Amy Bellmore

Position title: Professor


Phone: (608) 263-3883

852C Educational Sciences
1025 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1796

Lab: Peer Relationships, Ethnicity, Schools, and Media Lab

Research Interests

My primary research focus is school-based peer relationships during adolescence. My specific research program centers on the impact of social risk factors, such as peer rejection and peer-victimization, on psychosocial and academic adjustment. My theoretical approach to this topic is informed by person-in-context social developmental models which emphasize the connection between developing adolescents and their social contexts. A key component of this theoretical perspective is the recognition that the social context contains several influential levels. I have attended to different features of school and classroom contexts, and I have attended to more proximal levels of the social context such as students’ friendship groups and episode characteristics (i.e., features of specific real-life interactions). The practical significance of attending to multiple levels is that it offers numerous points of possible intervention to improve the lives of adolescents. Understanding where and how to intervene is one of the ultimate goals of my research.

Personal Biography

Amy Bellmore is a Professor of Human Development in the Department of Educational Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Following her graduate studies, she completed Postdoctoral Training in the Department of Education at UCLA funded by the NIMH, the American Psychological Association, and the Institute of Education Sciences. She teaches courses on adolescent development and developmental research methods.


BA, Psychology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

MA, Developmental Psychology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

PhD, Developmental Psychology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT