Laura Crothers

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair, Professor
School of Education
School Psychology

409C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1409


D.Ed., School of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Ed.S., School of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997
M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1995
B.A., Psychology, Grove City College, 1994

Laura M. Crothers is a professor in the school psychology program in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education at Duquesne University. Crothers, who is a nationally-certified school psychologist, has been recognized as a national expert in childhood bullying by the National Association of School Psychologists. She teaches the graduate-level consultation and program evaluation seminars in school psychology at Duquesne University. Crothers has contributed to the source literature by studying bullying in children and adolescents, and is currently investigating the efficacy of the Goodwill Girls Curriculum in diminishing relational and social aggression and increasing interpersonal maturity in adolescents. She has completed over thirty manuscripts and monographs, four co-authored or co-edited books, and numerous book chapters. In addition to her scholarly writing, Crothers has delivered lectures and conducted presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Crothers serves on several editorial boards, and is the Chair of Psychology of Women for Division 16 of the American Psychological Association.


Walters, J. R., Hughes, T. L., Sutton, L. R., Marshall, S. N., Crothers, L. M., Lehman, C., Paserba, D., Talkington, V., Taormina, R., Huang, A.  (in press). The occurrence of maltreatment and depression among adjudicated adolescent sexual offenders with and without an autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

Comstock, L. A., Crothers, L. M., Schreiber, J. B., Schmitt, A. J., Field, J. E., Hughes, T. L., Kolbert, J. B., & Lipinski, J. (in press). Relational, social, and overt aggression among diverse female adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Crothers, L. M., Kanyongo, G. Y., Kolbert, J. B., Lipinski, J., Kachmar, S. P., & Koch, G. (2011). Job stress and locus of control in teachers: Comparisons between samples from the USA and Zimbabwe. International Review of Education56, 651-669.

Field, J. E., Kolbert, J. B., Crothers, L. M., Kanyongo, G. Y., & Albright, C. (2011). The relationship between hyperfemininity and achievement of ego identity among college women.  Identity: International Journal of Theory and Research, 11, 181-187.

Lorber, C. M., Hughes, T. L., Miller, J. A., Crothers, L. M., & Martin, E. (2011). Callous and unemotional traits and social-cognitive processes in a sample of community-based aggressive youth. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 1291-1307.

Morine, K. A., Crothers, L. M., Schreiber, J. B., Kolbert, J. B., Hughes, T. L., & Schmitt, A. J.(2011). Relational aggression in preschool students:  An exploration of the variables of sex, age, and siblings. Child Development Research, x, 1-6.

Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. L., Lipinski, J., Theodore, L. A., Radliff, K., &Ward, S. (2010). Gender differences in salary in a female-dominated profession. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25, 605-626.  

Crothers, L. M., Hughes, T. L., Schmitt, A. J., Altman, C. L., Theodore, L., Lipinski, J., & Bloomquist, A. J. (2010). Has equity been achieved? Salary and promotion negotiation practices of a national sample of school psychology university faculty. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 13, 40-59.  

Crothers, L. M., Schreiber, J. B., Schmitt, A. J., Bell, G. R., Blasik, J., Comstock, L. A., Greisler, M. J., Keener, D., & King, J. M. (2010). A preliminary study of bully and victim behavior in old-for-grade students: Another potential hidden cost of grade retention or delayed school entry. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 26,327-338

Kolbert, J. B., Field, J. E., Crothers, L. M., & Schreiber, J. B. (2010). Femininity and depression mediated by social and relational aggression in late adolescence. The Journal of School Violence, 9, 289-302.

Crothers, L. M., Field, J. E., Kolbert, J. B., Lipinski, J., Kanyongo, G. Y., Kachmar, S. P., & Koch, G. (2009). A new look at teachers' job stress and locus of control using a multidimensional measure of stress. The School Psychologist, 63, 11-15.

Crothers, L. M., Kehle, T. J., Bray, M. A., & Theodore, L. A. (2009). Correlates and suspected causes of obesity in children. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 787-796.  

Crothers, L. M., Lipinski, J., & Minutolo, M. C. (2009). Cliques, rumors and gossip by the water cooler: Female bullying in the workplace. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 12, 97-110.

Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. L., Theodore, L. A., & Lipinski, J. (2009). A national survey of male and female school psychology university trainers: A qualitative snapshot of the employment characteristics of the profession in 2008. The School Psychologist, 63, 56-62. 

Crothers, L. M., Schreiber, J. B., Field, J. E., & Kolbert, J. B. (2009). Development and measurement through confirmatory factor analysis of the Young Adult Social Behavior Scale (YASB): An assessment of relational aggression in adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 27,17-28.

Crothers, L. M., Bell, G. R., Blasik, J. L., Camic, L. A., Greisler, M. J., & Keener, D. (2008). Addressing relational aggression in children and adolescents: Interventions and treatment programs. The Communiqu-, 36, 23-25.

Crothers, L. M., Bell, G. R., Blasik, J. L., Camic, L. A., Greisler, M. J., & Keener, D. (2008). Relational aggression in children and adolescents: An overview of the literature for school psychologists. The Communiqu-, 36, 1, 5-6.

Crothers, L. M., & Kolbert, J. B. (2008). Tackling a problematic behavior management issue: Teachers' intervention in childhood bullying problems. Intervention in School and Clinic, 43, 132-139. *This manuscript was selected as the featured article for this issue*

Altman, C. L., Crothers, L. M., & Blair, K. A. (2007). The relationship between girls' academic achievement and academic self-concept: Implications for school psychologists. The School Psychologist, 61, 113-119.  

Crothers, L. M., & Altman, C. L. (2007). Bullying of sexually-diverse children and adolescents. The Communiqu-, 35, 28-30.

Field, J. E., Crothers, L. M., & Kolbert, J. B. (2007). Adolescent female gender identity and attraction to male bullies and victims. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 7, 1-16.

Crothers, L. M., Kolbert, J. B., & Barker, W. F. (2006). Middle school students' preferences for anti-bullying interventions. School Psychology International, 27, 475-487.

Field, J. E., Crothers, L. M., & Kolbert, J. B. (2006). Fragile friendships: Exploring the use and effects of indirect aggression among adolescent girls. Journal of School Counseling, 4.

Kolbert, J. B., Crothers, L. M., & Field, J. E. (2006). Adolescent females' attraction to male adolescent bullies and victims of bullying. Journal of School Violence, 5, 81-91.

Crothers, L. M., Field, J. E., & Kolbert, J. B. (2005). Navigating power, control, and being nice: Aggression in adolescent girls' friendships. Journal of  Counseling and Development, 83, 349-354.  

Crothers, L. M., & Kolbert, J. B. (2004). Comparing middle school teachers' and students' views on bullying and anti-bullying interventions. Journal of School Violence, 3, 17-32.

Crothers, L. M., & Levinson, E. M. (2004). Assessment of bullying: A review of methods and instruments. Journal of Counseling and Development82, 496-503. 

Kolbert, J. B., & Crothers, L. M. (2003). Bullying and evolutionary psychology: The dominance hierarchy among students and implications for school personnel. Journal of School Violence, 2, 73-91.