About Me

I am a tenured professor, head of the Human Development program, and an affiliated faculty member in School Psychology. My research interests include social development broadly, with an emphasis on peer relations. My work has examined the impact of peers on the development of aggression and bullying, as well as academic achievement and self-regulated learning. Recent research extended the examination of these issues to include how psychopathology and peer dynamics interrelate, and peer social functioning among students with exceptionalities.

I have twice won the Article of the Year award from the Journal of School Psychology, and serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Adolescent Research Review.

My goal is to make sure my doctoral students get the training and experience to attain the career they want. This includes providing opportunities to learn how conduct and publish high quality quantitative research, present at national and international conferences, and make career connections to other internationally renown scholars. I also work closely to help students develop excellence in their teaching skills.

Former students of mine have become tenured professors at both public and private teaching and research universities, as well as becoming the research director at a major nonprofit social sciences research organization.