Dr. Olga Kornienko is an Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology and Faculty Affiliate Member in Human Development and Family Studies at George Mason University. Her research examines how real-life social networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation, development, and health across the lifespan and particularly during adolescence.
She explores several research questions:
- How do social networks (e.g., friendship, conflict) influence psychological adaptation, health, and biological processes?
- How do networks play protective and detrimental roles for psychological adaptation and health?
Her research focuses on understanding how social networks shape:
- Biological processes related to stress, social status, and immunity
- Psychological adjustment
- Physical health and health-risk behavior
- Gender and ethnic-racial identity development