Expert on Children and Aggression to Speak at UMass Amherst on April 9

AMHERST, Mass. - Nicki Crick, an expert in the field of childhood aggression, will speak at the University of Massachusetts, Wed. April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in room 163 of the Campus Center. Her talk, "Childhood Aggression and Gender: New Perspectives on an Old Problem," is part of an ongoing seminar series sponsored by the UMass Center for the Family.

Crick is associate professor of child development and child clinical psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She has published extensively on the factors that affect children’s social behavior and gender differences as they influence childhood aggression and peer victimization.

Crick is a pioneer in the study of relational aggression, a newly identified form of aggression that involves behavior specially intended to hurt another child’s friendship or sense of inclusion in a peer group. Relational aggression has been shown to be more characteristic of girls than the physically aggressive acts that have been the primary focus of past research in this area. For her work is this area, Crick was awarded the 1995 Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award by the American Psychological Association.

Crick is currently conducting the first long-term study of relational aggression, following a group of children from nine to 12 years of age.