Olga Kornienko is a developmental scientist, who approaches her research from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on theories and methods from developmental psychology, human development and family science, network science, and behavioral endocrinology. She employs longitudinal research designs, social network analysis, and advanced statistical modeling approaches to understand how social dynamics shape developmental and psychosocial outcomes. She uses multi-method assessment tools including self- and peer reports, salivary measurement of hormones related to stress and social status to capture youth development in the naturalistic settings (e.g., schools, organizations).

Her research program aims to

  1. To expand the contemporary understanding of social context to include social network dynamics,
  2. To inform strategies and tactics for addressing challenging societal problems, including mitigating negative and leveraging salubrious peer influence in social groups.

Olga Kornienko received her Ph.D. in Family & Human Development from the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She was a research faculty at the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience and Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research has been funded by National Institutes of Health. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Youth and Adolescence.