Included below is selected recent research from faculty-affiliates of the Center for Children and Families, grouped by topic


Caughy, M. O., & Owen, M. T. (2015). Cultural socialization and school readiness of African American and Latino preschoolers. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 391-399. doi: 10.1037/a0037928

Caughy, M. O., Owen, M. T., Hurst, J. R. (2015). Assessing developmental trajectories of executive functions in low income ethnic minority preschoolers: Challenges and opportunities. In: Griffin, J.A., Freund, L.S., McCardle P., Eds., Executive function in preschool age children: Integrating measurement, neurodevelopment, and translational research. pp. 279-298. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Peredo, T. N., Owen, M. T., Rojas, R., & Caughy, M. O. (2015). Child vocabulary, maternal behavior, and inhibitory control development among Spanish-speaking children. Early Education and Development, 26(5-6), 749-769. DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2015.1009319


Boyer, B. P., & Nelson, J. A. (2015). Longitudinal associations of childhood parenting and adolescent health: The mediating influence of social competence. Child Development, 86, 828-843. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12347

Caughy, M.O., Peredo, T., Owen, M.T., & Mills, B. (2016). Gender differences in the relation between mothering behaviors and child behavior problems among Hispanic preschoolers. Developmental Psychology, 52(2). Doi 10.1037/a0040075

Nelson, J. A. (2015). Child reactivity moderates the over-time association between mother-child conflict quality and externalizing problems. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39, 376-382. doi: 10.1177/0165025415573643

Nelson, J. A., Perry, N. B., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S. P., & Shanahan, L. (2016). Mothers’ and fathers’ reports of their supportive responses to their children’s negative emotions over time. Parenting: Science and Practice, 16(1), 56-62. doi: 10.1080/15295192.2016.1116895

Theobald, D., Farrington, D. P. & Piquero, A. R. (2015). Does the birth of a first child reduce the father’s offending? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48, 3-23. doi: 10.1177/0004865814537840


DeBruin, A., van Kleeck, A. & Gear, S. B. (Eds.) (2015). Developing early comprehension: Laying the foundation for reading success. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes. Publication

Ellis, E. M., Borovsky, A., Elman, J. L., & Evans, J. L. (2015). Novel word learning: An eye-tracking study. Are 18-month-old late talkers really different from their typical peers? Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 143-157.

Heilmann, J. J., Rojas, R., Iglesias, A., & Miller, J. F. (2015). Clinical impact of wordless picture storybooks on bilingual narrative language production: A comparison of the ‘Frog’ stories. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12201.

Hirsh-Pasek, K., Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., Owen, M. T., Golinkoff, R. M., Pace, A., Yust, P. K., & Suma, K. (2015). The contribution of early communication quality to low-income children’s language success. Psychological Science, 26(7), 1071-1083.  DOI: 10.1177/0956797615581493

Maguire, M. J., Abel, A. D., Schneider, J. M., Fitzhugh, A., McCord, J., & Jeevakumar, V. (2015).
Electroencephalography theta differences between object nouns and action verbs when identifying semantic relations. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(6), 673-683. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.1000344

Montgomery, J., Evans, J.L., Gillam, R., Sergeev, A., Finney, M. (2015). “Whatdunit?” Developmental changes in children’s syntactically-based sentence interpretation abilities and sensitivity to word order. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Mudar, R. A., Chiang, H. S., Maguire, M. J., Spence, J. S., Eroh, J., Kraut, M. A., & Hart, J. (2015). Effects of age on cognitive control during semantic categorization. Behavioural Brain Research, 287, 285-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.03.042

Rojas, R., Iglesias, A., Bunta, F., Goldstein, B., Goldenberg, C., & Reese, L. (2016). Interlocutor differential effects on the expressive language skills of Spanish-speaking English learners. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2015.1081290

Schwarz, A. L., van Kleeck, A., Beaton, D., Horne, E., McKenzie, H., & Abdi, H. (2015). A read-aloud storybook selection system for pre-readers at the preschool language level: A pilot study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 1273-1291.


Landrum, A. R., & Mills, C. M. (2015). Developing expectations regarding the boundaries of expertise. Cognition, 134, 215-231. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.10.013


Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., McVey, A., Rump, K.M., Sasson, N.J., Herrington, J.D, & Schultz, R.T. (2015). Measuring social attention and motivation in autism spectrum disorder using eye-tracking: Stimulus type matters. Autism Research, 8(5), 620-628. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1479

Faso, D. J., Sasson, N. J., & Pinkham, A. E. (2015). Evaluating posed and evoked facial expressions of emotion from adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 75-89. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2194-7

Rollins, P. R., Campbell, M., Hoffman, R.T., & Self, K. A (2016). A community-based early intervention program for toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 20 (2), 219-232. DOI: 10.1177/1362361315577217

Watson, K. K., Miller, S., Hanna, E., Kovac, M., Damanio, C. R., Sabatino-DiCrisco, A., Turner-Brown, L., Sasson, N. J., Platt, M. L., & Dichter, G. S. (2015). Increased reward value of nonsocial stimuli in children and adolescents with autism. Frontiers in Psychology: Psychopathology, 6, 1026. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01026.


Elashi, F. B., & Mills, C. M. (2015). Developing the Bias Blind Spot: Increasing skepticism towards others. PLoS ONE, 10, 1-11. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141809

Johnston, A. R., Mills, C. M., & Landrum, A. R. (2015). How do children weigh competence and benevolence when deciding whom to trust? Cognition, 144, 76-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.015


Shasteen, J. R., Sasson, N. J., & Pinkham, A. E. (2015). A detection advantage for facial threat in the absence of anger. Emotion, 15, 837-845. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000090


Baglivio, M. T., Wolff, K. T., Piquero, A. R., & Epps, N. (2015). The relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and juvenile offending trajectories in a juvenile offender sample. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43, 229-241. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X15613992

Bouffard, J., Craig, J., & Piquero, A. R. (2015) Comparing attitudinal and situational measures of self-control among felony offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 25, 112-125. DOI: 10.1002/cbm.1914

Cardwell, S. M., Piquero, A. R., Jennings, W. G., Copes, H., Schubert, C. A., & Mulvey, E. P. (2015). Variability in moral disengagement and its relation to offending in a sample of serious youthful offenders. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 42, 819-839. DOI: 10.1177/0093854814567472

Cohen, M. C., & Piquero, A. R. (2015). Benefits and costs of a targeted intervention program for youthful offenders: The YouthBuild USA Offender Project. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 6, 603-627. Abstract

Craig, J. M., Morris, R. G., Piquero, A. R., & Farrington, D. P. (2015). Heavy drinking ensnares adolescents into crime in early adulthood. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43, 142-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2015.02.005

DeLisi, M., Piquero, A. R, Cardwell, S. M. (2016). The unpredictability of murder: Juvenile homicide in the pathways to desistance study. Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, 14, 26-42. DOI: 10.1177/1541204014551805

Ehrenreich, S. E. & Underwood, M. K. (2015). Bullying, aggression, and human development. In R.A. Scott and S.M. Kosslyn (Co-General Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. NY: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0291

Feldstein Ewing, S. W., Filbey, F. M., Loughran, T. A., Chassin, L., & Piquero, A. R. (2015). Which matters most? Demographic, neuropsychological, personality, and situational factors in long-term marijuana and alcohol trajectories for justice-involved male youth. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 603-612. doi: 10.1037/adb0000076

Jennings, W. G., Piquero, A. R., Rocque, M., & Farrington, D. P. (2015). The effects of binge and problem drinking on problem behavior and adjustment over the life course: Findings from the Cambridge study in delinquent development. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43,453-463. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2015.09.002

Jones, S., Lynam, D., & Piquero, A. R. (2015) Substance use, personality, and inhibitors: Testing Hirschi’s predictions about the reconceptualization of self-control. Crime & Delinquency, 61, 538-558. DOI: 10.1177/0011128711420109

Larson, M., Sweeten, G, & Piquero, A. R. (2016). With or without you? Contextualizing the impact of romantic relationship breakup on crime among serious adolescent offenders. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 54-72. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-015-0318-9

Monahan, K., Steinberg, L., & Piquero, A. R. (2015). Juvenile justice policy and practice: A developmental perspective. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, 44, 577-619. DOI: 10.1086/681553

Reid, J. A., Piquero, A. R., & Sullivan, C. J. (2015). Exploring the impact of alcohol and marijuana use on commercial sexual exploitation among male youth using parallel-process latent growth curve modeling. Journal of Crime and Justice, 38, 377-394. DOI: 10.1080/0735648X.2014.965588

Shetgiri, R., Boots, D. P., Lin, H., & Cheng, T. (2015). Predictors of weapon-related violence among Latino youth. Journal of Pediatrics, DOI:

Wolff, K. T., Baglivio, M. T., Intravia, J., & Piquero, A. R. (2015). The protective impact of immigrant concentration on juvenile recidivism: A statewide analysis of youth offenders. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43, 522-531. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2015.05.004


Boots, D. P., Wareham, J., Bartula. A., & Canas, R. (2015). A comparison of the batterer intervention and prevention program to alternative court dispositions on 12-month recidivism. Violence Against Women. Prepublished December 17, 2015. pii: 1077801215618806


Ackerman, R. A., & Corretti, C. A. (2015). Pathological personality traits and intimacy processes within roommate relationships. In Special Issue: Social Consequences of Personality. European Journal of Personality, 29, 152-172. doi: 10.1002/per.1991

Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., & Corretti, C. A. (2015). A tutorial on analyzing data from speed-dating studies with heterosexual dyads. Personal Relationships, 22, 92-110. doi: 10.1111/pere.12065

Prager, K. J., Shirvani, F., Poucher, J., Cavallin, G., Truong, M., & Garcia, J. J. (2015). Recovery from conflict and
revival of intimacy in cohabiting couples. Personal Relationships, 22, 308-334. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12082


Boyer, B. P., Nelson, J. A., & Holub, S. C. (2015). Childhood body mass index trajectories predicting cardiovascular risk in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56, 599-605. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.01.006

Vaske, J. C., Newsome, J., Boisvert, D. L., Piquero, A. R., Paradis, A. D., & Buka, S. L. (2015).  The impact of low birth weight and maternal age on adulthood offending. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43, 49-56. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2014.12.003


Ehrenreich, S. E., Gentsch, J. K, Rosen, L. H., & Underwood, M. K.  (2015). Text messaging as a forum for negative and antisocial communication. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (pp. 1003-1010). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch082

Underwood, M.K. (2015). Protecting confidentiality in a study of adolescents’ digital communication. In R. Sternberg & S.T. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical Case Studies and Commentaries in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (pp.76-79). NY: Cambridge University Press.

Underwood, M.K., Ehrenreich, S.E., More, D., Solis, J.S., & Brinkley, D.Y. (2015). The BlackBerry Project: The hidden world of adolescents’ text messaging and relations with internalizing symptoms. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 101-117.  DOI: 10.1111/jora.12101