Research Center for Group Dynamics


Stephen C. Peck

Assistant Research Scientist, Achievement Research Lab, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR

Steve Peck
5136 ISR
426 Thompson Street
Phone: 647-3683

Steve Peck received his B.A. in Psychology from the California State University, Long Beach in 1985; his M.A. in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1990; and his Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1995. He uses a combination of variable- and pattern-centered methodological approaches to study how multilevel systems of personal and environmental contents, structures, and processes interact to promote or undermine more or less healthy forms of human development. Work on multilevel systems theory focuses on (a) integrating social, psychological, and biological approaches to theories of human development and (b) integrating general linear modeling with pattern-centered approaches to statistical modeling. Work on the relations between extracurricular activities and healthy development focuses on the extent to which youth characterized by various combinations of personal and social risk can increase the probability of cultivating healthy forms of development by engaging in various forms of constructive activities and social settings. Work on the buffering effects of racial/ethnic identities focuses on disentangling the effects of person-level racial/ethnic identity on the perception and experience of discrimination from the effects of context-level racial/ethnic identity (and corresponding discrimination episodes) on mental and physical health and development.