Annette M. La Greca

Director of Clinical Training
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
Cooper Fellow and Provost Scholar

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1998Ph.D. Purdue University

Honors & Acknowledgements

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
Children's and adolescents' peer relations, friendships, and romantic relationships, as they pertain to psychological and physical health; children's reactions to trauma, including natural disasters (hurricanes) and peer victimization; social anxiety in children and adolescents; preventive interventions.
Quick Links to Research:
  • My profile on GoogleScholar can be found here.
  • Many of my publications are available on ResearchGate.
Also visit the FACEBOOK page for the UM Peers Lab.  Manuals available for download, Helping America Cope and After the Storm.  For additional manuals go to

Research Projects

Current Research
In general, my research interests have always focused on issues of "risk and resilience" in children and adolescents and have cut across the areas of "mental health" and "physical health." Specifically, I investigate issues pertinent to child and adolescent mental health - including the effects of trauma (especially natural disasters) on children and youth, and the role of peer relations in child and adolescent adjustment and psychopathology. I also work on the development of preventive interventions for youth who are exposed to traumatic events or who experience peer victimization.

In the child health area, my current work focuses the physical health impact of disasters and of peer victimization, and the various ways that peers (and romantic partners) influence youths' health behaviors. Representative, recent publications in all these areas can be viewed below, as well as some earlier work on children with chronic disease.
Children's and Adolescents' Peer Relations
Youth with problematic peer relations are at high risk for developing maladaptive outcomes (e.g., dropping out of school, adult emotional disorders).  Specifically, we have recently examined social factors that predict social anxiety, depression, and health risk behaviors among adolescents.One major line of research is aimed at understanding more precisely how peer relations lead to adolescent maladjustment.  Of particular interest is the role that supportive peer relationships and friendships play in moderating the impact of peer victimization, a key interpersonal stressor.  Recent work is focusing on understanding the impact of adolescent peer victimization (including cyber-victimization) and associated health and mental health reactions that evolve over time.  A recent project, funded by NIMH, is developing and testing a preventative intervention for peer victimized adolescents, who report elevated symptoms of social anxiety and/or depression.  We are aslo doing research on adolescents' school transitions (FAST 2020).