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 Karen Puccia Kochel
Karen Puccia Kochel
Associate Professor of Psychology
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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.

Presentations

Kochel, K.P. (2019, March). Investigating depressed children's perceptions of their social competence. In C.L. Bagwell (Chair), Children's perceptions of their social world: Effects on socioemotional adjustment and peer relations. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, Maryland.

Kochel, K.P. & Maki, M.* (2019, March). Investigating pathways from children’s depressive symptoms to peer relationships: The role of teacher support. Poster presented at the meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, Maryland.

Kochel, K.P. & Stomski, M.* (2019, March). Are dysphoric children with depression-linked behaviors at elevated risk for peer relationship disturbances? Poster presented at the meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, Maryland.

Kochel, K.P., & Rafferty, D.* (2018, July). Transactions between children’s depressive symptoms and peer relationship difficulties: The role of social helplessness. In Interpersonal relationships, health, and well-being. Paper presented at the International Association for Relationships Research Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Kochel, K.P., Bagwell, C.L., Ladd, G.W., & Rudolph, K.D. (2018, April). Do the social-behavioral deficits of depressed adolescents interfere with friendships? In R. Schwartz-Mette (Chair), New directions in the study of friendships and emotional adjustment: New measures, new constructs and a fresh look at our theories. Paper presented at the meeting for the Society for Research in Adolescence, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kochel, K.P., & Sweezy, S.* (2018, April). Self  versus teacher perceptions of social competence among sociometric and perceived popular preadolescents. Poster presented at the meeting for the Society for Research in Adolescence, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

* Denotes UR undergraduate author

Memberships
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
Selected Publications
Articles

Kochel, K.P., & Rafferty, D. (2020). Prospective associations between children’s depressive symptoms and peer victimization: The role of social helplessness. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 38(1), 15-30. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12301

Kochel, K.P., & Bagwell, C.L. (2017). Applying symptoms-driven models of depression to the investigation of peer relationship adversity: Mediating and moderating mechanisms. [Special Issue Foreward]. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.05.005

Kochel, K.P., Bagwell, C.L., Ladd, G.W., & Rudolph, K.D. (2017). Do positive peer relations mitigate transactions between depressive symptoms and peer victimization in adolescence? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 51, 44-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.04.003

Miller, C. F., Kochel, K. P., Wheeler, L. A., Updegraff, K. A., Fabes, R. A., Martin, C. L., & Hanish, L. D. (2017). The efficacy of a relationship building intervention in 5th grade. Journal of School Psychology, 61, 75-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2017.01.002

DeLay, D., Zhang, L., Hanish, L. D., Miller, C., Fabes, R. A., Martin, C. L., Kochel, K. P., & Updegraff, K. (2016). Peer influence on academic performance: A social network analysis of social-emotional intervention effects. Prevention Science, 17(8), 903-913. doi:10.1007/s11121-016-0678-8

Kochel, K.P., Ladd, G.W., Bagwell, C.L., & Yabko, B.A. (2015). Bully/victim profiles’ differential risk for worsening peer acceptance: The role of friendship. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 41, 38-45. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2015.05.002

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

Ladd, G.W., Kochenderfer-Ladd, B.J., Eggum, N.D., Kochel, K.P., & McConnell, E.M. (2011). Characterizing and comparing the friendships of anxious solitary and unsociable preadolescents. Child Development, 82(5), 1434-1453. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01632.x

Chapters

Bagwell, C.L., Kochel, K.P., & Schmidt, M.E. (2015). Friendship and happiness among adolescents. In M. Demir (Ed.), Friendship and Happiness (pp. 99-116). Netherlands: Springer.

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.

Ladd, G.W., Herald-Brown, S.L., & Kochel, K.P. (2009). Peers and motivation. In K. Wentzel & A. Wigfield (Eds.), Handbook on motivation at school (pp. 323-348). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Education
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
Psychology
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