Stephen Erath Ph.D.
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Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: Yes

Accepting new undergraduate students: Yes


203 Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3236



Fun Facts
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology, 2006
M.S. Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology, 2002
B.S. Texas A&M University, Psychology, 2002
Research Interest
• Physiological and coping responses to peer and family stress
• Social difficulties in childhood and adolescence
• Parent-child and peer relationships
Courses Taught
Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Relationship Development and Processes in Childhood and Adolescence
Peer Relationships: From Research to Prevention
Seminar in Human Development and Family Science
2009   Faculty Award for Excellence (Teaching and Research), HDFS, Auburn University
2002   Martin T. Murphy Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology,
      Pennsylvania State University

Research Projects
Emotional experiences of children with autism spectrum disorder in communication situations
Helping young adolescents cope with peer rejection: Mechanisms of effective adult intervention
Peer stress in preadolescence: Psychophysiological and coping responses
Selected Publications
Erath, S. A., Kaeppler, A. K., & Tu, K. M. (2018). Coping with peer victimization predicts peer outcomes across the transition to middle school. Social Development. doi: 10.1111/sode.12330

Erath, S. A., Su, S., & Tu, K. M. (2016). Electrodermal reactivity moderates the prospective association between peer victimization and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1197838

Erath, S. A., Bub, K. L., & Tu, K. M. (2016). Responses to peer stress predict academic outcomes across the transition to middle school. Journal of Early Adolescence, 36, 5-28.

Erath, S. A., & Tu, K. M. (2014). Peer stress in preadolescence: Linking physiological and coping responses with social competence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 757-771.

Erath, S. A., Flanagan, K. S., & Bierman, K. L. (2007). Social anxiety and peer relations in early adolescence: Behavioral and cognitive factors. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 405-416.