Martha Putallaz

Professor of Psychology and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Martha Putallaz is a researcher of long standing in the field of children's social development and peer relationships, with her most recent work focusing on aggression, victimization, and social rejection among middle childhood girls. Her role as the executive director of Duke TIP has led to a focus on the peer relations of gifted children and the long-term outcomes associated with giftedness.

Research Interests:

  • Peer Influence
  • Child Development


  • PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 1982
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois - 1981
  • AM University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 1979
  • AB (Magna cum Laude) Smith College - 1976

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Putallaz, M., & Bierman, K.L. (Editors) (2004) Aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence among girls: A developmental perspective
  • Putallaz, M., Kupersmidt, J.B., Coie, J.D., McKnight, K., & Grimes, C.L. (2004) A behavioral analysis of girls' aggression and victimization
  • Grimes, C. L., Klein, T. P., & Putallaz, M. (2004) Parents' relationship history: Influences on children's social development
  • Putallaz, M; Baldwin, J; Selph, H (2005) The Duke University Talent Identification Program High Ability Studies, 16, 41-54, [doi], [abs]
  • Gazelle, H; Putallaz, M; Li, Y; Grimes, CL; Kupersmidt, JB; Coie, JD (2005) Anxious solitude across contexts: girls' interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers. Child Development, 76, 227-246, [15693769], [doi], [abs]