Marlene Sandstrom

Marlene Sandstrom

Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology

[email protected] 413-597-4261
Hopkins Hall


B.A. Yale University (1991)
M.A. Duke University (1993)
Ph.D. Duke University, Clinical Psychology (1996)

Areas of Expertise

Childhood peer relationships and adjustment; coping and appraisal processes in response to negative peer treatment; aggression and bystander behavior in the school context

Course Syllabi

PSYC 201: Statistics and Experimental Method
PSYC 252: Psychological Disorders
PSYC 351: Childhood Peer Relations and Clinical Issues


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSYC 350

Child Psychopathology

PSYC 351

Childhood Peer Relations and Clinical Issues

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications
  • Lansu, T.A.M, Sandstrom, M.J., & Cillessen, A.H.N. (In press). From Classroom to dyad:Actor and partner effects of aggression and victimization. Social Development.
  • Sandstrom, MJ, Makover, H., & Bartini, M(2013). Social context of bullying: Do misperceptions of group norms influence children’s responses to bullying episodes? Social Influence,8, 196-215.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. (2011). The power of popularity: Influence processes in childhood and adolescence. In A.H.N. Cillessen, D. Schwartz, & L. Mayeux (Eds). Popularity in childhood and adolescence. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2010). Life after high school: Adjustment of popular teens in emerging adulthood. Merrill Palmer Quarterly,56, 474-499.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. (2010). Defensive egotism and aggression in childhood: A new lens on the self-esteem paradox. In C. Barry, P. Kerig, K. Stellwagen, & T. Barry (Eds). Narcissism and Machiavellianism in Youth: Implications for the Development of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Bartini, M. (2010). Do perceptions of discrepancy between self and group norms contribute to peer harassment at school? Basic and Applied Social Psychology,32, 1-9.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Jordan, R*. (2008). Defensive self-esteem & aggression in childhood. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 506-514.
  • Mayeux, L., Sandstrom, M.J., & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2008). Is being popular a risky proposition? Journal of Research in Adolescence, 18. 49-74.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. (2007). A link between mothers’ disciplinary strategies and children’s relational aggression. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 25, 399-407.
  • Sandstom, M. & Herlan, R. (2007). Threatened egotism or confirmed inadequacy? How children’s perceptions of social status influence aggressive behavior toward peers. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 26, 272-299.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2006). Likeable vs. Popular: Distinct Implications for Adolescent Adjustment. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 30, 305-314.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. (2004). Pitfalls of the Peer World: How Children Cope with Common Rejection Experiences. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32, 67-81.
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Zakriski (2004). Understanding the experience of peer rejection. In K. Dodge & J. Kupersmidt (Eds). Children’s peer relations: From development to intervention to policy. APA Press.
  • Sandstrom, M.J., Cillessen, A.H.N, & Eisenhower, A.* (2003). Children’s appraisal of peer rejection experiences: Impact on social and emotional adjustment. Social Development, 12, 530-550.
  • Sandstrom, M.J., & Cramer, P. (2003). Girls’ use of defense mechanisms following peer rejection. Journal of Personality, 71, 605-628.
  • Sandstrom, M.J., &  Cillessen, A.H.N. (2003). Sociometric status and children’s peer experiences: Use of the daily diary method. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 49, 427-452
  • Sandstrom, M.J. & Coie, J.D. (1999). A developmental perspective on peer rejection: Mechanisms of stability and change, Child Development, 70(4), 955-966.