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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Joanna Gentsch


Joanna Gentsch

Director of Student and Community Engagement

PhD, The University of Texas at Dallas

Social-Emotional Development and Peer Relationships


JO 2.214

972-883-4179 phone email


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About Joanna Gentsch


Dr. Gentsch has had a long affiliation with UT Dallas, receiving both her doctorate in Psychological Sciences and her MS in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the university. She received her BS in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.


Prior to joining the Center for Children and Families (CCF), Dr. Gentsch has had a varied career. She was the Project Manager for the BlackBerry Project, a longitudinal study of peer relationships, an early intervention specialist working with children and families, and a Public Relations professional in corporate and institutional settings.


In addition to working with CCF, Dr. Gentsch also enjoys teaching classes and working with undergraduates in her role as Assistant Dean in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Recent Publications


Underwood, M.K., Rosen, L. H., More, D., Ehrenreich, S., & Gentsch, J. K. (in press). The BlackBerry Project: Capturing the content of adolescents' electronic communication. Developmental Psychology.


Rosen, L. H., Underwood, M. K., Beron, K. B., Gentsch, J. K., Wharton, M., & Rahdar, E. (2009). Persistent versus periodic experiences of social victimization: Predictors of adjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 693-704.


Underwood, M.K., Beron, K.J., Gentsch, J.K., Galperin, M.B. & Risser, S.D. (2008). Family Correlates of Children's social and physical aggression with peers: Negative interparental conflict strategies and parenting styles. International Journal of Behavioral Development, Vol. 32, No. 6, 549-562.