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College of Education


Faculty and Staff

Molly Dawes, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Educational Studies
College of Education
E-mail: mollydawes@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-2856
Office: Wardlaw 128
Molly Dawes

Education

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Temple University

B.A. in Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Biography

Molly Dawes earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA working with Hongling Xie in the Transition to Middle School Lab. Following her graduate degree, Dawes spent three years as a postdoc working with Thomas Farmer on two Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grants at Virginia Commonwealth University and College of William and Mary focused on supporting middle school teachers as they promote positive peer relationships and academic contexts at school.

Research/Areas of Expertise

Dawes’ research is at the intersection of developmental and education sciences and includes two related lines of inquiry: (1) how do youth navigate the changes they experience during the early adolescent developmental period, particularly in relation to their social goals and peer relations; and (2) how teachers can support positive peer relationships through social dynamics management. Topics related to the first line of inquiry include: bullying and victimization; physical and social aggression; social goals (e.g., popularity goal); peer social dynamics (e.g., popularity status, peer groups); perceptions of the bullying and academic ecology; and peer social norms. Topics related to the second line of inquiry include: teacher attunement to aggressors and teacher management of peer social dynamics.

Selected Publications

Dawes, M., Chen, C-C., Farmer, T. W., & Hamm, J. V. (2017). Self- and Peer-Identified Victims in Late Childhood: Differences in Perceptions of the school ecology. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0688-2

Dawes, M. (2017). Early adolescents’ social goals and school adjustment. Social Psychology of Education. doi:10.1007/s11218-017-9380-3

Farmer, T. W., Dawes, M., Hamm, J. V., Lee, D., Mehtaji, M., Hoffman, A. S., & Brooks, D. S. (2017). Classroom social dynamics management: Why the invisible hand of the teacher matters for special education. Remedial and Special Education. doi:10.1177/0741932517718359

Dawes, M., Chen, C-C., Zumbrunn, S. K., Mehtaji, M., Farmer, T. W., & Hamm, J. V. (2016). Teacher attunement to peer-nominated aggressors. Aggressive Behavior. doi:10.1002/ab.21686

Dawes, M., & Xie, H. (2016). The trajectory of popularity goal during the transition to middle school. Journal of Early Adolescence. Early online publication. doi:10.1177/0272431615626301

Dawes, M., & Xie, H. (2014). The role of popularity goal in early adolescents’ behaviors and popularity status. Developmental Psychology, 50, 489-497. doi:10.1037/a0032999

Selected Presentations

Dawes, M., Chen, C-C., Hamm, J. V., & Farmer, T. W. (2017). Differences in Perceptions of the Bullying and Academic Ecology: Associations with Norm Salience. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Chen, C-C., Dawes, M., Farmer, T. W., & Hamm, J. V. (2017). Risk Configurations, Interpersonal Characteristics, and Patterns of School Adjustment Among Boys in 6th Grade. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Dawes, M., Farmer, T., Chen, C-C., & Hamm, J. V. (2016). Changes in victims group status according to peer- and self-reports of victimization from the 5th to 6th grades. Poster presented at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Chen, C-C., Dawes, M., Farmer, T. W. Peer group influences on bias in self-perceptions of aggression among youth in early adolescence. Poster presented at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Dawes, M., Malamut, S., Wurster, T., & Xie, H. (2014). Examining characteristics of adolescents’ rumors during the transition to middle school. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX

Dawes, M., Wurster, T., Hock, A., Jester, D., & Xie, H. (2013). Private and perceived peer reactions to physical fights: Changes from 5th to 6th grade. Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA

Dawes, M., Hock, A., Wurster, T., & Xie, H. (2013). A narrative account of physical fights in 5th and 6th grade. Poster presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA