Christina Grimes

Christina Grimes

Assistant Professor of the Practice Emerita of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1996


My research interests include the role of peer relationships in the development of social competence and psychological adjustment. I am currently involved in two lines of research: (1) a comprehensive study of peer relationships among middle childhood girls, including the causes and consequences of peer rejection/victimization, and family factors related to girls' use of relational aggression; and (2) research on the dynamics of adolescent social networks and the role of peer influence processes in the development of early substance use and antisocial behavior.


Peer relationships, social competence, aggression, adolescent social networks, early substance abuse

Golonka, MM, Peairs, KF, Malone, PS, Grimes, CL, and Costanzo, PR. "Natural Peer Leaders as Substance Use Prevention Agents: the Teens' Life Choice Project." Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research 18.5 (July 2017): 555-566. Full Text

Peairs, KF, Eichen, D, Putallaz, M, Costanzo, PR, and Grimes, CL. "Academic Giftedness and Alcohol Use in Early Adolescence." The Gifted Child Quarterly 55.2 (April 2011): 95-110. Full Text

Lansford, JE, Costanzo, PR, Grimes, C, Putallaz, M, Miller, S, and Malone, PS. "Social Network Centrality and Leadership Status: Links with Problem Behaviors and Tests of Gender Differences." Merrill Palmer Quarterly (Wayne State University. Press) 55.1 (January 2009): 1-25. Full Text

Lansford, JE, Miller Johnson, S, Costanzo, PR, Grimes, CL, and Putallaz, M. "Social network centrality and leadership status: Links with problem behaviors." Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 55 (2009): 1-25. (Academic Article)

Putallaz, M, Grimes, CL, Foster, KJ, Kupersmidt, JB, Coie, JD, and Dearing, K. "Overt and Relational Aggression and Victimization: Multiple Perspectives within the School Setting." Journal of School Psychology 45.5 (October 2007): 523-547. Full Text

McDonald, KL, Putallaz, M, Grimes, CL, Kupersmidt, JB, and Coie, JD. "Girl talk: Gossip, friendship, and sociometric status." Merrill Palmer Quarterly 53.3 (July 1, 2007): 381-411.

Lansford, JE, Putallaz, M, Grimes, CL, Schiro-Osman, KA, Kupersmidt, JB, and Coie, JD. "Perceptions of friendship quality and observed behaviors with friends: How do sociometrically rejected, average, and popular girls differ?." Merrill Palmer Quarterly 52.4 (October 1, 2006): 694-720.

Gazelle, H, Putallaz, M, Li, Y, Grimes, CL, Kupersmidt, JB, and Coie, JD. "Anxious solitude across contexts: girls' interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers." Child Development 76.1 (January 2005): 227-246. Full Text

Putallaz, M, Costanzo, PR, Grimes, CL, and Sherman, DM. "Intergenerational continuities and their influences on children's social development." Social Development 7.3 (December 1, 1998): 388-427.

Putallaz, M, Hellstern, L, Sheppard, BH, Grimes, CL, and Glodis, KA. "Conflict, Social Competence, and Gender: Maternal and Peer Contexts." Early Education and Development 6.4 (January 1, 1995): 433-447. Full Text


Grimes, CL, Klein, TP, and Putallaz, M. "Parents' Relationships with Their Parents and Peers: Influences on Children's Social Development." Children's Peer Relationships: From Development to Intervention. Ed. JB Kupersmidt and KA Dodge. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2004. 141-158. (Chapter)