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Tiina  Ojanen

Tiina Ojanen

Tiina Ojanen
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4140
Phone: 813/974-8346



Dr. Ojanen received her Ph.D. at the University of Turku, Finland (2006), and completed her post-doctoral research at the University of Kansas (2007-2008). She specializes on the study of social goals, behaviors, and social adjustment among peers, using advanced analysis of social-developmental data.


Courses include two advanced undergraduate courses: Developmental Psychology (DEP4053) and Child and Adolescent Social Development (PSY4931). In addition, a graduate level seminar in Social Development is offered in varying semesters.


Dr. Ojanen’s research focuses on forms and functions of aggression (proactive/bullying, reactive, physical and relational aggression) among peers at school. In a social-motivational framework, she examines goals underlying bullying and other types of aggression, self-esteem, narcissism, psychopathic traits and other cognitive and affective constructs. Regarding social adjustment, her research focuses on peer acceptance, rejection, perceived popularity, friendships and peer influence. She has also conducted research on forms of prosocial behaviors and social withdrawal among peers at school.

Specialty Area

CNS (Social-developmental Psychology)