Benjamin Oosterhoff, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3829
Fax: 832-825-9599

Contact Information

1102 Bates Avenue
Suite C.0235.05
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston post-doctoral fellow 2017
West Virginia University PhD Doctor of Philosophy 2015
West Virginia University masters Masters of Science 2013


Dr. Oosterhoff is a developmental psychologist specializing in promoting positive youth development among children and adolescents, particularly those who have experienced adversity or trauma. His research interests include understanding how both positive and negative community contexts and schools can impact health and well-being, and how to engage youth within their communities to promote positive change and resilience. He also has a strong interest in advanced statistical modeling and serves as the program evaluator for the Trauma and Grief Center. 

Selected Publications

Oosterhoff, B., Kaplow, J. B., Layne, C. M., & Pynoos, R. (in press). Civilization and its discontented: Links between youth victimization, beliefs about government, and political participation across seven American presidencies. American Psychologist.

Oosterhoff, B., Kaplow, J. B., Wray-Lake, L., & Gallagher, K. (2017). Activity-specific pathways among duration of organized activity involvement, social support, and adolescent well-being: Findings from a nationally representative sample. Journal of Adolescence 60, 83-93. 

Oosterhoff, B., Shook, N. J., Clay, W. R. & Metzger, A. (2017). Differential and domain-specific associations among right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, and adolescent delinquency. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 43, 1296-1310. 

Oosterhoff, B., Ferris, K. A., Palmer, C. A., & Metzger, A. (2017). Longitudinal associations among adolescents’ sociopolitical values and organized activity participation. Social Development 1-14.

Oosterhoff, B., & Metzger, A. (2017). Domain specificity in adolescents’ concepts of laws: Associations among beliefs and behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence 27, 139-154.