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Karen Puccia Kochel
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Profile

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., & 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.

Kochel, K.P., Bagwell, C.L., Ladd, G.W., & Rudolph, K.D. (2017, April). Depressive symptoms, self-worth, and peer victimization from 9th to 12th grade: Investigating a symptoms-driven mediation model by gender. In K.P. Kochel & C.L. Bagwell (Co-chairs), Applying Symptoms-Driven Models of Depression to the Study of Peer Relationship Adversity. Symposium presented at the meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Kochel, K. P., & Bagwell, C.L. (2016, July). Mutual friendship as a moderator of associations between depressive symptoms and peer victimization in early and late adolescence. In C.L. Bagwell (Chair), Associations among relationship problems and internalizing problems in adolescence and early adulthood: The role of friendship. Paper presented at the International Association for Relationship Research, Toronto, ON.

Bagwell, C.L., Kochel, K.P., McHugh, K.*, Salzman, S.*, Silverman, M.*, Rojas, R.*, Wolf, E.*, Gleckel, E.*, Horoz, N.*, Rodowsky, E.*, & Rosenwerg, R.* (2016, April). Are depression and happiness associated with friendship quality in emerging adulthood? A dyadic approach. In R. Schwartz-Mette (Chair), Impacts of positive and negative emotional adjustment on friendship experiences: Moderators and mediators. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Kochel, K.P., Bagwell, C.L., McHugh, K.*, Salzman, S.*, Silverman, M.*, Rojas, R.*, & Wolf, E.* (2015, March). Corumination, friendship quality, and depression: Dyadic patterns of influence among emerging adult friendship dyads. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

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

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