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Janelle Blazek


Assistant Professor of Psychology



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Office phone (989)-463-7206

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Dr. Blazek’s career at Alma began in 2022. She is an assistant professor of psychology at Alma College, teaching primarily in the developmental field. Her research explores adolescence and the number of major changes ensuing during this time. She explores how identity informs how we feel about our changing bodies and how others view and treat us. She explores what social messages are given to adolescents about puberty and sex education from both formal and informal sources, exploring their impact on behavior.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Psychology, Kalamazoo College
  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan

My Expertise

Social identities, puberty, sex and puberty education, disordered eating and eating disorders, biopsychosocial and sociocultural models.

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Blazek, J. L., Saint Arnault, D. M., & Carter, R. (2022). Breasts, butts, and thighs – Oh my! Weight spurt and body image messages in girls’ puberty books. Journal of Adolescent Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584221076052

Carter, R., Blazek, J. L., & Kwsele, C. (2020). Perceptions of pubertal timing relative to peers: Comparison targets and social contexts of comparison. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(2), 221-228. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000287