Megan M Golonka

Research Scientist

Megan Golonka is associate director of the Biological Data Acquisition and Analysis Core in the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR). Her areas of interest include risk behavior, social media use, and peer relationships among adolescents and emerging adults.

Golonka originally joined the Center as a senior research aide (2001-2004) after receiving her B.A. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She later worked as a project coordinator with the Center's Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (2004-2008) before attending graduate school. Golonka received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University in 2013, along with a certificate in college teaching from the Duke University Graduate School. She spent a year teaching emerging adulthood in the Duke University Thompson Writing Program before returning to the Center to focus on research in July 2014.


  • Ph.D. Duke University - 2013
  • M.A. Duke University - 2011
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame - 2000

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • CS Sheppard, M Golonka and PR Costanzo (2012) Evaluating the impact of a substance use intervention program on the peer status and influence of adolescent peer leaders. Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 13, 75-85, , [abs]
  • S Miller Johnson, JE Lansford, PR Costanzo, PS Malone, M Golonka and LA Killeya Jones (2009) Early Adolescent Romantic Partner Status, Peer Standing, and Risk-Taking Behaviors and the Role of Gender Journal of Early Adolescence, 29, 839-861,
  • S Miller, JE Lansford, P Costanzo, PS Malone, M Golonka and LA Killeya-Jones (2009) Early Adolescent Romantic Partner Status, Peer Standing, and Problem Behaviors. The Journal of early adolescence, 29, 839-861, , [abs]