Kim Kamper Demarco

Kimberly E. K. DeMarco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Buckham Hall A239A
Office: (716) 878-6215

Dr. Kamper-DeMarco received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo. She joined the faculty at Buffalo State in 2018. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kamper-DeMarco is interested in how peer victimization and aggression contributes to the development of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Recently, she is interested in examining how children’s self-regulatory skills may place them at risk for victimization by their peers.

Current Research Projects

Theories linking Social Skills and Adjustment in Children and Adolescents

SUNY Buffalo State, Psychology Department

I am currently working on a chapter summarizing theories that link social skills and adjustment in children and adolescents.

Examining the stability of self-regulation measures

To be started at SUNY Buffalo State, Psychology Department

Self-regulation has been measured using both behavioral and self-report measurements. However, there is often little to no consistent association between behavioral and self-report measurements as well as within behavioral measures. This project seeks to assess self-regulation using both behavioral and self-report measures over time to better understand their association.

Associations between peer aggression/victimization and alcohol use in adolescence

SUNY at Buffalo, Department of Nursing

Working Dr. Jennifer Livingston in the Department of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, we are examining how aggressive/bullying behavior and peer victimization are associated with later alcohol and marijuana use in adolescents. Using a longitudinal study, we seek to answer how peer victimization and aggression change throughout adolescence and how it is related to maladjustment (e.g., substance use, psychopathology).

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Fillo, J., Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., Brown, W. C., Stasiewicz, P., & Bradizza, C. M. (accepted, 2018). Emotion regulation difficulties and social control correlates of smoking among pregnant women trying to quit. Addictive Behaviors.

Ostrov, J. M., Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., Blakely-McClure, S. J., Perry, K. J., & Mutignani, L. (in press). Prospective associations between relational aggression/bullying and social-psychological adjustment during early childhood: Is there a difference between aggression and bullying? Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Nickerson, A. B., Livingston, J. A. & Kamper-DeMarco, K. E. (2018). Evaluation of Second Step child protection videos: A randomized controlled trial. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Kamper-DeMarco, K. E. & Ostrov, J. M. (2017). Prospective associations between peer victimization and social-psychological adjustment problems in early childhood. Aggressive Behavior, 43, 471-482. doi:10.1002/ab.21705

Ostrov, J. M., Godleski, S. A., Kamper-DeMarco, K. E., Blakely-McClure, S. J., & Celenza, L. (2015). Replication and extension of the early childhood friendship project: Effects on physical and relational bullying. School Psychology Review, 44(4), 445-463. doi: 10.17105/spr-15-0048.1

Ostrov, J. M., & Kamper, K. E. (2015). Future directions for research on the development of peer victimization subtypes. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44(3), 509-519, doi:10.1080/15374416.2015.1012723. (Special issue: “Peer Victimization”) *Reprinted in: Prinstein, M. J. (Ed., 2017). Future work in clinical child and adolescent psychology: a research agenda. New York, NY: Routledge

Godleski, S. A., Kamper, K. E., Ostrov, J. M., Hart, E. J., & Blakely-McClure, S. J. (2014). Peer victimization and peer rejection during early childhood. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44(3), 380-392, doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.940622.

Ostrov, J. M., Kamper, K. E., Hart, E. J., Godleski, S. A., Blakely-McClure, S. J. (2014). A gender-balanced approach to the study of peer victimization and aggression subtypes in early childhood.      Development and Psychopathology, 26, 575-587. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414000248.

Kamper, K. E., & Ostrov, J. M. (2013). Forms of childhood aggression predicting adolescent social-psychological adjustment: The role of negative friendship quality. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(6), 855-862. doi: 10.1080/15374416. 2013.844595

Ostrov, J. M., Hart, E. J., Kamper, K. E., Godleski S. A. (2011). Relational aggression in women during emerging adulthood: A social process model. Behavioral Sciences and the Law (Special Issue on Aggression and Violence in Women), 29, 695-710. doi: 10.1002/bsl.1002

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Ostrov, J. M., Blakely-McClure, S. J., Perry, K. J., & Kamper-DeMarco, K. E. (2018). Definitions: Form and functions of aggression. Invited chapter in S. Coyne & J. M. Ostrov (Eds.).  The Development of Relational Aggression.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Ostrov, J. M., Blakely-McClure, S. J. & Kamper-DeMarco, K. E. (2016). Developmental roots of bullying. In C. Bradshaw (Ed.) Handbook of Bullying Prevention. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

​Courses Usually Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY101)

  • Lifespan Development (PSY355)

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Development (PSY 357)

  • Abnormal Child Psychology (PSY393)

  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 450)

Research Interests​

​Development of the forms and functions of aggressive behavior; peer victimization in children and adolescents; peer relationships; self-regulation; developmental psychopathology