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Jennifer Watling Neal vita

Associate Professor

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

Research Statement

My research focuses on (1) how public school educators acquire information about and decide to adopt social skills, health, and instructional programs (2) how teacher advice networks are associated with the adoption and use of classroom practices and (3) how children’s peer social networks are associated with their aggressive and prosocial behaviors. I also have expertise in social network analysis and have published several papers on the advancement of social network data collection and analytic methods. I often focus my work on urban and low-income elementary schools and have collected social network data in several public school districts. I am the recipient of the 2016 American Psychological Association Division 27 Early Career Award, and my research has appeared in journals such as Child Development, American Journal of Community Psychology, Sociology of Education, Social Development, Social Networks, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Early Adolescence  The William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health have funded my work.

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Selected Publications

  • Neal, J.W., Durbin, C.E., Gornik, A.E., & Lo, S.L.
    Co-development of preschoolers’ temperament traits and social play networks over an entire school year.
    2017, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113:627-640
  • Neal, J.W., Neal, Z.P., & Cappella, E.
    Seeing and being seen: Predictors of accurate perceptions about classmates’ relationships.
    2016, Social Networks, 44:1-8
  • Neal, J.W., Neal, Z.P., Kornbluh, M., Mills, K.J., & Lawlor J.A.
    Brokering the research-practice gap: A typology.
    2015, American Journal of Community Psychology, 3:422-435
  • Neal, J.W. & Neal, Z.P.
    Nested or networked? Future directions for ecological systems theory
    2013, Social Development, 22:722-737
  • Neal, Z.P., Neal, J.W., Lawlor, J.A., & Mills, K.J.
    Small worlds or worlds apart? Using network theory to understand the research-practice gap.
    2015, Psychosocial Intervention, 24:177-184
  • Kornbluh, M. & Neal, J.W.
    Social network analysis
    2015, Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research207-218
  • Neal, Z.P., & Neal, J.W.
    Network Analysis in Community Psychology: Looking Back, Looking Forward
    2017, American Journal of Community Psychology, 60:279-295
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