Jamie M. Ostrov


Jamie Ostrov.

Jamie M. Ostrov


Jamie M. Ostrov


Research Interests

Subtypes of aggression and victimization; developmental psychopathology; applied developmental psychology

Contact Information

227 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-3680



  • PhD, University of Minnesota

Current Research

I focus on the study of social development with a developmental psychopathology orientation. My main research activities attempt to understand the development of subtypes of aggressive behavior in children. Specifically, my colleagues and I have been exploring the development of relational and physical aggression (and peer victimization) during early and middle childhood. Current research also examines the development of both forms (relational and physical) and functions (proactive and reactive) of aggression as well as bullying behaviors. Current funded research addresses questions related to school readiness as children make the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Our recent and current research includes multiple methods and informants (e.g., school-based observations, teacher and parent reports, child interviews) and includes psychophysiology and biological markers (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance, hormone cortisol). Collaborative research examines similar developmental questions in a diverse longitudinal sample from birth to late adolescence. We have also been developing and testing the efficacy of an intervention (Early Childhood Friendship Project) for aggressive behavior among young children.

Selected Publications


  • Perry, K. J., Meisel, S. N., Stotsky, M. T., & Ostrov, J. M. (in press). Parsing apart affective dimensions of withdrawal: Longitudinal relations with peer victimization. Development & Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579420000346
  • Perry, K. J., Ostrov, J. M., Shisler, S., Eiden, R. D., Nickerson, A., Godleski, S. A., & Schuetze, P. (in press). Pathways from early family violence to adolescent reactive aggression and violence victimization. Journal of Family Violence. (Special issue on Family violence and youth violence: Examining the connections from global and interdisciplinary perspectives). doi:10.1007/s10896-019-00109-4
  • Godleski, S. A., Ostrov, J. M. (2020). Parental influences on child-report of relational attribution biases during early childhood.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104775
  • Hart, E. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2020). Relations between forms and functions of aggression and moral judgments of aggressive transgressions. Aggressive Behavior, 46, 220-231. doi:10.1002/ab.21883
  • Ostrov, J. M., Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., Blakely-McClure, S. M., Perry, K. J., & Mutignani, L. (2019). Prospective associations between aggression/bullying and adjustment in preschool: Is general aggression different from bullying behavior? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 2572-2585. (Special issue on Bullying and Global Health). doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1055-y
  • Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., & Ostrov, J. M. (2019). The influence of friendships on aggressive behavior in early childhood: Examining the interdependence of aggression. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50, 520-531. doi: 10.1007/s10578-018-0857-x
  • Perry, K. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2019). The reciprocal relations between male and female play partners and aggression in early childhood. Child Development, 90, 127-135. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13178
  • Perry, K. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2018). Testing a bifactor model of relational and physical aggression in early childhood. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40, 93-106. doi: 10.1007/s10862-017-9623-9
  • Blakely-McClure, S. J. & Ostrov, J. M. (2018). Examining co-occurring and pure relational and physical victimization in early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.07.011
  • Perry, K.J., & Ostrov, J.M. (2018). Testing a higher order model of internalizing and externalizing behavior: The role of aggression subtypes. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49, 20-32. doi:10.10007/s10578-017-0725-0
  • Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., & Ostrov, J. M. (2017). Prospective associations between peer victimization and social-psychological adjustment problems in early childhood. Aggressive Behavior, 43, 471-482. doi:10.1002/ab.21705
  • Blakely-McClure, S. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2016). Relational aggression, victimization and self-concept: Understanding pathways that lead to low self-concept. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 376-390. doi:10.1007/s10964-015-0357-2
  • Ostrov, J. M., Godleski, S. A., Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., Blakely-McClure, S. J., & Celenza, L. (2015). Replication and extension of the early childhood friendship project: Effects on physical and relational bullying. School Psychology Review, 44, 4, 445-463
  • Ostrov, J. M., & Kamper, K. E., (2015). Future directions for research on the development of relational and physical victimization. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 509-519. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2015.101273
  • Ostrov, J. M., Kamper, K. E., Godleski, S. A., Hart, E. J., & Blakely-McClure, S. J. (2014). A gender-balanced approach to the study of peer victimization and aggression subtypes in early childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 575-587. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414000248