Dr. Julie Bowker

Dr. Julie (Wojslawowicz) Bowker is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Relationships Laboratory. Prior to her arrival at the University at Buffalo in the Fall of 2006, she completed her doctoral work at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests are focused on friendships and peer relationships and the ways in which these close relationships impact emotional and psychological well-being during late childhood and early adolescence.

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Current Graduate Students

Hope White is a sixth year doctoral student in the Social-Personality Psychology Program. Hope received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo. Broadly, Hope’s research focuses on close relationships, including friendships, romantic relationships, and the parent-child relationship. Her current research focuses on the influence of language used during interactions with close others on relationship processes and emotion regulation. In addition, Hope is interested in the influence of solitude on affect and social behavior.

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Jenna Weingarten is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program. Jenna received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in researching the impact of child and adolescent friend and peer relationships on well-being. She is also interested in how individual factors (e.g., personality, motivations for seeking solitude) influence psychosocial adjustment.

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Chloe Richard is in her second year of the doctoral program in the Clinical Psychology Program. Chloe received her B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Applied Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). After which, she received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Chloe’s research interests include understanding interpersonal influences, including peer and family influences, on psychological well-being. She is particularly interested in researching the impact of peer relationships on development of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescence across multiple contexts (e.g., in-person, virtual), and potential areas to target for prevention of these difficulties.

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Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Jessica Gurbacki
  • Abigail Swiger
  • Sophia Izzo
  • Gwen Gominiak
  • Izzy Yallof
  • Cole Fredericks
  • Crystal Chen