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Wendy Troop-Gordon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Office: 126C14 Minard Hall

Phone: 231-8738



1994 B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

1999 M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2002 Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my interest lies at the intersection between children's social cognitions, relational experiences, and psychological and emotional adjustment. More specifically, I am interested in: (a) how cognitive processes (e.g., attentional biases, relational schemas, self-perceptions) contribute to behavioral problems that underlie difficulties in forming positive relationships with peers, (b) how social cognitive biases resulting from problematic relational experiences contribute to adjustment problems, and (c) what contextual factors influence children's ability to form positive relationships with peers, their emotional well being, and their school adjustment.

Courses Taught

PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology

PSYC 463/663 - Experimental Child Psychology

PSYC 762 - Advanced Research Methods (Multivariate Statistics)

Recent Publications

Troop-Gordon, W., & Ranney, J. D. (in press). Popularity among same-sex and cross-sex peers: A process-oriented examination of links to aggressive behaviors and depressive affect. Developmental Psychology.

Troop-Gordon, W., Rudolph, K. R., Sugimura, N., & Little, T. D. (in press). Peer victimization in middle childhood impedes adaptive responses to stress: A pathways to depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 

Troop-Gordon, W., & Ladd, G. W. (in press). Teachers' victimization-related beliefs and strategies: Associations with students' aggressive behavior and peer victimization. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Rudolph, K. D., Troop-Gordon, W., Monti, J. D., Miernicki, M. E. (in press). Moving against and away from the world: The adolescent legacy of peer victimization. Development and Psychopathology.

Troop-Gordon, W. (in press). The potential risks and adaptive contributions of elite social status to youth development. To appear in J. A. Burack & L. A. Schmidt (Eds.), Cultural and contextual perspectives on developmental risk and well-being. Cambridge University Press.

Moeller, S. K., Troop-Gordon, W., & Robinson, M. D. (in press). When the going gets tough, the differentiated keep goin: Cybernetic self-determination, daily obstacles, and persistent goal pursuit. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.

Rudolph, K. R., Troop-Gordon, W., Lambert, S. F., & Natsuaki, M. N. (in press). Long-term consequences of pubertal timing for youth depression: Identifying personal and contextual pathways of risk. Development and Psychopathology.

Troop-Gordon, W., & Kuntz, K. J. (2013). The unique and interactive contributions of peer victimization and teacher-child relationships to children's school adjustment, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1191-1202.

Rudolph, K. R., Troop-Gordon, W., & Lewell, N. (2013). Interactive contributions of self-regulation deficits and social motivation to psychopathology: Unraveling divergent pathways to aggressive behavior and depressive symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 407-418.

Burack, J. A., D'Arrisso, A., Poniovsky, V., Troop-Gordon, W., Mandour, T., Tootoosis, C., Robinson, S., Iarocci, G., & Fryberg, S. (2013). "Friends and grades": Peer preference and attachment predict academic  success among Naskapi youth. School Psychology International 34, 371-386.

Frybert, S., Troop-Gordon, W., D'Arrisso, A., Flores, H., Ranney, J. D., & Burack, J. (2013). Cultural mismatch and the education of Aboriginal youth: The interplay of cultural identities and teacher ratings. Developmental Psychology, 49, 72-79.

Gordon, K. H., Holm-Denoma, J. M., Troop-Gordon, W., & Sand, E. (2012). Rumination and body dissatisfaction interact to predict binge eating. Body Image, 9, 352-357.

Ranney, J. D., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2012). Maintaing high-quality friendships through the internet: Does online socializing with off-campus friends help or hinder students' transition to college? Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 848-861.

Robinson, M. D., Moeller, S. K., Bucholz, M. M., Boyd, R. L., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2012). The regulatory benefits of high levels of affect perception accuracy: A process analysis of reactions to stressors in daily life. Emotion, 12, 785-795.

Troop-Gordon, W., & Gerardy, H. (2012). Parents' beliefs about peer victimization and children's social and emotional development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 40-52.

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