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Nina Mounts, Ph.D.

Professor, developmental psychology
Department of Psychology
nmounts@niu.edu
815-753-6968

Faculty profile

My interests are in adolescent social development. Specifically, I am interested in parenting and peer relationships during the adolescent period. I am especially interested in linkages between parenting and peer relationships. I am also interested in the social experiences of diverse adolescents including ethnically diverse adolescents and adolescents with disabilities.

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Amanda Durik, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, social and industrial/organizational psychology
Department of Psychology
adurik@niu.edu
815-753-7069
Faculty profile
Research interests

I study situational and individual factors that promote optimal motivation (interest and performance) in achievement situations. I also examine sequelae of achievement goals, the developmental phases of interest, and processes that link motivation and performance.

 

Joseph Flynn, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, curriculum and instruction
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
jeflynn@niu.edu
815-753-4539
Faculty profile

 

Mark Pietrowski, M.A.

Acting director/external programming coordinator,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
pietrowski@niu.edu
815-753-1456
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Laura Pittman, Ph.D.

Associate professor, clinical psychology
Department of Psychology
lpittman@niu.edu
815-753-2485
Faculty profile
Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of developmental psychopathology, specifically focusing on how family processes and broader contextual factors influence the socioemotional and cognitive functioning children and adolescents. I take a risk and resilience approach, focusing on protective factors that enhance the likelihood for successful trajectories through childhood and adolescence and into young adulthood in at-risk populations. My current work focuses on the role of grandparents in the development of children and adolescents in a variety of sociocultural contexts.

 

Lee Shumow, Ph.D.

Professor, educational psychology
Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
lshumow@niu.edu
815-753-8445
Faculty profile
Research interests

My research focuses on the influence of out-of-school contexts on the educational adjustment of children and adolescents. In particular, I have examined relationships between educational adjustment and aspects of parenting (especially parental school involvement), neighborhood/ community characteristics, and time use (especially homework, after school activities, reading, and community service). I am also interested in teacher education.

 

David Valentiner, Ph.D.

Associate professor, clinical psychology
Department of Psychology
dvalentiner@niu.edu
815-753-7086
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Research interests

My research examines anxiety disorders and the treatment of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, test anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I am particularly interested in how these conditions develop during adolescence, the social and academic consequences of anxiety disorders, and the development of early intervention and prevention programs.

 

Donna E. Werderich, Ph.D.

Associate professor, literacy education/acting chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
dwerderi@niu.edu
815-753-7639
Faculty profile
Research interests

My research interests include adolescent literacy, motivation and strategy instruction in writing, and teacher education. I am currently working on a study of writers' self-perceptions and practices across a span of educational levels from middle school through college. My long-term research goals include examining preservice and inservice teachers' views about themselves as writers and teachers of writing, a dimension that would contribute to the overall picture of writing instruction.

 

Paul M. Wright, Ph.D.

EC Lane and MN Zimmerman Endowed Professor, pedagogy
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
pwright@niu.edu
815-753-1407
Faculty profile
Research interests

My interests are in the area of youth development through physical activity. Specifically, I am interested in helping youth learn and practice life skills such as goal-setting and leadership in both school- and community-based programs. I specialize in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for underserved youth and I am interested in ways such programs may benefit youth in terms of social-emotional development, obesity prevention, and academic success.

Corrine M. Wickens, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, literacy education/acting associate chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
cwickens@niu.edu
815-753-8485
Faculty profile

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Nina S. Mounts, Ph.D.
Director

Collaborative on Adolescent Development (COAD)
nmounts@niu.edu