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DIANNA MURRAY-CLOSE

Assistant Professor
Psychology
Phone:(802)656-4142
Email Address:Dianna.Murray-Close@uvm.edu
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802) 656-1107; leeann.cox@uvm.edu
Specialty:psychology, aggressive behavior, gender development, peer relationships, developmental psychology
Biography:Murray-Close’s research focuses on gender differences in children and adolescents' social development, with an emphasis on the development of aggressive behavior. Specifically, she 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. Her studies have investigated the maladaptive social (e.g., rejection by peers) and mental health (e.g., internalizing symptoms) consequences of involvement in relational and physical aggression. She has also explored physiological (e.g., blood pressure reactivity to provocation), cognitive (e.g., moral reasoning), and social (e.g., friendship qualities; childhood maltreatment) contributors to physically and relationally aggressive conduct in boys and girls.