The Peer Relations Lab at the University of Maine is a group of researchers dedicated to better understanding the ways in which youths’ social relationships contribute to health and well-being. We are especially interested in how youths’ physiology, emotion, cognition, and interpersonal behaviors play a role in both positive and negative peer influence processes.

Our team is directed by Dr. Rebecca Schwartz-Mette and is comprised of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. We work with children, adolescents, and their families in New England and across the United States.

Whether you are a young person or a parent affiliated with one of our projects or you are an undergraduate student or potential graduate student, we hope you find this site helpful and informative. We are glad you’re here!

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Peer Relations Lab Latest News

Hannah Lawrence accepts postdoctoral research position at Harvard University Mc Lean Hospital where she will utilize brain imaging to study adolescent rumination and health risks. Congrats, Hannah!



Dr. Schwartz-Mette featured twice on Maine Public Radio! Listen here and here.

Dr. Schwartz-Mette elected to the APA Ethics Committee!


Hannah Lawrence named a Beck Institute Scholarship recipient


Dr. Schwartz-Mette featured on UMaine Today and U.S. News & World Report


Read other latest news here!

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