Our Research

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.

Community Collaboration

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.



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).


We are located in the 2nd floor of the Psychology and Communication Disorders (PCD) Building on the USF Tampa campus (room 2118c).

Contact Us

Tiina Ojanen, Ph.D.
Email: tojanen@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-8346

Student contact
Danielle Findley
Email: dfindley@mail.usf.edu