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Psychology Professor Michelle Schmidt Authors Book on Friendships in Childhood
Book examines what clinicians and parents can do to help children who struggle with making friends
Bethlehem, Pa., December 20, 2011—Developmental psychologist Michelle Schmidt recently published Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence with Catherine Bagwell. Published by Guilford Press, her book explores the significance of friendship for social, emotional, and cognitive development from early childhood through adolescence, and how friendships change as children grow older. Michelle Schmidt, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Moravian College. Catherine L. Bagwell, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Richmond in Virginia. For more information on the book, visit the Guilford Press webpage.
Schmidt’s research is primarily centered on the influence of early attachment relationships, emotional behavior, friendships, and family stress in predicting psychosocial adjustment. Schmidt recently conducted a study of friendship and bullying among third, fourth, and fifth graders, and continues to investigate the effects of mentoring in a longitudinal study of Moravian College’s Learning Connection mentoring program.
Along with Dr. Bagwell, Schmidt is investigating the importance of having friends, friendship quality, and the characteristics of friends. She is also involved in two large studies of peer victimization—one in a group of high-risk public schools and the other in an independent school—studying children and adolescents from prekindergarten through the high school years.
Professor Schmidt also serves as director of Academic Leadership Programs at Moravian. Schmidt won both the Timothy Breidegam Memorial Faculty Service Award and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003. She also won the Vice President’s Impact Award in 2004 and the Chairman of the Board’s Impact Award in 2007.
Schmidt received her B.A from Drew University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University. After completing her doctoral work, she was a MacEldin-Trawick Post-Doctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Richmond for two years under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Newcomb.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.