Associate Professor041608_Hongling_Xie_008
519 Weiss Hall
1701 N 13th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Aggression, Victimization, Peer social networks


Dr. Xie received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BS in psychology from Peking University (Beijing, China). Her research focuses on the development of physical and social forms of aggression and victimization among children and adolescents, social status and group affiliations in school peer social networks, and peer social dynamics associated with aggression and victimization. Related interests include gender differences, cross-cultural comparisons, and quantitative and qualitative methods.

Selected Publications

  • Dawes, M. & Xie, H. (2013). The role of popularity goal in early adolescents’ behaviors and popularity status. Developmental Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0032999
  • Xie, H., Dawes, M., Wurster, J. T., & Shi, B. (2013). Aggression, academic behaviors, and popularity perceptions among boys of color during the transition to middle school. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83(2pt3), 265-277. doi: 10.1111/ajop.12039
  • Li, Y., Xie., H., & Shi, J. (2012). Chinese and American children’s perceptions of popularity determinants: Cultural differences and behavioral correlates. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36(6), 420-429. doi:10.1177/0165025412446393
  • Shi, B., & Xie, H. (2012). Socialization of physical aggression and social aggression in early adolescents’ peer groups: High-status peers, individual status, and gender. Social Development, 21(1), 170-194. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9507.2011.00621.x
  • Xie, H., Drabick, D. A. G., & Chen, D. (2011). Developmental trajectories of aggression from late childhood through adolescence: Similarities and differences across gender. Aggressive Behavior, 37(5), 387-404. doi:10.1002/ab.20404
  • Xie, H. & Shi, B. (2009). Gender similarities and differences in preadolescent peer groups: Group structure and ethnic diversity. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 55, 157-183. doi:10.1353/mpq.0.0021
  • Xie, H., Li, Y., Boucher, S. M., Hutchins, B. C., & Cairns, B. D. (2006). What makes a girl (or a boy) popular (or unpopular)? African-American children’s perceptions and developmental differences. Developmental Psychology, 42, 599-612. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.42.4.599
  • Xie, H., Cairns, B. D., & Cairns, R. B. (2005). The development of aggressive behaviors among girls: Measurement issues, social functions, and differential trajectories. In D. Pepler, K. Madsen, C. Webster, & K. Levene (Eds.), Development and Treatment of Girlhood Aggression (pp. 103-134). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Xie, H., Farmer, T. W., & Cairns, B. D. (2003). Different forms of aggression in peer conflicts among Inner-city African-American children: Gender differences, profiles of strategies, and school social networks. Journal of School Psychology, 41, 355-375. doi:10.1016/S0022-4405(03)00086-4
  • Xie, H., Swift, D. J., Cairns, B. D., & Cairns, R. B. (2002). Aggressive behaviors in social interaction and developmental adaptation: A narrative analysis of interpersonal conflicts during early adolescence. Social Development, 11, 205-224. doi:10.1111/1467-9507.00195
  • Xie, H., Cairns, B. D., & Cairns, R. B. (2001). Predicting teen motherhood and teen fatherhood: Individual characteristics and peer affiliations. Social Development, 10, 488-511. doi:10.1111/1467-9507.00177
  • Xie, H., Cairns, R. B., & Cairns, B. D. (1999). Social networks and configurations in inner-city schools: Aggression, popularity, and implications for students with EBD. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 7, 147-156. doi:10.1177/106342669900700303

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Developmental Psychology
  • Social, Emotional, and Personality Development
  • Psychology Capstone: Gender Development
  • Topical seminar in Developmental Psychology