Dr. Karen Kochel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, discusses a special issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychologyentitled Applying symptoms-driven models of depression to the investigation of peer relationship adversity: Mediating and moderating mechanisms. Dr. Kochel served as the guest editor for the special issue as well as the author for one of the articlesHer research interests span multiple domains of childhood and adolescent social development and emphasize the interplay between peer relationships, psychological adaptation, and gender as it applies to adjustment in school.