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Jennifer Watling Neal

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Jennifer Neal an associate rofessor at Michigan State University with interests that span the fields of Community Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, and Education. Her research focuses on understanding social networks in K-12 educational contexts. She has studied the role of children's classroom peer networks in shaping prosocial and aggressive behaviors and the role of educator networks in facilitating the adoption and use of new programs and practices.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, Michigan State University
  • 2009–2015
    Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
  • 2008–2009
    Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Juvenile Research


  • 2008 
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in Psychology
  • 2004 
    University of Illinois at Chicago, M.A. in Psychology
  • 2001 
    University of Arizona, B.A. in Sociology
  • 2001 
    University of Arizona, B.S. in Psychology