Stephanie M Reich

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Associate Professor, Education
School of Education

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, Community Psychology

Phone: (949) 824-5970

University of California, Irvine
3454 Education
Mail Code: 5500
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Child Development, Parenting, Peer Interactions, Media, Program Evaluation
Academic Distinctions
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Fellow, Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association
Distinguished Early Career Applied Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology Award, Division 46 American Psychological Association
Early Career Award, Society for Community Research and Action (division 27 of APA)
Faculty Mentor of the Month, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of California, Irvine
Dean’s Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Department of Education, UCI
Newbrough Award for Academic Writing
Julius Seeman Award for Academic and Professional Excellence
National Institutes of Health’s Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship Award for Pediatric Research
Research Abstract

Stephanie M. Reich earned her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Reich's research is focuses on understanding and improving the social context of children’s lives. As such, her empirical investigations center on two contributors to children’s socialization: parents and peers. The bulk of her interest examines parent and peer interactions in early childhood with additional research investigating peer interactions in adolescence. Her professional goal is to illuminate how parents and peers affect children’s socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical development with the aim of creating interventions to promote physical and mental health and academic success.

The bulk of Dr. Reich's work explores direct and indirect influences (i.e., transactions) on the child, specifically through the family, online, and school environment. Her research on the family has focused on parenting behaviors and the direct and moderational influences of maternal knowledge, efficacy, support, and home and community environment on development. Dr. Reich has also been involved in peer research where she has been examining the role of individual behaviors (e.g., aggression, emotional regulation, prosocial behavior) and peer interactions (e.g., in-person and on-line) on range of child outcomes.
Yau, J.C. & Reich, S.M., (2018). “It’s just a lot of work.” Adolescents' self-presentation norms and practices on Facebook and Instagram. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Online pre-release. doi: 10.1111/jora.12376 PMID: 29430759
Reich, S.M., Black, R.W. & Foliaki, T. (2018). Constructing difference: Lego set narratives promote stereotypic gender roles and play. Sex Roles, 79(5-6), 285-298. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017-0868-2
Callaghan, M. N. & Reich, S. M. (2018). Are educational preschool apps designed to teach? An analysis of the app market. Learning, Media and Technology. 3, 280-293. doi: 10.1080/17439884.2018.1498355
Yau, J.C. & Reich, S.M. (2018). Are the qualities of adolescents’ offline friendships present in digital interactions? Adolescent Research Review, 3(3), 339-355. doi: 10.1007/s40894-017-0059-y
Callaghan, M. N., Long, J., van Es, E., Reich, S. M., & Rutherford, T. (2018). How teachers integrate a math computer game: Professional development use, teaching practices, and student achievement. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 34(1), 10-19. doi: 10.1111/jcal.12209
Yau, J.C., Reich, S.M, Wang, Y., Niiya, M., & Mark, G. (2018). More friends, more interactions? The association of network size and friend contact on Facebook. First Monday, 23, 5-7. doi: 10.5210/fm.v23i5.8195
McManus, M., Khalessi, A., Lin, J., Ashraf, J., & Reich, S.M. (2017). Connecting positive feelings during pregnancy with early feeding practices and infant health. International Pediatrics. Online preprint.
Coyne, S., Radesky, J., Collier, K., Gentile, D., James, C., Linder, J., Nathanson, A., Rasmussen, E., Reich, S.M., Rogers, J. (2017). Family, parenting, and media: The current state and future of the field. Pediatrics, 140, s112-116. doi: 10. 1542/ peds. 2016- 1758N [note: alphabetical after first two authors]
Reich, S.M. (2016). Connecting offline social competence to online peer interactions. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. online advanced publication. doi: 10.1037/ppm0000111
Reich, S.M., Yau, J.C.. & Warschauer, M. (2016). Tablet-based eBooks for young children: What does the research say? Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 37(7), 585-591.
Lin, J., & Reich, S.M. (2016). How mothers’ perceptions of neighborhood disorder are associated with children’s home environment quality. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(6), 714-728. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21796
Reich, S.M., Kay, J.S., & Lin, G.C. (2015). Nourishing a partnership to improve middle school lunch options: A community-based participatory research project. Family & Community Health, 38(1), 77-86.
Lin, J., Reich, S.M., Kataoka, S., & Farkas, G. (2015). Maternal reading self-efficacy associated with perceived barriers to reading. Child Development Research. doi: 10.1155/2015/218984
Albarran, A., & Reich, S.M. (2014). Improving the developmental trajectory of maternal self-efficacy in the first 18 months. Infant and Child Development, 23, 374-387. doi: 10.1002/icd.1832
Auger, A., Reich, S.M., & Penner, E. (2014). The effects of baby books on maternal beliefs about reading. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35(4), 337-346. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2014.05.007
Reich, S.M., Black, R.W. & Korobkova, K. (2014). Establishing connections and community in virtual worlds for children. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(3), 255-267 doi: 10.1002/jcop.21608
Black, R.W. & Reich, S.M. (2013). A sociocultural approach to exploring virtual worlds. G. Merchant, J. Gillen, J. Marsh & J. Davies (Eds.), Virtual literacies: Interactive spaces for children and young people. (p. 27-40) London: Routledge.
Reich, S.M., Korobkova, K.A., Black, R.W., & Sumaroka, M. (2013). “Hey! Can you show me how to do this?”: Digital games mediating family interactions. In A. Burke & J. Marsh (Eds.). Children's virtual play worlds: Culture, learning and participation. (pp. 133-150) Peter Lang.
Khalessi, A. & Reich, S.M. (2013). A month of breastfeeding associated with greater adherence to pediatric nutrition guidelines. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. doi: 10.1080/02646838.2013.784898
Scholer, S., Reich, S., Boshers, R., & Bickman, L. (2012). A brief program improved counseling of mothers with children who have persistent aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(6), 991-1004.
Reich, S., Penner, E., Duncan, G., & Auger, A. (2012). Using baby books to change new mothers’ attitudes about corporal punishment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 108-117
Black, R.W. & Reich, S.M. (2012). Culture and community in a virtual world for young children. In C. Steinkuehler & K. Squire (Eds.) Games, learning, and society: Learning and meaning in the digital age. (pp. 210-228). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Reich, S.M. & Black, R.W. (2012). Lost opportunities on Webkinz: The limited educational benefits of a virtual world when developmental abilities are not considered. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 136-145.
Reich, S., Penner, E., & Duncan, G. (2011). Using baby books to increase new mothers’ safety practices. Academic Pediatrics, 11(1), 34-43.
Reich, S.M. Subrahmanyam, K. & Espinoza, G. (2012). Friending, IMing and hanging out face-to-face: Overlap in adolescents’ online and offline social networks. Developmental Psychology, 48(2), 356-368.
Reich, S. & Vandell, D. (2011). The interplay between parents and peers as socializing influences in children’s development. In P.K. Smith and C. Hart (Eds.) Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Child Social Development. (pp. 263-280) New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Black, R. & Reich, S. (2011). Affordances and constraints of scaffolded learning in a virtual world for young children. International Journal of Game Based Learning, 1(2), 52-64.
Reich, S., Bickman, L., Saville, B., Alvarez, J. (2010). The effectiveness of baby books for providing pediatric anticipatory guidance to new mothers. Pediatrics, 125(5), 997-1002.
Reich, S. (2010). Adolescents’ sense of community on MySpace and Facebook: A mixed methods approach. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(6), 688-705.
Waechter, N., Subrahmanyam, K., Reich, S., & Espinoza, G. (2010). Teenagers connecting online: From chat rooms to social networking sites. (p. 151-178). In D. Riha & A. Maj (Eds.), Emerging Practices in Cyberculture and Social Networking. Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York.
Subrahmanyam, K., Reich, S., Waechter, N., & Espinoza, L. (2008). Online and offline social networks: Use of social networking sites by emerging adults. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 420-433.
Reich, S., Riemer, M., Prilleltensky, I. & Montero, M. (2007). History and Theories of Community Psychology: An international perspective. Springer (edited book).
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