1. James O’Neill “Prediction of early alcohol use among maltreated 11-to 15-
year-olds in foster care.” Defended 10/95.
2. Kristen McCabe “Familial risk and protective factors for the development of
future orientation: A study of high risk children.” Defended 6/96.
3. Ruth Anan “Children’s perceptions of social support: Construct validity
and developmental precursors.” Defended 10/96.
4. John McCaskill “Maternal grief reactions to their children’s birth defects:
Factors influencing grief resolution.” Defended 9/97.
5. Kimberly Sirl “Validity of the Attachment Story Completion Task
Among African American Six-Year-Olds.” Defended 8/98.
6. David Modders “The development of prosocial and antisocial behavior among
urban, African American children.” Defended 9/98.
7. Kelli Hill Hunt “Predicting psychosocial adjustment: A longitudinal study of
toddlers with birth defects.” Defended 7/99.
8. Christine Butler “Parenting a child who has a birth defect: The relation of mothers’ expressed emotion and synchrony with toddler attachment patterns.”
Defended 4/00.
9. Shari Kidwell “Attachment and vagal tone as predictors of self-regulation among low-income, African American children: A multivariate, longitudinal approach.” Defended 10/30/00.
10. Elizabeth Robins “Evaluation of Youth Violence Prevention Program”
Defended 11/1/00
11. Melissa Clements “Effectiveness of the Michigan School Readiness Program on school success from kindergarten through third grade.” Defended 10/3/01
12. Lilly Jacobson “Psychological predictors of children’s competency as witnesses in sexual abuse trials.” Defended 12/01
13. Jeffrey Wendt “A longitudinal study of the stability of attachment in a low- income urban sample.” Defended 3/02
14. Jennifer Gramzow “The self in low-income urban, African American preschoolers: Longitudinal and concurrent relationships with attachment parenting and school functioning.” Defended 9/02
15. Rashmi Bhandari “Parenting and socio-emotional development: A longitudinal study of African American children.” Defended 9/02
16. Heather L. Chruscial “Physical activity, mood & self-esteem: A mediational model of maternal self-efficacy and energy” Defended 11/02
17. Michael Behen “Development and validation of the pervasive developmental disorders checklist.” Defended 2/04
18. Meliksah Demir “How many friends are optimal for happiness?”
Defended 4/07, Co-chair Valerie Simon
19. Emanuel van Bolden “Economic stress, parenting, and child outcomes.” Defended 6/07
20. Ami Smith “Verbal and social functioning among boys in the criminal justice system” Defended 7/08
21. Julie E. Braciszewski “Trajectories of emotion regulation in middle childhood: An investigation of attachment, temperament, and language “
Defended May 2010
22. Hema Masen “Nonresident fathers parenting and child and adolescent development” Defended May 2011
23. Lesley A. Hetterscheidt (Weitekamp) “Parent adherence to psychologist
recommendations: The role of expressed emotion about child and reaction to diagnosis. Defended June 2011
24. Jackie Issner “Motivating adolescents to chat for health (MATCH): Promoting healthy changes in at-risk youth.” Defended July 2012
25. Alicia January “Tell me more about it: An inquiry into intelligence scores and their relations with achievement and problem behavior.” Defended July 2012
26. Eamonn Arble “An analysis of the self: The development and assessment of a measure of selfobject needs.” Defended July 2014
27. Angela Fedawa (Peeper) “Identifying and understanding non-suicidal self-injury among college students.” Defended July 2014
28. Brittany Kohlberger “Health-related behaviors in low-income, minority youth: The role of motivation, basic needs, mental health, and environmental barriers.” Defended October 2014. Co-advisor with Dr. Simon


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