Behavioral and Mental Health Research



Current Projects

Examining the impact of a trauma-focused intervention for caregivers of preterm infants on caregiver-infant attachment (PI: Angelica Moreyra; Co-Investigators: Marian Williams, Melissa Carson)

Identifying Mechanisms of Support for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Leveraging Methods from Computer Science to Study Lived Experience via Reddit (PI: Emma Preston; Faculty Advisor: Amy West)

Association Between Parental Aggravation and Media Use Among Children With Different Severities of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (PI: Karen Koser; Co-Investigators: Alexis Deavenport-Saman; Douglas Vanderbilt)

Referral Flow and Triggers for Infant Mental Health in the NICU. (Marian Williams, PI)

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 RAINBOW Treatment for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation. (Amy West, PI)



DC: 0-5 Survey (PI: Marian Williams)


The Implementation of Telemental Health for Early Childhood Clients(PI: Marian Williams)




      • Blum N, Shults J, Barbaresi W, Vanderbilt DL, Bax A, Cacia J, Deavenport-Saman A, Friedman S, Loe IM, Mittal S, Vanderbilt DL, LaRosa A, Harstad E. Do ADHD, Externalizing, or Internalizing Symptoms Moderate Medication Response in Preschool ADHD? A DBPNet Study. Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. In Press 2023.

      • Ginsburg, D. K., Salinas, D. B., Cosanella, T. M., Wee, C. P., Saeed, M. M., Keens, T. G., & Gold, J. I. (2023). High rates of anxiety detected in mothers of children with inconclusive cystic fibrosis screening results. Journal of cystic fibrosis: official journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society, 22(3), 420–426.

      • Harlow, J., Cruz, N. C., Celada-Dalton, T., & Cederbaum, J. A. (2023). La Linterna: Clinical model for trauma-exposed, migrant children. Psychological trauma: theory, research, practice and policy, 10.1037/tra0001415. Advance online publication.

      •  Lee, J. O., Yoon, Y., Oxford, M., Duan, L., & Cederbaum, J. A. (2023). The influence of children’s and maternal childhood adversity on externalizing problems in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence.

      • Sayegh, C. S., Brammer, W. A., Wright, S. M., Wee, C. P., & Sherer, S. (2023). Pilot Study of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression Among Young People With Chronic Illness. American journal of psychotherapy, appipsychotherapy20210042. Advance online publication.

      • Williams, M. E., Rediker, A. M., & Mulrooney, K. (2023). Clinical use and implementation of the diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood. Infant mental health journal, 44(3), 362–371.

      • Coffey, D. M., Sepulveda, A. (A.), David, J. C., Lopez, H. G., Bantol, K. E. A., Castro, J., Jayme, A. J. L., & Javier, J. R. (2022). Creating a shared definition of adolescent mental health in the Filipino American community: A comparative focus group analysis. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 13(1), 112–128.

      • Deavenport-Saman A, Vanderbilt DL, Harstad E, Shults J, Barbaresi W, Bax A, Cacia J, Friedman S, LaRosa A, Loe IM, Mittal S, Blum N. (2022, in press). Association of Co-existing Conditions, ADHD Medication Choice and Likelihood of Improvement in Preschool-Age Children: A DBPNet Study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology,Aug;32(6):328-336. doi: 10.1089/cap.2022.0009

      • Javier, J.R., Deavenport-Saman, A., Ellynore Florendo, E., Bantol, K.E.A., & Palinkas, L.A. (2022) Health Equity and Enrollment in Preventive Parenting Programs: A Qualitative Study of Filipino Parents, Evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health, 7, 245-259, doi: 10.1080/23794925.2021.2013141

      • Khurana, S., Fedorova, E. V., Kaur, H., Mitchell, A., Kosdon, S., Ataiants, J., Conn, B., Wong, C. F., & Lankenau, S. E. (2022). “I Feel Validated”: Participation in a Medical Cannabis Program in the Context of Legalized Recreational Use. Journal of Drug Issues, 52(4), 601–615.

      • Kobulsky, J. M., Cederbaum, J. A., Wildfeuer, R., Grest, C. V., Clarke, L., & Kordic, T. (2022). Comparing the prevalence of sexual behaviors and victimization among adolescents based on child welfare system involvement. Child abuse & neglect, 134, 105883.

      • Harstad, E., Shults, J., Barbaresi, W., Bax, A., Cacia, J., Deavenport-Saman, A., Friedman, S., LaRosa, A., Loe, I., Mittal, S., Vanderbilt, D., & Blum, N. (2021). Preschool Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Telephone Medication Management at Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Network Sites. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 42(6), 481–484.

      • Peters, A.T., Ren, X., Bessette, K.L., George, N., Shannon, A.P., Kling, L.R., Theis, B., West, A.E., Langenecker, S.A., & Pandey, G.N. (2021). Inflammation, depressive symptoms, and emotion perception in adolescence. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295 (1), 717-723.

      • Preston, E*. & West, A.E. Straight to the Source: NSSI e-communities and the Emerging Case for Harm Reduction in the Treatment of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. (2021). Clinical Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/21677026211049367

      • West, A.E., Telles, V., Antony, V., Zeledon, I., Moerner, L. & Soto, C. (2021). A community needs assessment to inform opioid use disorder/substance use disorder (OUD/SUD) prevention and intervention for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California. Psychology of Addictive Behavior. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34166003; DOI: 10.1037/adb000066

      • West, A.E. & Weinstein, S.M. (Eds.). (2021). State of the Evidence for Psychosocial Interventions for Childhood Affective Disorders: The Role of the Family [Special Issue]. Journal of affective disorders, 273.



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