Submitted by Julia D. McQuade on Tuesday, 8/14/2012, at 11:46 AM

Ph.D., University of Vermont (2012)

B.A., Bates College (2004)

Teaching Interests

Submitted by Julia D. McQuade on Friday, 7/26/2013, at 12:53 PM

My courses cover topics of psychopathology and psychological research. In my Abnormal Psychology course, students learn about the symptom presentations, theories of etiology, and treatments of major psychological disorders. This course also provides students with an introduction to major issues in clinical psychology including controversies in diagnosis, ethics, and stigma.  I also teach an in-depth seminar on Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology. This course focuses on the clinical presentation of disorders during childhood and emphasizes the importance of developmental changes and the connection between theory, empirical research, and case examples. In my Statistics course, students learn how to use statistics to answer and interpret research questions. This course provides students with a foundational knowledge of statistics that can enable them to critically evaluate scientific claims and to answer their own research questions. My Introduction to Psychology course provides students with an introduction to the science of psychology and of how we understand the mind and behavior. 

Research Interests

Submitted by Julia D. McQuade on Thursday, 9/21/2017, at 9:44 AM

My research examines social competence in children and adolescence. Some children are well liked, make friends easily, and are good at reading and understanding social cues. Yet other children struggle to make friends, are rejected or bullied by peers, and engage in behaviors that are harmful to others. My research seeks to understand the cognitive and environmental factors that explain these differences in social functioning. One cognitive risk factor I have examined is positively biased self-perceptions of social acceptance. Although most children have accurate perceptions of their social abilities, some children report that they are more well-liked and competent than other measures would suggest. My research has explored why certain children demonstrate this bias in thinking and how such thinking may influence social behaviors like aggression and children's emotional adjustment. My research also has examined how differences in executive functioning skills (i.e., higher order cognitive abilities implicated in goal directed thinking and behavior) may explain why certain children are more socially impaired than others.  And finally, my work has examined how children's emotion regulation capacities, including physiological regulation of emotion, can influence children's behaviors and social success. Some of my research focuses specifically on children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who often demonstrate significant social impairments. This work focuses on characterizing the social impairments that these children possess and the underlying mechanisms that are implicated. I also examine social adjustment in typically developing children. This work is currently focused on understanding the causes and consequences of engagement in physical aggression (i.e., hitting) as well as relational aggression (i.e., gossip, systematic exclusion) and how these two forms of aggression differ. 

Please visit the Peer Relationships Lab website for more information about my research. 


Submitted by Julia D. McQuade on Wednesday, 3/28/2018, at 12:12 PM

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*Amherst College undergraduate student

McQuade, J.D., Breslend, N.L., & Groff, D.* (in press). Experiences of physical and relational victimization in children with ADHD: The role of social problems and aggression. Aggressive Behavior.

Fefer, S. A., McQuade, J.D., Virga, C., Johnson, A., Gordon, K., Santiago-Rosario, M.,Reinbergs, E. & Porter, J. (2018). Mother's observations of biased self-perceptions in children with ADHD. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication.

Breslend, N.L., Shoulberg, E.K., McQuade, J.D., & Murray-Close, D. (2018). Social costs for wannabes: Moderating effects of popularity and gender on the links between popularity goals and negative peer experiences. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10964-018-0810-0

McQuade, J.D., (2017). Peer victimization and changes in physical and relational aggression: The moderating role of executive functioning abilities. Aggressive Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/ab.21708

Breaux, R.P., McQuade, J.D., Harvey, E.A., & Zakarian, R.J.* (2017). Longitudinal associations of parental emotion socialization and children's emotion regulation: The moderating role of ADHD symptomatology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10802-017-0327-0

 McQuade, J. D., Penzel, T. E.*, Silk, J. S., & Lee, K. H. (2017). Parasympathetic nervous system reactivity moderates associations between children’s executive functioning and social and academic competence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 1355-1367. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0246-5

McQuade, J. D., & Breaux, R. P. (2017). Parent emotion socialization and pre-adolescent’s social and emotional adjustment: Moderating effects of autonomic nervous system reactivity. Biological Psychology, 13067-76. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.10.007

McQuade, J. D., & Breaux, R. P. (2017). Are elevations in ADHD symptoms associated with physiological reactivity and emotion dysregulation in children? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 1091-1103. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0227-8

 McQuade, J.D., Breaux, R.P., Miller, R.H.*, & Mathias, L.* (2017). Executive functioning and engagement in physical and relational aggression among children with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 899-910. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0207-z

 McQuade, J.D., Mendoza, S.A., Larsen, K.L.*, Breaux, R.P. (2017). The nature of social positive illusory bias: Reflection of social impairment, self-protective motivation, or poor executive functioning? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 289-300. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0172-6

McQuade, J.D., Breaux, R.P., Gómez, A.F.*, Zakarian, R.J.*, & Weatherly J.A.* (2016). Biased self-perceived social competence and engagement in subtypes of aggression: Examination of peer rejection, social dominance goals, and the sex of the child as moderators. Aggressive Behavior, 42, 498-509. doi:10.1002/ab.21645

McQuade, J.D., Achufusi, A.K.*, Shoulberg, E.K., & Murray-Close, D. (2014).Biased self-perceptions of social competence and engagement in physical and relational aggression: The moderating role of peer status and sex. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 512-525. doi:10.1002/ab.21552

McQuade, J.D., Vaughn, A.J., Hoza, B., Murray-Close, D., Molina, B.S.G., Arnold, L.E., & Hechtman, L. (2014). Perceived social acceptance and peer status differentially predict adjustment in youth with and without ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 18, 31-43. doi:10.1177/1087054712437582

McQuade, J.D., Murray-Close, D., Shoulberg, E.K., & Hoza, B. (2013). Working memory and social functioning in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 422-435. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.03.002

Hoza, B.H., McQuade, J.D., Murray-Close, D., Shoulberg, E., Molina, B.S.G., Arnold, L.E., & Swanson, J. (2013). Does childhood positive self-perceptual bias mediate adolescent risky behavior in youth from the MTA study? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 846-858. doi:10.1037/a0033536

Smith, A.L, Hoza, B., Linnea, K, McQuade, J., Tomb, M., Vaughn, A.J., et al. (2013). Pilot physical activity intervention improves ADHD symptoms in young children. Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 70-82. doi:10.1177/1087054711417395

McQuade, J.D., Tomb, M., Hoza, B., Waschbusch, D.A, Hurt, E.A., & Vaughn, A.J. (2011). Cognitive deficits and positively biased self-perceptions in children with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 307-319. doi:10.1007/s10802-010-9453-7

McQuade, J.D., Hoza, B., Murray-Close, D., Waschbusch, D.A, & Owens, J.S., (2011). Changes in self-perceptions in children with ADHD: A longitudinal study of depressive symptoms and attributional style. Behavior Therapy, 42, 170-182. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2010.05.003

Hirshfeld-Becker, D.R., Masek, B., Henin, A., Blakely, L.R., Pollock, R.A., McQuade, J., DePetrillo, L., Breisch, J., Ollendick, T.H., Rosenbaum, J.F., & Biederman, J. (2010). Cognitive behavioral therapy for 4- to 7-year-old children with anxiety disorders: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 498-510. doi:10.1037/a0019055

McQuade, J.D., & Hoza, B. (2008). Peer problems in ADHD: Current status and future directions. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 14, 320-324. doi:10.1002/ddrr.35

Biederman, J., Petty, C., Faraone, S. V., Hirshfeld-Becker, D., Henin, A., Fraire, M., Henry, B., McQuade, J. & Rosenbaum, J. (2007). Developmental trajectories of anxiety disorders in offspring at high risk for panic disorder. Psychiatry Research, 153, 245-52. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2007.02.016


McQuade, J.D (2017). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Social Factors. In A.E. Wenzel (Ed). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

McQuade, J.D. & Hoza, B. (2014). Peer Relationships in Children with ADHD.  In R. Barkley (Ed). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, 4th Edition. (210-222) New York: Guilford Press.

Tomb, M., Linnea, K., McQuade, J.D., & Hoza, B. (2011). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and peer interactions. In B. Hoza & S. Evans (Eds.). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment and Intervention in Developmental Context. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.