stress: “Biological sensitivity to context” as an evolutionary construct and its implications for psychosocial markers in field research. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference, Knoxville, Tennessesse.

Boxmeyer, C.L., Gilpin, A.T., Lochman, J.E., DeCaro, J.A., Pierucci, J.M., McInnis, M.A., Jimenez, L.A., & Domitrovich, C. (2012, June). Improving school readiness: Preschool PATHS and Coping Power behavioral parent training for at-risk preschoolers. Poster session at the Society for Prevention Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B., Crisler, M.E., DeRamus, M.K., & Klinger, L.G. (2012, May). Measuring play constructs across measures in young children with ASD: Context matters. Poster session at the International Meeting For Autism Research, Toronto, CA.

Greer, K.C., Barber, A.B., Evans, A., Pierucci, J.M., Dickey, K.M., Klinger, M.R., & Klinger, L.G. (2012, May). Comparing autism screeners and physician surveillance techniques at 18- and 24-month well child visits. Oral presentation at International Meeting For Autism Research, Toronto, CA.

Pierucci, J.M., Barber, A.B, Crisler, M.E., DeRamus, M.K., & Klinger, L.G. (2012, March). Correlates of play and development across independent measures. Poster session at the 11th Annual Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pierucci, J.M., Scofield, J., Gilpin, A.T., & Graham, G. (2011, October). Does conventionality matter? Children’s consideration of accuracy vs. conventionality when judging reliability. Poster session at the Cognitive Development Society, Philadelphia, PA.

McInnis, M.A., Gilpin, A.T., Barker, E.D., & Pierucci, J.M. (2011, October). The bully in my mind: Investigating children with mean imaginary companions. Poster session at the Cognitive Development Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Morgan, R., Scofield, J., Gilpin, A.T., & Pierucci, J.M. (2011, April). Judging trustworthiness through accuracy and conventionality. Poster session presented at the Undergraduate Student Association Research Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pierucci, J.M., Gilpin, A.T., Barker, E.D., & O’Brien, C.T. (2011, March). The relationship between fantasy and cognition. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

O’Brien, C.T., Barker, E.D., Gilpin, A.T., & Pierucci, J.M. (2011, March). The role of social- and neuro-cognition in the association between preschool callous-unemotional traits and peer victimization. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Pierucci, J.M., Scofield, J., Gilpin, A.T., & Morgan, R. (2011, March). What determines the reliability of a source: Accuracy versus conventionality. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Pierucci, J.M. & Gilpin, A.T. (2010, April). Pretense is not just play, it may facilitate brain development. Oral presentation at the 3rd Annual Research Festival, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pierucci, J.M., Morgan, R., Scofield, J., & Gilpin, A.T. (2010, March). How children judge whether an informant is reliable: Accuracy versus conventionality. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Graduate Student Association Research and Thesis Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.