Nina MountsNina S. Mounts, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology,
Director of the Collaborative on Early Adolescence

Phone: (815)753-6968
Fax: (815)753-8088
nmounts@niu.edu
Office: PM 316

EDUCATION

Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am interested in children’s social development from childhood through adolescence. Primarily, I am interested in parent-child and peer relationships. Most recently, I have been examining linkages between parenting and peer relationships by exploring the ways in which parents manage the peer relationships of young adolescents. I also have an interest in peer influence processes during adolescence.


FREQUENTLY TAUGHT CLASSES

  • Psyc 424 Adolescent Development
  • Psyc 464 Developmental Laboratory
  • Psyc 676 Social and Personality Development

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

  • Mounts, N. S. (2008). Linkages between parenting and peer relationships: A model for parental management of adolescents’ peer relationships. In M. Kerr, H. Stattin, & R. Engels, (Eds.), What can parents do: New insights into the role of parents in adolescent problem behaviour (pp. 163-189). West Sussex, UK: Wiley.
  • Brown, B. B. & Mounts, N.S. (Eds.) (2007). Linking parents and family to adolescent peer relations: Ethnic and cultural considerations. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, No. 116. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brown, B., & Mounts, N.S. (2007). The cultural context of family-peer linkages in adolescence. In Brown, B. B. & Mounts, N.S. (Eds.). Linking parents and family to adolescent peer relations: Ethnic and cultural considerations. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, No. 116 (pp. 1-15). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Mounts, N.S. & Kim, H.S. (2007). Precursors to management of peers: Caregiver’s knowledge of peers and goals of peer management in a multi-ethnic sample. In Brown, B. B. & Mounts, N.S. (Eds.) Linking parents and family to adolescent peer relations: Ethnic and cultural considerations. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, No. 116 (pp. 17-33). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Mounts, N.S. (2007). Adolescents’ and their mothers’ perceptions of parental management of peer relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 169-178.
  • Mounts, N., Valentiner, D., Anderson, K., & Boswell, M. (2006). Shyness, sociability, and parental support for the college transition: Relations to adolescents’ adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 71-80.
  • Valentiner, D.P., Mounts, N.S., & Deacon, B.J. (2004). Nonclinical panic attacks and substance use behaviors during late adolescence. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 18, 573-585.
  • Mounts, N.S. (2004). Contributions of parenting and campus climate to freshmen adjustment in a multi-ethnic sample. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 468-491.
  • Mounts, N.S. (2004). Adolescents’ perceptions of parental management of peer relationships in an ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 446-467.
  • Mounts, N. S. (2002). Parental management of adolescent peer relationships in context: The role of parenting style. Journal of Family Psychology,16, 58-69.
  • Mounts, N.S. (2001).Young adolescents’ perceptions of parental management of peer relationships. Journal of Early Adolescence, 21, 92-122.
  • Mounts, N. S. & Steinberg, L. (1995). An ecological analysis of peer influence on adolescent grade-point-average and drug use. Developmental Psychology, 31, 915-922.
  • Steinberg, L. D., Lamborn, S. D., Darling, N., Mounts, N. S., & Dornbusch,  S. M. (1994). Over-time changes in adjustment and competence among adolescents from authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and neglectful families.  Child Development, 65, 754-770.
  • Brown, B. B., Mounts, N. S., Lamborn, S. D., & Steinberg, L. D.  (1993). Parenting practices and peer group affiliation in adolescence.  Child Development, 64, 467-482.
  • Lamborn, S. D., Mounts, N. S., Steinberg, L. D., & Dornbusch, S. M.  (1991). Patterns of competence and adjustment among adolescents from authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and neglectful families. Child Development, 62, 1049-1065.
  • Steinberg, L.D., Mounts, N. S., Lamborn, S. D., & Dornbusch, S. M.  (1991). Authoritative parenting and adolescent adjustment across varied ecological niches. Journal of Research in Adolescence, 1, 19-36.
  • Steinberg, L. D., Elmen, J. D., & Mounts, N. S. (1989). Authoritative parenting, psychosocial maturity, and academic success among adolescents. Child Development, 60, 1424-1436.

REPRESENTATIVE GRANTS

  • Principal Investigator, Parental management of peers in three ethnic contexts, funded by the National Science Foundation for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, September 1, 2003-August 31, 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, Parental management of peers in three ethnic contexts, funded by the Summer Research and Artistry Program, Northern Illinois University, May 16, 2003-August 15, 2003.
  • Principal Investigator, Parental management of peers in three ethnic contexts, funded by the National Science Foundation, August 15, 2002-August 14, 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, Parental management of peers: How does it operate across three ethnic contexts? funded by the Social Science Research Institute, Northern Illinois University, June 2000-May 2001.
  • Principal Investigator, Parenting influence on adolescent friend selection, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health B/START Award, October 1996- September 1997.
  • Principal Investigator, Parenting and friendship features effects on peer influence during early adolescence, funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board and United States Department of Agriculture Experiment Station Award, August 1994- May 1996.
  • Principal Investigator, What can parents do?: Parenting effects on peer influence on adolescent academic achievement and delinquency, funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board, August 1993- May 1994.
  • Graduate Scholar's Award, funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 1993- May 1994.