Martha Putallaz

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois 1981

Overview

My program of research focuses on the mutual influence of parents and peers on the development and evolution of children's social competency, social relationships, and psychopathology. My research interests thus provide a natural bridge between clinical and developmental psychology, and I am actively involved in both graduate programs at Duke. A central focus of my research has involved understanding the lessons children learn within their family context about social behavior and social knowledge that then influence their adaptation to peers and their acceptance or rejection by peers. Most recently, I have been involved in a large scale, comprehensive study of the social experiences and causes specifically associated with peer rejection and aggression among middle childhood girls. This research involves an intensive, multiple context examination of the unique social dynamics, behavior, and processes characteristic of the social relationships and interpersonal behaviors among girls. My role as the Executive Director of the Duke Talent Identification Program has led to a focus on the peer relations of gifted children and the long term outcomes associated with giftedness.

Expertise

Children's social competency and relationships, parent and peer influences, aggression and peer rejection

Zabaneh, D, Krapohl, E, Simpson, MA, Miller, MB, Iacono, WG, McGue, M, Putallaz, M, Lubinski, D, Plomin, R, and Breen, G. "Fine mapping genetic associations between the HLA region and extremely high intelligence." Scientific reports 7 (January 24, 2017): 41182-. Full Text

Makel, MC, Wai, J, Peairs, K, and Putallaz, M. "Sex differences in the right tail of cognitive abilities: An update and cross cultural extension." Intelligence 59 (November 2016): 8-15. Full Text

Spain, SL, Pedroso, I, Kadeva, N, Miller, MB, Iacono, WG, McGue, M, Stergiakouli, E, Smith, GD, Putallaz, M, Lubinski, D, Meaburn, EL, Plomin, R, and Simpson, MA. "A genome-wide analysis of putative functional and exonic variation associated with extremely high intelligence." Molecular psychiatry 21.8 (August 2016): 1145-1151. Full Text

Spain, SL, Pedroso, I, Kadeva, N, Miller, MB, Iacono, WG, McGue, M, Stergiakouli, E, Smith, GD, Putallaz, M, Lubinski, D, Meaburn, EL, Plomin, R, and Simpson, MA. "A genome-wide analysis of putative functional and exonic variation associated with extremely high intelligence." Molecular psychiatry 21.8 (August 2016): 1152-. Full Text

Makel, MC, Kell, HJ, Lubinski, D, Putallaz, M, and Benbow, CP. "When Lightning Strikes Twice: Profoundly Gifted, Profoundly Accomplished." Psychological science 27.7 (July 2016): 1004-1018. Full Text

Lee, S-Y, Olszewski-Kubilius, P, Makel, MC, and Putallaz, M. "Gifted Students' Perceptions of an Accelerated Summer Program and Social Support." Gifted Child Quarterly 59.4 (October 1, 2015): 265-282. Full Text

Makel, MC, Snyder, KE, Thomas, C, Malone, PS, and Putallaz, M. "Gifted Students' Implicit Beliefs About Intelligence and Giftedness." Gifted Child Quarterly 59.4 (October 1, 2015): 203-212. Full Text

Makel, MC, Wai, J, Putallaz, M, and Malone, PS. "The Academic Gap: An International Comparison of the Time Allocation of Academically Talented Students." Gifted Child Quarterly 59.3 (July 1, 2015): 177-189. Full Text

Makel, MC, Snyder, KE, Thomas, C, Malone, PS, and Putallaz, M. "Gifted Students’ Implicit Beliefs About Intelligence and Giftedness." Gifted Child Quarterly 59.4 (January 1, 2015): 203-212. Full Text

Pages

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Outreach Grant Year 11 awarded by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Outreach Grant Year 10 awarded by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Training in Psychological Intervention Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2006 to 2011

Peer Rejection of Girls - Social Experiences and Causes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2002

Age, Optimal Time of Day, and Cognition awarded by National Institute on Aging (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 2001

(95-1025) Peer Rejection of Girls: Social Experiences and Causes awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2001

(97-0713) Peer Rejection of Girls-Social Experiences and Causes awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2001