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Faculty - Douglas Nangle

Professor and Director of Clinical TrainingNangle_pic
301 Little Hall
Social Interactions and Adjustment Lab

Dr. Nangle does not plan to take a new graduate student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Research Interests

The focus of my research is on social interactions, adjustment, and associated interventions. As a scientist-practitioner, I have published extensively in the area of social skills assessment and treatment and maintain interests in ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapies, and evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment more generally.

My current research efforts target the bidirectional influences of social interactions and internalizing symptoms, such as depression and social anxiety. Related studies include participants ranging from children to young adults, center on dyadic interactions within close relationships, and employ methods ranging from self- and peer-report to observed lab interactions to cortisol assays. These interactional influences are complex. Some act as protective factors, others as risk factors, and yet others have more mixed influences. In studies with children, we have found that friendships buffer the impact of low peer group acceptance on loneliness and depression. Using structural equation modeling, we are now trying to determine just what specific friendship qualities account for this mediation and whether they change with development. More mixed influences have emerged in our studies with adolescents. Certain interaction styles, such as co-rumination, within friendships and dating relationships are associated with both increased intimacy and worsened depressive symptoms. An example of interactional influences as risk factors is found in the results of a recently completed study with young adults, showing that fear of negative evaluation, a principal component of social anxiety, was predictive of increased dating aggression, particularly for males involved in relationships perceived as antagonistic.

Selected Publications

  • Schwartz-Mette, R. A., Lawrence, H. R., Nangle, D. W., Erdley, C. A., Andrews, L., & Jankowski, M. (in press). Depression in children and adolescents: A guide for practitioners. New York, NY: Momentum Press.
  • Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., Grover, R.L., Kingery, J., & Suveg, C. (2016). Treating internalizing disorders in children and adolescents: Core techniques and strategies. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Grover, R.L., Nangle, D.W., Serwik, A.K., Fales, J., & Prenoveau, J.M. (2013). The Measure of Heterosocial Competence: Development and psychometric investigation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 457-481. doi: 10.1177/026540751248658.
  • Hebert, K.R., Fales, J., Nangle, D.W., Papadakis, A.A., & Grover, R.L. (2013). Linking social anxiety and adolescent romantic relationship functioning: Indirect effects and the importance of peers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1708-1720.
  • Hanby, M.S.R, Fales, J., Nangle, D.W., Serwik, A.K., & Hedrich, U. (2012). Social anxiety as a predictor of dating aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 1867-1888. doi: 10.1177/0886260511431438
  • Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., Erdley, C.A., & Norton, P.J. (Eds.). (2010). Practitioner’s guide to empirically based measures of social skills. New York: Springer.

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