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Lara Mayeux

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Phone: 405-325-3497

Office: Dale Hall Tower 714


My primary research focus is on the development of peer relationships and friendships in childhood and adolescence. My research tends to fall into one of two broad areas. The first is understanding social power and popularity in the peer group—how it is developed, how it is maintained, and the processes by which popularity is linked to psychosocial and behavioral adjustment. Along these lines, I often study associations between popularity and dominance-related behaviors (like physical and relational aggression) and social cognitions (such as having popularity-based social goals). The second theme of my research is understanding how processes related to peer status and friendship differ for boys and girls, particularly in adolescence when gender-related concerns intensify. My graduate students and I conduct research in the public schools, in the community, and in the lab, using a variety of methods (sociometric, survey, daily diary, and experimental).

Selected Publications

Kraft, C., & Mayeux, L. (2018). Associations among friendship jealousy, peer status, and relational aggression in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(3), 385-407.


Mayeux, L., & Kraft, C. (2017). Logistical challenges and opportunities for conducting peer nomination research in schools. In P. Marks & A. H. N. Cillessen, Eds., New Directions in Peer Nomination Methodology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Houser, J. J., Mayeux, L., & Cross, C. C. (2015). Peer status and aggression as predictors of dating popularity in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 44(3), 683-695.


Mayeux, L. (2014). Understanding popularity and relational aggression in adolescence: The role of Social Dominance Orientation. Social Development, 23(3), 502-517.


Cillessen, A., Mayeux, L., Ha, T., de Bruyn, E., & LaFontana, K. (2014). Aggressive effects of prioritizing popularity in early adolescence. Aggressive Behavior, 40(3), 204-213.