Dr. Jane Mendle received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her clinical internship at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. She joined the faculty of Cornell University's Department of Human Development in Fall 2011, following three years as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Oregon. Her research is focused on adolescence, primarily how different aspects of puberty -- its timing and tempo, its early life antecedents, and the ways that children, peers, and family member perceive and understand it -- lay the groundwork for future adjustment or maladjustment. Because puberty is a transition which spans biological, social, and psychological domains, this work is inherently interdisciplinary, integrating developmental psychopathology with behavior genetics, public health, evolutionary psychology, and epidemiology.
Mendle, J., Ferrero, J., Moore, S., & Harden, K.P. Depression and adolescent sexual activity in romantic and nonromantic relational contexts. In press, Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
Mendle, J., Harden, K.P., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Graber, J. (2012). Peer relationships and depressive symptomatology in boys at puberty. Developmental Psychology, 48, 429-435.
Mendle, J., & Ferrero, J. (2012). Detrimental psychological outcomes associated with pubertal timing in boys. Developmental Review, 32, 49-66.
Harden, K.P., & Mendle, J. (2012). Gene-environment interplay in the association between pubertal timing and delinquency in adolescent girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 12, 73-87.
Mendle, J., Leve, L.D., van Ryzin, M., Natsuaki, M.N., & Ge, X. Associations between early life stress, child maltreatment, and pubertal development in foster care girls. (2011). Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21,871-880.
Mendle, J., Harden, K.P., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Graber, J.A. (2010). Development’s tortoise and hare: pubertal timing, pubertal tempo, and depressive symptoms in boys and girls. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1341-1353.
Mendle, J., Harden, K.P., Turkheimer, E., van Hulle, C., D’Onofrio, B.M., Brooks-Gunn, J., Rodgers, J.L., Emery, R.E., & Lahey, B.B. (2009). Associations between father absence and age of first sexual intercourse. Child Development, 80, 1463-1480.