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Dr. Andrew Newcomb
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus; Dean of Arts and Sciences, Emeritus

Dr. Andrew F. Newcomb joined the Richmond faculty in 1984 and has been an active teacher and scholar for over 25 years, serving as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2001-2011. During the course of his teaching career he has received numerous honors, including the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, the University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award, and the MacEldin Trawick Professorship in Psychology.

His research specialization is child development focusing on children's friendships and peer relations.  He has received research grants for 17 projects and has written 28 articles for scholarly journals including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin.  The author of numerous book chapters, most concentrating on the developmental significance of peer and friendship relations, he has also co-edited The Company They Keep: Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence (Cambridge, 1996).   He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Centre for Research in Human Development, Concordia University, Montreal; a Summer Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford; and a Young Scholar in Social and Affective Development with the Foundation for Child Development.

Dr. Newcomb holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development.  He completed his child clinical psychology internship at the University of Washington's School of Medicine.  A native of San Diego, CA, he spent most of his childhood in Tucson, AZ prior to graduating from high school in San Diego.

Dr. Newcomb is married to Dr. Judith C. Meister, a child-clinical psychologist who works as a school psychologist for Chesterfield County Public Schools.  They have one daughter, Caroline.  The family enjoys the outdoors including extended backpacking and fly-fishing trips in Wyoming and Montana, and in recent years they completed extensive international travel most recently visiting Bolivia and Peru.


Bukowski, W. M., Newcomb, A. F., & Hartup, W. W. (Eds.). (1996).  The Company They Keep:  Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence.  New York: Cambridge University Press.


Newcomb, A.F. & Brady, J.E. (1982).  Mutuality in boys' friendships.  Child Development, 53, 392-395.

Newcomb, A.F. & *Bukowski, W.M. (1983).  Social impact and social preference as determinants of children's peer group status.  Developmental Psychology, 19, 856-867.

*Student co-author

*Bukowski, W.M. & Newcomb, A.F. (1984).  Stability and determinants of sociometric status and friendship choice:  A longitudinal perspective.  Developmental Psychology, 20, 941-952.

*Student co-author

Newcomb, A.F. & *Bukowski, W.M. (1984).  A longitudinal study of the utility of social preference and social impact sociometric classification schemes.  Child Development, 55, 1434-1447.

*Student co-author

Walker, W.E., Newcomb, A.F., & Hopkins, W. P. (1987).  A model for curricular evaluation and revision in undergraduate psychology programs.  Teaching of Psychology, 14, 198-202.

*Rogosch, F. & Newcomb, A.F. (1989).  Children's perceptions of peer reputations and their social reputations among peers.  Child Development, 60, 597-610.

*Student co-author

*Hubbard, J.H. & Newcomb, A.F. (1991). Initial dyadic social encounters of ADHD and normal boys.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 19, 179-195.

*Student co-author

Newcomb, A. F., Bukowski, W. M., & *Pattee, L. A. (1993).  Children's peer relations:  A meta-analytic review of popular, rejected, neglected, controversial and average sociometric status.  Psychological Bulletin, 113, 99-128.

*Student co-author

Bukowski, W. M., Gauze, C., Hoza, B., & Newcomb, A. F. (1993).  Differences and consistency between same-sex and other-sex peer relations during early adolescence.  Developmental Psychology, 29, 255-264.

Newcomb, A. F. & *Bagwell, C. L.  (1995). Children’s friendship relations:  A meta-analytic review.  Psychological Bulletin, 117, 306-347.

*Student co-author

Newcomb, A. F. & *Bagwell, C. L.  (1997).  Collaborative learning in an Introduction to Psychological Science Laboratory:  Undergraduate Teaching Fellows teach to learn.  Teaching of Psychology, 24, 88-95.

*Student co-author

Newcomb, A. F., *Berkebile, N. M.,*Newman, J. E., *Parker, S. W. (1998).  Student projects embracing new computer technologies:  Opportunities for student scholarship on the WWW.  Teaching of Psychology, 25, 52-58.

*Student co-author

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A.B., Occidental College
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