- Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Temple University
- B.A. in psychology, University of Notre Dame
Understanding peer relations during adolescence, particularly during the transition to middle school, by examining such aspects as popularity status, popularity goal, aggressive behaviors and bullying victims’ adjustment
- Dawes, M., & Xie, H. (2014). The Role of Popularity Goal in Early Adolescents’ Behaviors and Popularity Status. Developmental Psychology, 50, 489-497. doi:10.1037/a0032999.
A postdoctoral fellow in the VCU School of Education, Dr. Molly Dawes is currently working with Dr. Tom Farmer on Project SEALS: Supporting Early Adolescents’ Learning and Social Success.
In this project, Dawes draws upon her experience in peer relations to understand how students navigate their social world in the school settings by examining how adolescents’ social roles, reputations and behaviors interact with teacher variables to impact adjustment.
Dawes’ current tasks for Project SEALS include examining the stability of victimization across the transition to middle school and how perceptions of peer support for bullying are related to such stability.