• Martha Putallaz

  • Professor
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Phone: (919) 660-5736 (Psych);
    (919) 668-9108 (Duke TIP)
  • Fax: 919-660-5726 (Psych);
    919-668-9141 (Duke TIP)
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Psychology,
      • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
      • 1982
      • AM,
      • Psychology,
      • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
      • 1979
      • AB (Magna cum Laude),
      • Smith College,
      • 1976
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Fellow Status,
      • American Psychological Association (Division 7),
      • 0 1999
      • Nominated for the Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award,
      • Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association,
      • 1986, 1987
      • Faculty Scholar Award in Child Mental Health,
      • William T. Grant Foundation,
      • 1982 - 1989
      • Ed Scheiderer Memorial Award for Outstanding Research by a Clinical Psychology Graduate Student,
      • Voted onto List of Outstanding Teachers by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
      • 0 1980
      • Selected as a participant at the SRCD Summer Institute on the Origins and Growth of Communication,
      • University of Delaware,
      • 0 1979
      • Mellon Summer Fellowship to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic,
      • University of Pittsburgh,
      • 0 1976
      • NIMH Traineeships,
      • 1976-1979
      • Sigma Xi,
      • 0 1976
      • Phi Beta Kappa,
      • 0 1975
      • Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society),
      • 0 1975
  • Selected Publications

      • Putallaz, M., & Bierman, K.L. (Editors).
      • 2004.
      • Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls: A developmental perspective.
      • NY: Guilford.
      • Putallaz, M., Kupersmidt, J.B., Coie, J.D., McKnight, K., & Grimes, C.L..
      • 2004.
      • A behavioral analysis of girls' aggression and victimization.
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      • Grimes, C. L., Klein, T. P., & Putallaz, M..
      • 2004.
      • Parents' relationship history: Influences on children's social development.
      • .
      • Putallaz, M., Baldwin, J., & Selph, H..
      • 2005.
      • The Duke University Talent Identification Program.
      • Journal of High Ability Studies
      • 16:
      • 41-54
      • .
      • Gazelle, H., Putallaz, M., Li, Y., Grimes, C.L., Kupersmidt, J., & Coie, J.D..
      • 2005.
      • Anxious solitude across contexts: Girls’ interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers.
      • Child Development
      • 76:
      • 227-246
      • .
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  • PhD Students

    • Alissa Wigdor
      • 2009 - present
    • Katrina M Poetzl Blomquist
    • Kristen Foster Peairs
      • 2004 - present
Martha Putallaz
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