Martha Putallaz
  • Martha Putallaz

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

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Psychology,
      • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
      • 1982
      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Illinois,
      • 1981
      • 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.
      • .
      • Grimes, C. L., Klein, T. P., & Putallaz, M..
      • 2004.
      • Parents' relationship history: Influences on children's social development.
      • .
      • M Putallaz, J Baldwin and H Selph.
      • 2005.
      • The Duke University Talent Identification Program.
      • High Ability Studies
      • 16:
      • 41-54
      • .
      Publication Description

      The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) holds the distinguished position of being the first 'transplant' of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) regional talent search model developed by Professor Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University. Duke TIP was established in 1980, one year after CTY officially began. This article describes the history of Duke TIP and the evolution of its talent searches and various formats of its educational programming models as well as the complementary role that research has played at Duke TIP. The success of Duke TIP stands as a truly remarkable tribute to Julian Stanley and to the robustness of the talent search model that he created at Johns Hopkins University. Although the specific types of programs and initiatives may have taken different forms at Duke TIP, the underlying philosophy and commitment to identify and further the development of gifted and talented youth remains steadfast. © 2005 European Council for High Ability.

      • H Gazelle, M Putallaz, Y Li, CL Grimes, JB Kupersmidt and JD Coie.
      • 2005.
      • Anxious solitude across contexts: girls' interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers..
      • Child Dev
      • 76:
      • 227-246
      • .
      Publication Description

      Cross-situational continuity and change in anxious solitary girls' behavior and peer relations were examined in interactions with familiar versus unfamiliar playmates. Fourth-grade girls (N=209, M age=9.77 years, half African American, half European American) were identified as anxious solitary or behaviorally normative using observed and teacher-reported behavior among classmates. Subsequently, girls participated in 1-hr play groups containing 5 same-race familiar or unfamiliar girls for 5 consecutive days. Results support both cross-situational continuity and change in anxious solitary girls' behavior and peer relations. Although anxious solitary girls exhibited difficulty interacting with both familiar and unfamiliar playmates relative to behaviorally normative girls, elements of their behavior improved in unfamiliar play groups, a context in which they received less peer mistreatment.

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  • PhD Students

    • Alissa Wigdor
      • 2009 - present
    • Katrina M Poetzl Blomquist
      • 2005 - present
    • Kristen Foster Peairs
      • 2004 - present