Jennifer Watling Neal

Jennifer  Watling Neal
  • Professor
  • Social / Personality Psychology


PhD, Psychology , University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008 
MA, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004 
BS, Psychology, University of Arizona, 2001 
BA, Sociology, University of Arizona, 2001



Broadly, my research focuses on understanding how social networks are associated with behavior in schools. More narrowly, I tend to ask questions like: (1) How are relationships in childhood and adolescence associated with aggression, prosociality, and personalities? (2) How do kids and teachers perceive classroom relationships and how "accurate" are they in these perceptions? and (3) how can social networks be leveraged to improve educators’ access to and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices?  I also am interested in advancing social network theory and methods to understand developmental processes.  Currently I’m an Associate Editor at Social Development and lead the editorial process for their Methods Article feature.