Joel Hektner, Head

Joel Hektner, Head

Joel Hektner, (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Professor and Head
Office Phone: 701-231-8269

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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
Developmental Science Program

Current Projects

-Evaluation of Imagine Thriving Student Wellness Facilitator Program
We are collecting and analyzing data on the effectiveness of the student wellness facilitator in promoting well-being in middle school and high school students with depression or anxiety.

 -Evaluation of Early Risers Skills for Success
We continue to analyze experimental evidence on the effectiveness of an adaptation of a best practices prevention program (Early Risers) that features a strategic peer affiliation and peer coping skills component designed to reduce aggression, bully problems, and victimization. The NIMH-funded study involved over 200 children from 5 elementary schools. Eleven conference presentations and one journal article have been produced from this project so far.

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