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Karen S. Mooney

Lecturer of Psychology
Bailey 135

Karen Mooney has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2012.

Office Hours

Office hours vary by semester. See the bulletin board outside Dr. Mooney's office for current hours.

Research Interests

  • My research focuses on the quality of peer relationships (friendships and romantic relationships) in both adolescence and emerging adulthood, and utilizes both variable-oriented (comparing the values of variables to the values of other variables) and person-oriented (differentiating subgroups of individuals on the basis of distinctive patterns) approaches, taking advantage of their complimentary nature.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, 2007

  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, Purdue University, 2003

  • B.A., Psychology, Gettysburg College, 1997

Recent Courses Taught

  • Child Development

  • Adolescent Development

  • Introduction to Behavioral Statistics

  • Family Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Hiatt, C., Laursen, B., Mooney, K. S., & Rubin, K. H. (2015). Forms of friendship: A person-centered assessment of the quality, stability, and outcomes of different types of adolescent friends. Personality and Individual Differences, 77, 149-155. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.051

  • Mooney, K. S., & Laursen, B. (2011). Relationship networks. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Volume 4 (pp. 2334-2338). New York, NY: Springer.

  • Laursen, B., & Mooney, K. S. (2008). Relationship network quality: Adolescent adjustment and perceptions of relationships with parents and friends. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 47-53. doi:10.1037/0002-9432.78.1.47

  • Mooney, K. S., Laursen, B., & Adams, R. E. (2007). Social support and positive development: Looking on the bright side of adolescent close relationships. In R. K. Silbereisen & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Approaches to positive youth development (pp. 189-203). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

  • Laursen, B., Furman, W., & Mooney, K. S. (2006). Predicting interpersonal competence and self-worth from adolescent relationships and relationship networks: Variable-centered and person-centered perspectives. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 52, 572-600. doi:10.1353/mpq.2006.0030


  • PSYC 216: S/Adolescent Development

    An overview of the nature and course of human development during adolescence. Biological, cognitive, social, and personality development are considered, with emphasis on families, schools, and cultures as contexts for adolescent development.

  • PSYC 321: Dev Psych: Emerging Adulthood

    An advanced course examining particular developmental domains or issues, with an emphasis on evaluation of contemporary research. Typical offerings include topics in cognitive development, social development, and applied developmental psychology.

  • PSYC 397: Undergraduate Research Seminar

    This course provides experience in formulating research projects and applying research techniques in psychology through participation in a faculty-supervised research project and a student-faculty research seminar.