AGGRESSION RESEARCH PROGRAM

Personnel

Investigators
L. Rowell Huesmann, Director of the Aggression Research Program, is a Senior Research Professor in ISR and Amos N. Tversky Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology. In his own research, Huesmann focuses on the construction of cognitive/information processing models for explaining the learning of aggression. Two current aims for Huesmann are to elaborate the role of media violence in teaching violentbehavior and to find ways to prevent the development of aggression. Huesmann is also Editor of the Journal Aggressive Behavior.
E Dubow Eric F. Dubow, PhD, is an Adjunct Research Scientist at ISR and Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include: the development of risk and protective factors in children's adjustment; the development and implementation of school-based intervention programs to enhance coping skills in handling stressful and traumatic events; the development of aggression over time and across generations; and effects of exposure to ethnic-political violence and potential protective factors. He is an associate editor for Developmental Psychology and the bulletin editor and treasurer for the International Society for Research on Aggression. He also participates in National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels for risk and protective factors, and was a contributor to The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence workshop on the Contagion of Violence (May, 2012), where he spoke on “Contagion of collective violence: Contagion from ethnic-political violence to other forms of aggression and violence.”
pboxer Paul Boxer, PhD, is an Adjunct Research Scientist at ISR. He is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Newark campus of Rutgers University who collaborates on several research projects in the center. His own research interests center on the development, prevention, and treatment of aggressive and disruptive behavior in children and adolescents. Boxer is particularly concerned with the application of normative models of aggression to understanding and reducing this behavior among high-risk and seriously emotionally disturbed youth.
Sara Konrath, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at ISR and an Adujct Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her research is primarily focused on the various combinations of self-focus (e.g. narcissism, individualism) and other-focus (e.g. empathy, collectivism, authoritarianism), both as a personality trait and as a situational variable (i.e. through priming). Self-focus and other-focus can be seen as relatively stable traits that can be measured with self-report scales much like other ones. Rather than being represented on a unipolar continuum starting from self-focus and ending at other-focus, there is accumulating research evidence that these two traits are orthogonal, or two separate uncorrelated variables.
Muniba Saleem, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research. Her research focuses on understanding the person and situational factors that can increase or decrease intergroup bias and conflict. In one line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the role of attachment security in reducing intergroup bias (Saleem, 2011), and in another line of work, Dr. Saleem has examined the effect of media stereotypes within violent contexts on perceptions, attitudes, and affect towards the depicted group (Saleem & Anderson, in press). Current work within this area is focused on understanding the effects of media stereotypes on support for aggressive actions against the stereotyped group. Dr. Saleem examines the role of perceived identity compatibility specific to dual-identity individuals (e.g., Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans) and its influence on majority-minority relations within the United States (Saleem, Prot, & Anderson, 2011). Finally, she has done research testing the effects of person and situational variables on aggressive and prosocial cognitions, affect, and behaviors (e.g., Saleem, Anderson, & Gentile, 2012).
  Violet Souweidane works with high school students on reducing conflicts between students and between students and staff in the school. Her work involves restorative practices programs in the school as well as promoting youth voice through social justice work. She is working with youth on developing a social justice program that may be adopted district wide with a goal to be presented at the state school board.
Grace Yang completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and she is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research broadly centers on the psychosocial and behavioral effects of electronic media including video games, social media, and other new media technologies. Specifically, she is interested in studying the causes, consequences, and psychological processes of new media and how it will influence human aggression. Her other lines of research include children, family, and the media.