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Neal Jennifer Renee Watling Neal
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago 2008
Masters Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago 2004
Bachelors Psychology, University of Arizona 2001
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
127A Psychology
(517) 432-6708

Research Statement

My research program addresses the influences of peer and teacher social networks on childhood outcomes and intervention dissemination, and includes three related lines that address: (1) associations between peer social networks and children’s classroom social behavior (2) the role of teacher advice networks in the dissemination of school-based interventions and (3) the advancement of social network theory and methods.

Research Publications    
2014Neal, J.W., Neal, Z.P., & Cappella, E. (2014). I know who my friends are, but do you? Predictors of self-reported and peer-inferred relationships. Child Development, 85(4), 1366-1372. doi:10.1111/cdev.12194.
2014Burke, J., Hassmiller-Lich, K., Neal, J.W., Meissner, H., Yonas, M., & Mabry, P. (in press). Enhancing dissemination and implementation research using systems science methods. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
2014Neal, Z.P., & Neal, J.W. (2014). The (in)compatibility of diversity and sense of community. American Journal of Community Psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 1-12.
2014Neal, J.W., & Cappella, E. (2014). The bright side of positive perceptual bias: Children’s estimations of network centrality and aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 140-151. doi:10.1002/ab.21511
2014Neal, J.W. (2014). Exploring empowerment in settings: Mapping distributions of network power. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53(3/4), 394-406. doi:10.1007/s10464-013-9609-z.
2014Neal, J.W., & Christens, B.D. (2014). Linking the levels: Network and relational perspectives for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53(3/4), 314-323. doi: 10.1007/s10464-014-9654-2.
2014Neal, J.W., Neal, Z.P., & Capella, E. (2014). I Know Who My Friends Are, but Do You? Predictors of Self-Reported and Peer-Inferred Relationships. Child Development, 85, 1366-1372.
2013Neal, Z.P., & Neal, J.W. (2013). Opening the black box of social cognitive mapping. Social Development, 22(3), 604-608.
2013Neal, J.W., & Neal, Z.P. (2013). The multiple meanings of peer groups in social cognitive mapping. Social Development, 22(3), 580-594.
2013Neal, J.W., Janulis, P., & Collins, C. (2013). Is community psychology too insular? A network analysis of journal citations. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(5), 549-564. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21556.