ELLEN RYDELL ALTERMATT
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Hanover College
P.O. Box 890
Hanover, IN 47243
812.866.7317
altermattel@hanover.edu
http://vault.hanover.edu/~altermattel/

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2001
Major Area: Developmental Psychology
Minor Areas: Quantitative Psychology and Educational Psychology
Dissertation: Peer Socialization of Achievement-Related Beliefs

M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 1997
Department of Educational Psychology
Division of Development and Socialization Processes
Thesis: Bias or Sensitivity? Sex and Achievement Level Effects on Teachers' Classroom
Questioning Practices

B.A. Millersville University of Pennsylvania, May 1995
Major Areas: Psychology and English
Minor Area: Linguistics


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Assistant Professor, Hanover College, August 2003 - Present
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, August 2001 - August 2003


TEACHING INTERESTS

Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Social and Emotional Development
Peer Relationships
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of the Family


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Achievement Motivation
Peer Relationships
Sex Differences
Social Comparison
Social Support
Stress and Coping


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hanover College

Adulthood and Aging
Advanced Research
Basic Principles in Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Human Sexuality
Nature and Nurture
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of the Family
Research Practicum
Research Seminar

Michigan State University

Cognitive Development Across the Lifespan
Psychological Development
Proseminar in Educational Psychology
Social Development Across the Lifespan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Child Development
Social and Personality Development


PUBLICATIONS

Note that names in bold represent student co-authors.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Altermatt, E. R. (2012). Friends' influence on school adjustment: Uncovering the processes of peer influence. In A. Ryan and G. Ladd (Eds.), Peer Relationships and Adjustment at School (pp. 109-134). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Altermatt, E. R., & Ivers, I. (2011). Friends' responses to children's disclosure of an achievement-related success: An observational study. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 57(4), 429-454.

Altermatt, E. R. (2011). Capitalizing on academic success: Students' interactions with friends as predictors of school adjustment. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 174-203.

Altermatt, E. R. & Broady, E. F. (2009). Coping with achievement-related failure: An examination of conversations between friends. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 55(4), 454-487.

Krantz, J. H., Dine Young, S., Altermatt, T. W., Altermatt, E. R., & Mamberg, M. H. (2008). Encouraging undergraduate research: Hanover College's psychology major. In S. F. Davis, M. Ware, R. Miller, & R. Rycek (Eds.), Promoting, Developing, and Sustaining the Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology (pp. 78-80). The Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Altermatt, E. R. (2007). Coping with academic failure: Gender differences in students' self-reported interactions with family members and friends. Journal of Early Adolescence, 27, 479-508.

Altermatt, E. R., & Kenney-Benson, G. A. (2006). Friends' influence on school adjustment: A review of three perspectives. In A. V. Mitel (Ed.), Trends in Educational Psychology (pp. 137-153). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2005). The implications of having high-achieving versus low-achieving friends: A longitudinal analysis. Social Development, 14, 61-81.

Dirkin, K. H., Mishra, P., & Altermatt, E. (2005). All or nothing: Levels of sociability of a pedagogical software agent and its impacts on student perceptions and learning. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 14, 113-127.

Guzick, D. T., Dorman, W. J., Groff, T. S., Altermatt, E. R., & Forsyth, G. A. (2004). Fostering social interest in schools for long-term and short-term outcomes. Journal of Individual Psychology, 60, 361-378.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2003). The development of competence-related and motivational beliefs: An investigation of similarity and influence among friends. Journal of Educational Psychology, 95, 111-123.

Pomerantz, E. M., Altermatt, E. R., & Saxon, J. L. (2002). Making the grade but feeling distressed: Gender differences in academic performance and internal distress. Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 396-404.

Altermatt, E. R., Pomerantz, E. M., Ruble, D. N., Frey, K. S., & Greulich, F. K. (2002). Predicting changes in children's self-perceptions of academic competence: A naturalistic examination of evaluative discourse among classmates. Developmental Psychology, 38, 903-917.

Pomerantz, E. M., & Altermatt, E. R. (1999). Considering the role of development in self-regulation. In R. S. Wyer (Ed.), Advances in Social Cognition: Vol. 12. Perspectives on Behavioral Self-Regulation (pp. 175-192). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Altermatt, E. R., Jovanovic, J., & Perry, M. (1998). Bias or responsivity? Sex and achievement-level effects on teachers' classroom questioning practices. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90, 516-527.

Other Publications

Altermatt, E. R., & Kim, M. E. (2004). Can anxiety explain sex differences in college entrance exam scores? Journal of College Admission, 183, 6-11.

Altermatt, E. R., & Kim, M. E. (2004). Getting girls de-stereotyped for SAT exams. The Education Digest, 70(1), 43-47.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2003). Easing student exam anxiety. The Education Digest, 68(8), 20-22.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2003). Why girls worry about school performance. Principal, 82(4), 67- 68.


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Note that names in bold represent student co-authors.

Altermatt, E. R., & Ivers, I. E. (2011, March). Social support in the context of positive events: Examining friends' responses to children's disclosures of success. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Altermatt, E. R. (2010, March). Capitalizing on academic successes: Student interactions with friends as predictors of school adjustment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Altermatt, E. R. and Broady, E. F. (2008, April). Predicting responses to achievement-related failure from children's conversations with friends: An observational study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Altermatt, E. R., Broady, E. F., & Bellgard, T. C (2007, May). Coping with achievement-related failure: An examination of conversations between friends. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Altermatt, T. W., & Altermatt, E. R. (2006, January). Integrating student research across the major. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg, FL.

Altermatt, E. R., Mosher, J., & Broady, E. (2005, April). Capitalizing on success and coping with failure: Examining the effects of students' interactions with family members and friends. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Krantz, J. H., Dine Young, S. Altermatt, E. R., & Altermatt, T. W. (2004, April). Integrating research into the curriculum to foster intellectual development regardless of the career path. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Altermatt, E. R., & Kamplain, S. E. (2004, April). Sex differences in social support seeking in the academic domain. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Hershey, K., Mishra, P., & Altermatt, E. R. (2004, April). All or nothing: Levels of sociability of a pedagogical software agent and its impact on perceptions of presence, learning, and motivation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Association, San Diego, CA.

Altermatt, E. R., Kim, M. E., Mosher, J., & Swartz, A. (2004, January). Coping with failure and capitalizing on success: An examination of students' interactions with family members and friends. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Altermatt, E. R., Pomerantz, E. M., & Ruble, D. N. (2003, April). Predicting changes in achievement-related beliefs: An examination of children's discourse with peers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2003, April). The tradeoffs of selecting high-achieving versus low-achieving friends. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Altermatt, E. R. (2002, November). Promoting school success: What role do friends play? Invited paper presented at the King-Chavez-Parks College Day Program Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2002, April). Friendship choice and student achievement: A social-comparative analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2001, April). Similarity and influence among friends: An investigation of self-evaluative beliefs. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Altermatt, E. R., Pomerantz, E. M., & Ruble, D. N. (1999, April). Evaluative discourse in the classroom: Predicting competence perceptions. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Forsyth, G. A., Altermatt, E. R., & Forsyth, P. (1997, August). Humor, emotional empathy, creativity, and cognitive dissonance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Saxon, J. L., Altermatt, E. R., & Pomerantz, E. M. (1997, April). Conceiving of ability as stable: Implications for vulnerability to depressive symptoms. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.

Altermatt, E. R., Jovanovic, J., & Perry, M. (1997, March). Bias or sensitivity? Gender and achievement level effects on teachers' classroom questioning practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Altermatt, E. R. (1995, April). Student-teacher interactions related to cognitive level of question and gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.


GRANTS

Principal Investigator
Capitalizing on Academic Success
Hanover College Faculty Development Grant Program
Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Funded at $635, $1,168, and $845, respectively

Principal Investigator
Coping with Academic Difficulty: An Investigation of Conversations Between Friends
National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS)
March 2003, Funded at $169,276

Principal Investigator
Coping and Friendship Support in the Academic Context
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
March 2003, Funded at $149,250 (Declined)
Principal Investigator
Academic Performance and Social Interactions as Predictors of School Adjustment: A Daily Diary Approach
Michigan State University Internal Research Grant Program
January 2003, Funded at $47,588

Co-Investigator
Children's Understanding of and Interactions with Anthropomorphic Toys
College of Education Research Grant, Michigan State University
May 2002, Funded at $3,480

Principal Investigator
Coping with Academic Challenge: An Investigation of Conversations Between Friends
College of Education Research Grant, Michigan State University
December 2001, Funded at $3,310


HONORS AND AWARDS

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2000
Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students, University of Illinois, 2000
Higginson Graduate Research Award, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, 1999
Dallenbach Fellowship, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, 1997
Graduate College Travel Grant, University of Illinois, 1997
College of Education William Chandler Bagley Award, University of Illinois, 1996
College of Education Dean's Fellowship, University of Illinois, 1995
Allyn and Bacon Thesis Competition Award, 1995
Psi Chi Regional Research Award, 1995


SERVICE

Faculty Evaluation Committee, Hanover College
Rules Application Committee, Hanover College
Faculty Steering Committee, Hanover College
Center for Child Development Advisory Board (Chair), Hanover College
Mortar Board Faculty Advisor, Hanover College
Community Board of Standards, Hanover College
Teacher Education Committee, Hanover College
Editorial Board, Journal of Educational Psychology
Ad hoc reviewer
American Educational Research Journal
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Behavior Research Methods
Child Development
Cognition and Instruction
International Journal of Psychology
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal of Early Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence


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