Joel Hektner, PhD

Professor and Head

Phone 701-231-8269

Developmental Science Program
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Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology: Human Development
University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Princeton University

Classes I teach

HDFS 330 Child Development
HDFS 710 Foundations of Youth Development
HDFS 714 Contemporary Youth Issues: Promoting Optimal Development in Youth
HDFS 854 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Developmental Science
HDFS 856 Longitudinal Research Methods and Analysis

Core Area 

Child, Adolescent Development

Research Interests

Design and effectiveness of programs to prevent adjustment problems and promote well-being in children and adolescents; Peer affiliation patterns and peer influences on children's behaviors; Family and school conditions that facilitate optimal experiences (flow) and optimal development; The Experience Sampling Method

Current Project

Statewide Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers in North Dakota

Selected Publications

Chinopfukutwa, V. S. & Hektner, J. M. (2020). Peer crowd affiliations as predictors of prosocial and risky behaviors among college students. Journal of American College Health.

Hektner, J. M., Brennan, A. L., & August, G. J. (2017). Incorporating well-adjusted peers in a conduct problems prevention program: Evaluation of acceptability, fidelity, and safety of implementation. School Mental Health, 9, 66-77. https://doi.og/10.1007/s12310-016-9199-7

Hektner, J. M., August, G. J., Bloomquist, M. L., Lee, S., & Klimes-Dougan, B. (2014). A 10-year randomized controlled trial of the Early Risers Conduct Problems Preventive Intervention: Effects on externalizing and internalizing in late high school. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 355-360.https://doi.og/10.1037/a0035678

Hektner, J. M., Brennan, A. L., & Brotherson, S. E. (2013). A review of the Nurtured Heart Approach to parenting: Evaluation of its theoretical and empirical foundations. Family Process, 52, 425-439.https://doi.og/10.1111/famp.12030

Hektner, J. M., & Swenson, C. A. (2012). Links from teacher beliefs to peer victimization and bystander intervention: Tests of mediating processes. Journal of Early Adolescence, 32, 516-536.https://doi.og/10.1177/0272431611402502

Hektner, J. M., Schmidt, J. A., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2007). Experience Sampling Method: Measuring the quality of everyday life. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


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