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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:juvenile offenders, agression, antisocial behavior, psychopathy
Biography:Dr. Stickle is interested the many interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioral problems. His work focuses on using this research to improve assessment and diagnosis of childhood psychopathology and to develop more effective interventions to prevent and treat these problems. A primary focus of Dr. Stickle’s research is on understanding the individual traits (dispositional factors) and contextual factors that put children and adolescents at risk for developing severe antisocial and aggressive behavior, leading them to be diagnosed with Conduct Disorder or arrested for illegal behavior. His current research is focused on several key areas related to these problems: 1) youth's interpretations of social events (social information processing) and how those interpretations lead to aggressive and non-aggressive behaviors, 2) youth who show a callous and unemotional interpersonal style (lack empathy and guilt) and appear to be at high risk for developing psychopathic traits which are strongly associated with severe antisocial behavior, 3) how emotional deficits lead to risk-taking behavior, especially substance abuse, and 4) gender differences in emotion and aggression and implications of those gender differences for behavior and interventions.