Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

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Research Interests & Goals:
Dr. Asher’s research interests center on social development in childhood, early adolescence, and the college years with a focus on the conceptualization and assessment of relational competence and relational outcomes among youth and young adults. This focus includes: (1) studies of social cognition, especially the goals children and college students pursue in response to interpersonal conflict and other challenging social task; (2) studies of how social relationships influence feelings of loneliness and belonging in elementary school, middle school, and college; (3) research on how maladaptive beliefs about friendship play a role in college students’ responses to key “friendship tasks”, to the quality of their friendships, and to feelings of loneliness in school.