Olga Kornienko

Olga Kornienko

Olga Kornienko

Assistant Professor

Applied Developmental Psychology: Adolescent Development, Development of Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant Youth, Psychological Adjustment, Social Networks, Social Network Analysis, Physiological Processes to Stress, Social Status, and Immunity

Dr. Olga Kornienko is an Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Her research examines how peer networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation, intergroup processes, development, and health across adolescence and young adulthood. Her work seeks to (1) inform strategies and tactics for mitigating negative and leveraging salubrious peer influence in social groups and (2) use this research to promote positive development and health.

Dr. Kornienko 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, psychosocial, and physiological outcomes. She uses multi-method assessment tools including self- and peer reports, salivary measurement of hormones related to stress and social status, and immune system biomarkers to capture youth development in naturalistic settings (e.g., schools, organizations).

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Before joining Mason, she has been an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University (Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, and Department of Psychology). Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.


Selected Publications

Kornienko, O., Schaefer, D. R., Ha, T., & Granger, D. A. (2020). Loneliness and cortisol are associated with social network regulation. Social Neuroscience. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2019.1709540.

Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Kornienko, O., McDermott, E., & Motti-Stefanidi, F. (2019). National identity development and friendship network dynamics among immigrant and non-immigrant youth. Journal of Youth & Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01181-1.

Kornienko, O., Davila, M., & Santos, C. E. (2019). Friendship network dynamics of aggressive and rule-breaking antisocial behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Youth & Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-019-01109-9

Kornienko O., Ha, T., & Dishion, T. J. (2019). Dynamic pathways between rejection and antisocial behavior in peer networks: Update and test of confluence model. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001645 

Kornienko, O., Schaefer, D. R., Pressman, S., & Granger, D. A. (2018). Associations between salivary secretory immunoglobulin A and social network structure. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12529-018-9742-z

Cheng, J.T., Kornienko, O., & Granger, D. A. (2018). Prestige in a large-scale social group predicts longitudinal changes in testosterone. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,114, 924-944.  doi:10.1037/pspi0000126.

Kornienko O., Dishion, T. J., & Ha, T. (2017). Peer network dynamics and the amplification of antisocial to violent behavior among young adolescents in public middle school. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1063426617742345

Kornienko, O., Agadjanian, V., Menjivar, C., & Zotova, N. (2017). Financial and emotional support in close personal ties among Central Asian migrant women in Russia. Social Networks. doi: 10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.006

Santos, C. E., Kornienko, O., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2017). Peer influence on ethnic-racial identity development: A multi-site investigation. Child Development, 88, 725-742. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12789.

Kornienko, O., Santos, C. E., Martin, C. L., & Granger, K. L. (2016). Peer influence on gender identity development in adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1578-1592. doi: 10.1037/dev0000200.

Kornienko, O., Schaefer, D. R., Weren, S., Hill, G., & Granger, D. A. (2016). Cortisol and testosterone associations with social network dynamics. Hormones & Behavior, 80, 92-102. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.01013

Kornienko, O., Clemans, K. H., Out, D., & Granger, D. A. (2014). Hormones, behavior, and social network analysis: Exploring associations between cortisol, testosterone, and network structure. Hormones & Behavior, 66, 534-544. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.07.009

Kornienko, O., & Santos, C. E. (2014). The effects of friendship network popularity on depressive symptoms during early adolescence: Moderation by fear of negative evaluation and gender. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 541-553. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9979-4

Kornienko, O., Clemans, K., Out, D., & Granger, D. A. (2013). Friendship network position and salivary cortisol levels. Social Neuroscience, 8, 385-396. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2013.795500

Martin, C. L.,* Kornienko, O.,* Schaefer, D. R., Hanish, L. D., Fabes, R. A., & Goble, P. (2013). The role of sex of peers and gender-typed activities in young children’s peer affiliative networks: A longitudinal analysis of selection and influence. Child Development, 84, 921-937. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12032. *Equal contributions


Grants and Fellowships

2016-2018. Loan Repayment Award. National Institute of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Clinical Research (L30 DA042448)

2014-2017. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Behavioral and institutional barriers to HIV prevention among migrant women. (1R21HD078201)

Courses Taught

PSYC 301 Research Methods (face-to-face, online)

PSYC 314 Adolescent Development (face-to-face, online)

PSYC 461/592/892 Adolescence: Development, Peers, and Health 

PSYC 654 Naturalistic Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 892 Social Network Analysis 



Ph.D., Family and Human Development, The Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University. 2010

M.S., Family and Human Development, The Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University. 2007 

B.S., Psychology, Bellevue University. 2002

B.S. (equiv.), Psychology, Concentration: Physiological Psychology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). 2002