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Chris Elledge

Chris ElledgeChris Elledge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Arkansas (2010)

Phone: (865) 974-1958

Key words: child aggression, bullying, peer victimization, peer relationships, school-based mentoring, parenting, child adjustment, prevention

Research Interests

Etiology and prevention of child aggression and bullying; Interventions for chronically bullied children; youth mentoring as a form of selective prevention; parent-child, sibling, and peer relationships of children at risk for socio-emotional dysfunction.

Research Statement

Dr. Elledge's program of research focuses on understanding how aspects of children's relationships with parents, siblings, and peers lead to, sustain, or exacerbate dysfunctional behavior in youth. He has particular interest in identifying relationship characteristics and interpersonal processes that confer developmental risk or protection for aggressive and bullied children and developing preventative intervention strategies that effectively enhance these children's social contexts and interpersonal relationships toward reducing later dysfunction. His recent work has focused on the application of school-based mentoring as a form of selective prevention for aggressive and bullied children.

  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Renewal Award
    Approved for funding by NICHD.
    Funding period: 7/1/2014-6/30/2015
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32HD066833-01).
    A Randomized Trial of a School-based Mentoring Program for Aggressive Children.
    Funding period: 8/2010 to 7/2013.
  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
    Approved for funding by NICHD.
    Funding period: 7/2011-6/2013

Elledge, L. C., Elledge, A. R., Newgent, R. A., & Cavell, T. A. (In press). Social risk and peer victimization in elementary school children: The protective role of teacher-student relationships. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Faith, M. A., Elledge, L. C., Parsons, C. L., Cavell, T. A., & Newgent, R. A. (2015). Conflict and dominance across settings: Relations between sibling conflict, sibling dominance, and peer victimization. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0171-1

Pryce, J., Giovannetti, S., Spencer, R., Elledge, L. C., Gowdy, G., Whitley, M. L., & Cavell, T. A. (2015). Mentoring in the social context: Mentors' experiences with mentees' peers in a site-based program. Children and Youth Services Review, 56, 185-192. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.06.015

Williford, A., Elledge, L. C., Boulton, A. J., DePaolis, K. J., Little, T. D., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Effects of the KiVa antibullying program on the frequency of cyberbullying and cybervictimization among Finnish youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 820-833. doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.787623

Cavell, T. C. & Elledge, L. C. (2013). Mentoring and prevention science. In D. Dubois & M. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of Youth Mentoring, 2nd edition (pp. 29-43). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Elledge, L. C., Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., DePaolis, K. J., Little, T. D., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying: The influence of children's provictim attitudes and teachers' ability to intervene. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 698-710. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9920-x

Luebbe, A. M., Elledge, L. C., Kiel, E. J., & Stoppelbein, L. (2012). Cortisol predict behavioral dysregulation and length of stay among children admitted for psychiatric inpatient treatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 227-238.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., Gaertner, A. E., Greening, L., & Elledge, L. C. (2011). Further evaluation of the forms and functions of aggression measure within a child inpatient population. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 28, 1-16.

Elledge, L. C., Cavell, T. A., Ogle, N., Malcolm, K. T., Newgent, R. A., & Faith, M. A. (2010). History of peer victimization and children's response to school-bullying. School Psychology Quarterly. 25, 129-141.

Elledge, L. C., Cavell, T. A., Newgent, R. A., & Ogle, N. T. (2010). School-based mentoring as selective prevention for bullied children: A preliminary test. Journal of Primary Prevention. 31(3), 171-187.

Cavell, T. A., Elledge, L. C., Malcolm, K. T., Faith, M. A., & Hughes, J. N. (2009). Relationship quality and the mentoring of aggressive, high-risk children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38(2), 185-198. 

Cavell, T. A., & Elledge, L. C. (2007). Parenting aggressive children. In. J. Briesmeister and C. Schaefer (Eds.), Handbook of Parent Training, 3rd edition (pp. 379-423). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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