Julie (Wojslawowicz) Bowker


Julie Bowker

Julie (Wojslawowicz) Bowker


Julie (Wojslawowicz) Bowker


Research Interests

Individual differences in socioemotional behaviors (e.g.,social withdrawal, aggression); peer relationships and friendships; internalizing problems

Contact Information

224 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-0187



  • PhD, University of Maryland - College Park

Current Research

My research program focuses on the roles that close interpersonal relationships (e.g., friendships, parent-child relationships) play in social and emotional development and psychopathology during late childhood and early adolescence. I am especially interested in how peer relationships function as risk and protective factors in the lives of children and adolescents who are considered at risk for such internalizing and externalizing difficulties as anxiety, depression, and aggression. My work includes longitudinal analyses of peer nomination and self-report data, along with laboratory observations of adolescents and their best friends. Other current research projects examine the developmental significance and internalizing consequences of temporal changes in peer relationships, the peer and psychological correlates of social behaviors across cultures, and the ways in which peer relationships impact the eating behavior and psychological well-being of overweight and obese young adolescents.

Selected Publications

  • Liu, J., Bowker, J.C., Coplan, R.J., Yang, P., Li, D., & Chen, X. (in press). Shyness, peer relations, and internalizing problems in Chinese young adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Stotsky, M. & Bowker, J.C. (in press). An examination of reciprocal associations between social preference, popularity, and friendship during early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Etkin, R.E. & Bowker, J.C. (in press). Overprotection in adolescent friendships. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.
  • Markovic, A.M., & Bowker, J.C. (2017). Friends also matter: Examining friendship adjustment indices as moderators of anxious-withdrawal and trajectories of change in psychological maladjustment. Developmental Psychology, 3, 1462-1473.
  • Bowker, J.C., Stotsky, M., & Etkin, R.G. (2017). How BIS/BAS and psycho-behavioral variables distinguish between social withdrawal subtypes during emerging adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 283-288.
  • Ojanen, T., Findlay, D., Bowker, J.C., & Markovic, A. (2017). Shyness, unsociability, and adolescent adjustment: Evidence from Finland and the United States. Journal of Early Adolescence, 37, 433-446.
  • Etkin, R.E., Bowker, J.C., & Scalco, M. (2016). Social withdrawal subtypes and emotional eating during emerging adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 239-244.
  • Bowker, J.C., Adams, R.E., Bowker, M.H., Fisher, C., & Spencer, S.V. (2016). A longitudinal analysis of same- and other-sex popularity and preference. Journal of Early Adolescence, 45, 846-857.
  • Bowker, J.C.  & Etkin, R.E. (2016). Examining the psychological concomitants of other-sex crush experiences during early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 846-857.
  • Bowker, J.C., Ojo, A.A., & Bowker, M.H. (2016). Brief report: Perceptions of social withdrawal during emerging adulthood in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Adolescence, 1, 1-4.
  • Rubin, K.H., Bukowski, W.M., & Bowker, J.C. (2015). Children in peer groups. In R. Lerner (Series Ed.), M.H. Bornstein & T. Leventhal (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, Vol. 4: Ecological settings and processes in developmental systems (pp. 175-222). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Markovic, A. & Bowker, J.C. (2015). Social surrogate use and adjustment: Exploring the psychosocial correlates of having a “social helper” during early adolescence. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 110-129.
  • Markovic, A. & Bowker, J.C. (2015). Shy but funny? An examination of peer-valued characteristics as moderators of the associations between anxious-withdrawal and peer outcomes during early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 833-846.
  • Bowker, J.C., Adams, R.E., Fredstrom, B.K., & Gilman, R. (2014). Experiences of being ignored by peers during late adolescence: Linkages to psychological maladjustment. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 60, 328-354.
  • Bowker, J.C. (2014). Prosocial peer treatment and the psychosocial outcomes associated with anxious-withdrawal. Special issue on shyness and social withdrawal, Infant and Child Development, 23, 314-322.