Dr. Leslie Echols


School-Mental Health and Behavior Sci
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
School-Mental Health and Behavior Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2013, University of California - Los Angeles
  • MS, 2004, City University of New York
  • BS, 2000, Brigham Young University


  • Educational psychology
  • Social/cognitive development
  • Research methods and statistics

Professional experience

  • Stats Camp summer instructor for social network analysis (2013 - present)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, UCLA Department of Education (2013 - 2014) 
  • Part-time faculty, California State University - Northridge, Department of Child & Adolescent Development (2011 - 2014) 


Research and professional interests

  • Peer relations in the school context
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Targeted (peer-to-peer) intervention approaches for peer victimization
  • Statistics and measurement

Awards and honors

Grants, awards and honors 

  • American Psychological Association Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Early Career Grant (2013)
  • Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects Grant (2013)
  • UCLA Department of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award (2013)

Recent publications

  • Echols, L. (2014). Social Consequences of Academic Teaming in Middle School: The Influence of Shared Course Taking on Peer Victimization. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Echols, L., Solomon, B. J., & Graham, S. (2014). Same Spaces, Different Races: What Can Cafeteria Seating Patterns Tell Us About Intergroup Relations in Middle School? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Echols, L., & Graham, S. (2013). Birds of a Different Feather: How Do Cross-Ethnic Friends Flock Together? Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59,461-488.