Department Chair:
F. Stephan Mayer

Administrative Assistant:
Joan Gleason

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8355
Fax: (440) 775-8356


120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - TBD

Travis Wilson

Travis Wilson

Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Severance Laboratory 228A
(440) 775-8355

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-Noon and Thursday 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Travis Wilson

Travis Wilson

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1997
  • Master of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

I teach courses in developmental psychology, research methods in psychology and developmental science, and a seminar in child development. My research concerns social adaptation during middle childhood, a time when children’s competencies take flight and engender greater agency to live cooperatively in social groups. I study developmental processes of children’s peer relations in school settings and links between children’s peer relations and academic motivation. Because children’s relationships are dynamic (they gain and lose friends all the time) and multilayered (they are immersed in friendship dyads, peer groups, and neighborhood environments), I also have interests in social network analysis and other innovative methodologies.

Recent Publications

Jamison, R., Wilson, T. M., & Ryan, A. M. (In press, early preview available online). Too cool for school? The relationship between coolness and academic reputation in the first year of middle school. Social Development.

Wilson, T.M., Rodkin, P. C., & Ryan, A. M. (2014).  The company they keep and avoid: Social goal orientation as a predictor of children’s ethnic segregation.Developmental Psychology, 50, 1116-1124.

Rodkin, P., Ryan, A. M., Jamison, J., & Wilson, T.M. (2013).  Social goals in middle childhood:  Relations to social behavior and social status. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1139-1150. 

Wilson, T.M., & Rodkin, P. C. (2013). Children’s cross-ethnic relations in contemporary elementary schools: Concurrent and prospective associations between ethnic segregation and social status. Child Development, 84, 1081-1097. 

Wilson, T., & Rodkin, P. C. (2011). African American and European American children in diverse elementary classrooms: Social integration, social status, and social behavior. Child Development, 82, 1454-1469.