Get to know Dr. Blair
I am interested in the ways that children’s and adolescents’ own social development intersects with the development of their relationships with friends and other peers. For example, I examine how the quality of relationships can be improved with the improvement of individuals’ social skills. Because social technology is such a big part of children’s interactions with their peers, much of my research focuses on how they use social technology.
I fell in love with Human Development and Family Studies early in my education and stuck with it through 3 degrees, post-doctoral training, and my career.
- B.A. Messiah College, Human Development and Family Studies
- M.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies; Educational Research Methodology
- Post-Doctoral Training, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Publications and Other Scholarly Activities
Blair, B. L., Gangle, M. J., Perry, N. B., O’Brien, M., Keane, S. P., Calkins, S. D., & Shanahan, L. (in press). The indirect effects of emotion regulation on peer acceptance and rejection: The roles of positive and negative social behaviors. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.
Fletcher, A. C., & Blair, B. L. (2016). Implications of the family expert role for parental rules regarding adolescent use of social technologies. New Media & Society, 18, 239-256.
Blair, B. L., Fletcher, A. C., & Gaskin, E. R. (2015). Cell phone decision-making: Adolescents’ perceptions of how and why they make the choice to text or call. Youth & Society, 47, 395-411.
Blair, B. L., Perry, N. B., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S. P., & Shanahan, L. (2015). Identifying developmental cascades among differentiated dimensions of social competence and emotion regulation. Developmental Psychology, 51, 1062-1073.
Blair, B. L., Perry, N. B., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S. P., & Shanahan, L. (2014). Indirect effects of maternal emotion socialization on friendship quality in middle childhood. Developmental Psychology, 30, 858-880.
- Fulbright Scholar, Finland, Social Technology Use among Finnish Adolescents: Implications for Relationships (2010).
- Vira Kivett Outstanding Graduate Student Publication Award, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, UNCG (2012).
- Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, UNCG (2012).
- Examining the Transactional Nature of Social Development: Differentiating the Dimensions of Social Competence across Childhood. (PI) First Year Assistant Professor Award, Funded by Council on Research & Creativity, Florida State University (2015).
A Day in my Life
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
I have a beautiful little boy, Miles, who is not only the light of my life, he is changing what I thought I knew about child development every day!
Words to Live By
Assume the best of others and assume the best of yourself.