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Karen Puccia Kochel
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Karen P. Kochel's research interests, which span multiple domains of childhood and adolescent social development, emphasize the interplay between peer relationships, psychological adaptation, and gender as it applies to adjustment in school. She also has interests in the statistical modeling of longitudinal data.

Dr. Kochel earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Richmond and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Family and Human Development, with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology, from Arizona State University.

Grants and Fellowships
2008-2009 NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship in Prevention Research
Arizona State University
Interdisciplinary Summer Support Fellowship
School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Hanish, L. D., Martin, C. L., Fabes, R. A., Updegraff, K., Gaertner, B., Miller, C., Kochel, K., Sallquist, J., & Foster, S. (2012, April). Bringing boys and girls together in the classroom:
The Sanford Harmony Program. Paper presented in L. D. Hanish (Chair), Gender in the classroom: Issues and answers. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research
Association, Vancouver, Canada.
Martin, C. L., Fabes, R. A., Hanish, L., Updegraff, K., Miller, C., Gaertner, B., Kochel, K., & Foster, S. (April, 2012). The Sanford Harmony Program: Program description and
preliminary findings. Invited address presented at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Miller, C. F., Kochel, K. P., Petersen, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2012, April). Children’s lay theories of gendered behaviors: Across-time associations with cognitive and social
outcomes. Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Kochel, K.P., Miller, C.F., Updegraff, K.A., Fabes, R., Martin, C.L., & Hanish, L.D (2012, March). Fifth-graders’ psychosocial adaptation as a function of gender typicality.
Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, Canada.
Bagwell, C.L., Kochel, K.P., Hall, S.E., Newcomb, C.E., & Fils-Aime, L.D. (2012, March). Challenges in interpersonal relationships for emerging adults with symptoms of ADHD.
Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, Canada.
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
Professional Experience
Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University (2009-2012)

Date: 2009-2012
School: Social and Family Dynamics
Program: Family and Human Development
Research: The Sanford Harmony Program, a school-based curricula for promoting positive gender and peer relationships

Selected Publications

Kochel, K.P., Ladd, G.W., & Rudolph, K.D. (2012). Longitudinal associations among youth depressive symptoms, peer victimization, and low peer acceptance: An interpersonal process

perspective. Child Development, 83(2), 637-650. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01722.x

Kochel, K.P., Miller, C.F., Updegraff, K.A., Ladd, G.W., & Kochenderfer-Ladd, B.J. (2012). Associations between fifth graders’ gender atypical problem behavior and peer relationships:

A short-term longitudinal study. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(8), 1022-1034. doi:10.1007/s10964-011-9733-8


Kochenderfer-Ladd, B.J., Ladd, G. W., & Kochel, K. P. (2009). A child and environment framework for studying risk for peer victimization. In M.J. Harris (Ed.), Bullying, rejection,

and peer victimization: A social cognitive neuroscience perspective (pp. 27-52). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Ph.D., Arizona State University 2009
Family and Human Development; Quantitative Psychology
M.S., Arizona State University 2007
Family and Human Development
B.A., University of Richmond 2003
Contact Information
M-02A Richmond Hall
(804) 289-8131
(804) 287-1905 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Child and adolescent development
Peer and gender relationships
Psychological Adjustment