Leslie Echols, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Missouri State University. She holds a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in human development and psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. She also hold a M.S. in education from City University of New York. She is a former elementary education teacher and currently studies peer relations in the school context. Specifically, much of her research investigates the role of school ethnic composition and scheduling practices on friendship and victimization among classmates and other peers.