Martha Putallaz

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

Peairs, K. F., et al. “Leader of the Pack: Academic Giftedness and Leadership in Early Adolescence.” Journal of Advanced Academics, vol. 30, no. 4, Nov. 2019, pp. 416–40. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1932202X19847667. Full Text

Peairs, K. F., et al. “From A (Aggression) to V (Victimization): Peer Status and Adjustment Among Academically Gifted Students in Early Adolescence.” Gifted Child Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 3, July 2019, pp. 185–200. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0016986219838973. Full Text

Zabaneh, D., et al. “A genome-wide association study for extremely high intelligence..” Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 5, May 2018, pp. 1226–32. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2017.121. Full Text

Ben-Eliyahu, A., et al. “The Intertwined Nature of Adolescents’ Social and Academic Lives: Social and Academic Goal Orientations.” Journal of Advanced Academics, vol. 28, no. 1, Feb. 2017, pp. 66–93. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1932202X16685307. Full Text

Zabaneh, Delilah, et al. “Fine mapping genetic associations between the HLA region and extremely high intelligence..” Scientific Reports, vol. 7, Jan. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1038/srep41182. Full Text

Makel, M. C., et al. “Sex differences in the right tail of cognitive abilities: An update and cross cultural extension.” Intelligence, vol. 59, Nov. 2016, pp. 8–15. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.09.003. Full Text

Spain, S. L., et al. “A genome-wide analysis of putative functional and exonic variation associated with extremely high intelligence..” Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 8, Aug. 2016, pp. 1145–51. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2015.108. Full Text

Spain, S. L., et al. “A genome-wide analysis of putative functional and exonic variation associated with extremely high intelligence..” Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 8, Aug. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2015.145. Full Text

Makel, Matthew C., et al. “When Lightning Strikes Twice: Profoundly Gifted, Profoundly Accomplished..” Psychological Science, vol. 27, no. 7, July 2016, pp. 1004–18. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797616644735. Full Text

Pages

McKnight, K., and M. Putallaz. Commentary: A relationship focus on girls' aggressiveness and conduct disorder. 2004, pp. 47–52. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781410611307. Full Text

Selected Grants

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

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Outreach Grant Year 10 awarded by (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 (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2001

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