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Dr. Idean Ettekal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology (Developmental Sciences Program). Dr. Ettekal’s research examines children’s and adolescent’s social and emotional development, and the impact of their interpersonal relationships and experiences in different social contexts (e.g., peer victimization and rejection, teacher-student relationship quality, parental responsiveness and harshness). His work has been primarily interested in examining the development of antisocial and externalizing behaviors such as aggression, bullying, rule-breaking, and youth violence. Key to this work is elucidating how children’s self-regulation and social cognitions influence the associations between children’s social experiences and their behavioral adjustment. His research applies a variety of longitudinal and developmental methodologies (e.g., structural equation modeling, latent growth modeling, latent transition analysis, mediation analysis, missing data analysis). Related to these interests, Dr. Ettekal has worked on several school-based program evaluations on social and emotional learning.
Before joining the faculty at Texas A&M, Dr. Ettekal served as the Project Director on the Violence in Children’s Environment (VICE) study at the University at Buffalo’s Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions (CRIA). The VICE project (a 5-year grant funded by NIH) focused on examining developmental pathways to youth violence, victimization and drug use in a high-risk sample.