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Martha Putallaz, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Neuroscience

Martha Putallaz
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Ph.D.University of Illinois1981
PhDUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1982
AMUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1979
AB (Magna cum Laude)Smith College1976

Clinical Psychology
Developmental Psychology
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My program of research focuses on the mutual influence of parents and peers on the development and evolution of children's social competency, social relationships, and psychopathology. My research interests thus provide a natural bridge between clinical and developmental psychology, and I am actively involved in both graduate programs at Duke. A central focus of my research has involved understanding the lessons children learn within their family context about social behavior and social knowledge that then influence their adaptation to peers and their acceptance or rejection by peers. Most recently I have been involved in a large scale, comprehensive study of the social experiences and causes specifically associated with peer rejection and aggression among middle childhood girls. This research involves an intensive, multiple context examination of the unique social dynamics, behavior, and processes characteristic of the social relationships and interpersonal behaviors among girls. My role as the Executive Director of the Duke Talent Identification Program has led to a focus on the peer relations of gifted children and the long term outcomes associated with giftedness.

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Alissa Wigdor
  • Katrina M Poetzl Blomquist
  • Kristen Foster Peairs
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Putallaz, M., & Bierman, K.L. (Editors) (2004). Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls: A developmental perspective. Vol. 1: Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy (K.A. Dodge & M. Putallaz, Series Editors). NY: Guilford.
  2. Putallaz, M., Kupersmidt, J.B., Coie, J.D., McKnight, K., & Grimes, C.L. "A behavioral analysis of girls' aggression and victimization." Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls: A developmental perspective.. Ed. M. Putallaz & K.L. Bierman. Vol 1: Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy.NY: Guilford Press, 2004
  3. Grimes, C. L., Klein, T. P., & Putallaz, M. "Parents' relationship history: Influences on children's social development." Children's peer relations: From development to intervention. Ed. J. B. Kupersmidt & K. A. Dodge Washington, D.C.: APA Press, 2004
  4. Putallaz, M; Baldwin, J; Selph, H (2005). The Duke University Talent Identification Program. High Ability Studies, 16(1), 41-54. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Gazelle, H; Putallaz, M; Li, Y; Grimes, CL; Kupersmidt, J; Coie, JD (2005). Anxious solitude across contexts: Girls’ interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers. Child Development, 76(1), 227-246. [15693769], [doi]  [abs]

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