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Julie Bowker Ph.D.

Julie BowkerAssociate Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
224 Park Hall
(716) 645-0187
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Summary of Research Interests

My research program focuses on the roles that close interpersonal relationships (e.g., friendships, parent-child relationships) play in social and emotional development and psychopathology during late childhood and early adolescence. I am especially interested in how peer relationships function as risk and protective factors in the lives of children and adolescents who are considered at risk for such internalizing and externalizing difficulties as anxiety, depression, and aggression. My work includes longitudinal analyses of peer nomination and self-report data, along with laboratory observations of adolescents and their best friends. Other current research projects examine the developmental significance and internalizing consequences of temporal changes in peer relationships (funded by NICHD grant 1R03 HD056524-01; PI: Julie Bowker), the peer and psychological correlates of social behaviors across cultures, and the ways in which peer relationships impact the eating behavior and psychological well-being of overweight and obese young adolescents.

Recent Representative Publications

  • Bowker, J.C., Adams, R.E., Bowker, M.H., Fisher, C., & Spencer, S.V. (in press). A longitudinal analysis of same- and other-sex popularity and preference. Journal of Early Adolescence.
  • Markovic, A. & Bowker, J.C. (in press). Social surrogate use and adjustment: Exploring the psychosocial correlates of having a “social helper” during early adolescence. Journal of Genetic Psychology.
  • Rubin, K.H., Bukowski, W.M., & Bowker, J.C. (2015, in press). Children in peer groups. In R. Lerner (Series Ed.), M.H. Bornstein & T. Leventhal (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, Vol. 4: Ecological settings and processes in developmental systems. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bowker, J.C. & Etkin, R. (2014). Does humor explain why relationally aggressive young adolescents are popular? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 1322-1332.
  • Coplan, R.J. & Bowker, J.C. (Eds., 2014).  The handbook of solitude: Psychological perspectives on social isolation, social withdrawal, and the experience of being alone. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Thomas, K. & Bowker, J.C. (2013). An investigation of desired friendships during early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 867-890.
  • Bowker, J.C., Spencer, S.V., Thomas, K., & Gyoerkoe, E. (2012). Having and being an other-sex crush in early adolescence. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 629-643.
  • Salvy, S., Bowker, J.C., Nitecki, L.A., Kluczynski, M.A., Germeroth, L.J., & Roemmich, J.N. (2012). Effects of ostracism and subsequent activities on adolescents’ motivation to eat and energy intake. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 23-32.
  • Bowker, J.C. (2011). Examining two types of best friendship dissolution during early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 656-670.