Douglas W. Nangle
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
301 Little Hall
The focus of my research is on social interactions, adjustment, and associated interventions. As a scientist-practitioner, I have published extensively in the area of social skills assessment and treatment and maintain interests in ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapies, and evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment more generally.
My current research efforts target the bidirectional influences of social interactions and internalizing symptoms, such as depression and social anxiety. Related studies include participants ranging from children to young adults, center on dyadic interactions within close relationships, and employ methods ranging from self- and peer-report to observed lab interactions to cortisol assays. These interactional influences are complex. Some act as protective factors, others as risk factors, and yet others have more mixed influences. In studies with children, we have found that friendships buffer the impact of low peer group acceptance on loneliness and depression. Using structural equation modeling, we are now trying to determine just what specific friendship qualities account for this mediation and whether they change with development. More mixed influences have emerged in our studies with adolescents. Certain interaction styles, such as co-rumination, within friendships and dating relationships are associated with both increased intimacy and worsened depressive symptoms. An example of interactional influences as risk factors is found in the results of a recently completed study with young adults, showing that fear of negative evaluation, a principal component of social anxiety, was predictive of increased dating aggression, particularly for males involved in relationships perceived as antagonistic.
*Note to Applicants to Clinical PhD program: I plan to take a student applying for enrollment starting in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., Grover, R.L., Kingery, J., & Suveg, C. (in preparation). Core elements of evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with internalizing disorders. New York: Guilford Press.
Grover, R.L., Esterline, K., & Nangle, D.W. (in press). Reducing dating anxiety in adolescents. In L. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating research into practice: A desk reference for practicing mental health professionals. New York: Springer.
Grover, R.L., Nangle, D.W., Serwik, A.K., Fales, J., & Prenoveau, J.M. (in press). The Measure of Heterosocial Competence: Development and psychometric investigation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Hanby, M.S.R., Fales, J., Nangle, D.W., Serwik, A.K., & Hedrich, U. (2012). Social anxiety as a predictor of dating aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 1867-1888. DOI: 10.1177/0886260511431438.
Nangle, D.W., Grover, R.L., & Fales, J. (2011). On the situational variability of social competence and the stability of trait-like conceptions. the Behavior Therapist, 34, 40-46.
Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., Erdley, C.A., & Norton, P.J. (Eds.) (2010). Practitioner’s guide to empirically based measures of social skills. New York: Springer.