We conduct research on adolescent social goals, behaviors, and adjustment among peers at school. Embedded in a social-motivational framework, behaviors of interest include forms and functions of aggression (including bullying) and social withdrawal. Social-relational outcomes of interest include peer acceptance, rejection, power, friendship, and peer influence. Most of our research is conducted in collaboration with the local school community. However, we also conduct correlational and experimental research using the university participant pool.
Our research relies on collaboration with local schools and youth organizations. We establish long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our collaborators and execute well-organized projects responsive to the needs and schedule of our partner sites. While conducting our research, we provide fruitful feedback and train our research partners in latest knowledge on social and academic development.
*NOW ENROLLING GRADUATE STUDENTS*
Dr. Ojanen is dedicated to training doctoral students for successful research careers in Developmental and Social Psychology. Students interested in Clinical Psychology are also encouraged to conduct Dr. Ojanen for further information. We are currently seeking to add one or two prominent students to our team (for application information, see http://psychology.usf.edu/grad/admission/apletter).