Niwako Sugimura

Assistant Professor
341F Graff Main Hall

Specialty area(s)

Peer relationships, temperament, stress and coping, and emotional and behavioral adjustment in children and adolescents.

Brief biography

I was born and raised in Japan. When I was in high school, I went to Texas and went to a local high school for a year as an exchange student. I went back to Japan to finish high school and college, before I started my graduate training in Chicago and Champaign, IL. Now I am in Wisconsin!

Current courses at UWL

PSY 210 Developmental Psychology, PSY 356 The School-Aged Child,  PSY 357 Adolescence

Teaching history

Introductory Psychology, Research Methods in Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology (at the University of Illinois).

Research and publishing

Sugimura, N., Berry, D. J., Troop-Gordon, W., & Rudolph, K. D. (2017). Early social behaviors and the trajectory of peer victimization across the school years. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1447-1461.

Troop-Gordon, W., Rudolph, K. D., & Sugimura, N. (2017). Responses to interpersonal stress: Normative changes across childhood and the impact of peer victimization. Child Development, 88, 640-657.

Troop-Gordon, W., Rudolph, K. D., Sugimura, N., & Little, T.D. (2015). Peer victimization in middle childhood impedes adaptive responses to stress: A pathway to depressive symptoms. Invited paper for Special Issue of Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 432-445.

Sugimura, N., Rudolph, K.D., & Agoston, A. M. (2014). Depressive symptoms following coping with peer aggression: The moderating role of negative emotionality. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 563-575.

Rudolph, K. D., Lansford, J. E., Agoston, A. M., Sugimura, N., Schwartz, D., Dodge, K. A., Pettit, G. S & Bates, J. E. (2014). Peer victimization and social alienation: Predicting deviant peer affiliation in middle school. Child Development, 85, 124-139.

Sugimura, N. & Rudolph, K. D. (2012). Temperamental differences in children’s reactions to peer victimization. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 314-328.

Rudolph, K. D., Abaied, J. L., Flynn, M., Sugimura, N., & Agoston, A. M. (2011). Developing relationships, being cool, and not looking like a loser: Social goal orientation predicts children’s responses to peer aggression. Child Development, 82, 1518-1530.


B.Ed. Education (Major: Educational Psychology), University of Tokyo
M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago
M.A. Psychology (Major: Developmental Psychology), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Ph.D. Psychology (Major: Developmental Psychology, Minor: Quantitative Psychology), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign