Dianna Murray-Close

Developmental Psychology

Dianna Murray-Close

Dianna Murray-Close
Associate Professor, Acting Director of General/Experimental Program

  • B.A. Carleton College, 2001
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2006
  • C.V. (PDF)
Email: dianna.murray-close@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-4142
Room: 210A
Website: Social Development Laboratory

Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration
Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies


My research focuses on gender differences in children and adolescents' social development, with an emphasis on the development of aggressive behavior. Specifically, my work explores forms of aggression more common among girls (i.e., relational aggression) in addition to forms more typical in boys (i.e., physical aggression). Relational aggression, defined as behaviors that harm others through the manipulation of interpersonal relationships, includes malicious gossip, giving others the "silent treatment," or threatening to end a friendship. I hope that this research will inform intervention work targeting at-risk girls.

My current interests include:


The Social Development Laboratory focuses on the development of aggressive behaviors in children. We examine forms of aggression that are more common among girls (relational aggression; e.g., gossip, social exclusion) in addition to forms more typical in boys (physical aggression). Current research studies explore potential risk factors for involvement in physically and relationally aggressive behaviors.

Representative Publications

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