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Kingery Co-Authors on Social Skills Across the Life Span

Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Newman Kingery is the first author of a chapter in Social Skills Across the Life Span: Theory, Assessment, and Intervention, published in May by Elsevier. The book was edited by Douglas Nangle, Cynthia Erdley and Rebecca Schwartz-Mette.

Kingery says the book fills a gap in the existing research on social skills, especially as they relate across the entire life span and includes aspects of applicable theory, assessment and evidence-based interventions. “No previous texts have taken such a comprehensive look at the topic, examining how social skills develop across the entire life span,” she says.

Kingery’s chapter “Developing Social Skills” is co-authored with Erdley and Emily Scarpulla. According to Kingery, it discusses the social tasks that need to be mastered at each developmental period. “We also focus on key social skills in three particular domains (behavioral, social-cognitive and emotional) that are crucial for effective social functioning during each stage,” she says.

Erdley, a professor of psychology at the University of Maine, was Kingery’s graduate school adviser during doctoral training in developmental/clinical psychology. She also worked with Nangle, who mentored her clinical and research work.

Kingery wrote the chapter last summer, she says, and it proved a fertile learning experience for her. “It was a very challenging task to summarize research on the development of social skills across the entire lifespan and the relationship between social skills and social competence (i.e., effective social functioning) into a concise book chapter that had stringent page limits.”

This summer, Kingery is working remotely with HWS psychology major Travis Schneider ’21 on his Honors project on mindfulness, cognitive distortions and psychological adjustment among college students.

“We are also working on writing a manuscript on rumination as a mediator of the relationship between mindfulness and depression, anxiety and loneliness among college students,” she says. The mindfulness and rumination project, conducted in collaboration with Professor Jamie Bodenlos of the HWS Psychology department, was accepted for presentation as a research poster at the Society for Research on Adolescence conference in San Diego in March of 2020 and and they plan to submit this work for publication in a psychology research journal this summer.

In the photo above, Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Newman Kingery talks with students in her “Research in Developmental Psychology” seminar.