Joel Hektner, Head
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development
Research Interests: Aggressive children; Research methods; Prevention programs for high-risk aggressive children; 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
-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.