Selective Examples of Recent Publications

*Denotes students who are/were currently in the lab when published
Members or alumni of the lab are bold in the publication citation


*Cao, V. T., Davies, P. T., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in press). Disentangling the Relationship Between Callous-Unemotional Traits and Unsupportive Parenting Through a Developmental Lens. Development and Psychopathology.

*Swerbenski, H., Sturge-Apple, M., Koven, M., & Davies, P. (in press). Strengths-based spillover models: Constructive interparental conflict, parental supportive problem-solving, and development of child executive functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, Advance Online Publication.

Davies, P.T., *Pearson, J.K., *Cao, V.T., & Sturge-Apple, M.L. (2023). Family-Level Antecedents of Children’s Patterns of Reactivity to Interparental Conflict: Testing the Reformulation of Emotional Security Theory. Developmental Psychology.

Davies, P.T., *Cao, V.T., Patel, M.D., & Sturge-Apple, M.L. (in press). Why Does Children’s Temperamental Exuberance Increase their Vulnerability to Externalizing Symptoms: A Process-Oriented Approach. Development and Psychopathology.


Russotti, J., *Swerbenski, H., Handley, E. D., Michl-Petzing, L. C., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2022). Intergenerational effects of maternal depression and co-occurring antisocial behaviors: The mediating role of parenting-related processes. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.


Thompson, M. J.*, Davies P. T., Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in press). Delineating the developmental sequelae of children’s risky involvement in interparental conflict. Development and Psychopathology.

Li, Z., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Russell, J. D., Martin, M. J., & Davies, P. T. (2020). The Role of Emotion Processing in the Association between Parental Discipline and Adolescent Socio0Emotional Development. Research on Adolescence.

Nuttall, A. K., Valentino, K., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (in press). Contextualizing children’s caregiving responses to interparental conflict: Advancing assessment of parentification. Journal of Family Psychology. [Special Issue: “New Conceptualizations in the Study of Family Context”]

Davies, P. T., *Parry, L. Q., Bascoe, S. M., Cicchetti, D. & Cummings, E. M. (in press). Interparental conflict as a curvilinear risk factor in pathogenic cascades of emotional and adrenocortical reactivity. Developmental Psychology.

Davies, P. T., *Thompson, M. J., Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). The vestiges of childhood interparental conflict: Adolescent sensitization to recent interparental conflict. Child Development.

Davies, P. T., *Thompson, M. J., Hentges, R. F., Coe, J. L., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in press). Children’s attentional biases to emotions as sources of variability in their vulnerability to interparental conflict. Developmental Psychology. (Publicly available June 01, 2021)

*Thompson, M. J., Davies, P. T., Hentges, R. F., Sturge-Apple, M., & *Parry, L. Q. (in press). Understanding how and why effortful control moderates children’s vulnerability to interparental conflict. Developmental Psychology. (Publicly available March 21, 2021)

Koçak, A., Mouratidis, A., Uçanok, Z., Selçuk, E., & Davies, P.T. (in press). Need satisfaction as a mediator of associations between interparental relationship dimensions and autonomy-supportive parenting: A diary study. Family Process.

van Eldik, W., M., de Haan, A., *Parry, L. Q., Davies, P. T., Lujik, M., Arends, L. R., & Prinzie, P. (in press). The interparental relationship: Meta-analytic associations with children’s maladjustment and responses to conflict. Psychological Bulletin. doi: 10.1037/bul0000233

*Coe, J. L., Davies, P. T., *Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in press). Detouring in the family system as an antecedent of children’s adjustment problems. Journal of Family Psychology.

Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., *Thompson, M. J., Bascoe, S. M., & Cummings, E. M. (2020). The interplay of polygenic plasticity and adrenocortical activity as sources of variability in pathways among family adversity, youth emotional reactivity, and psychological problems. Development and Psychopathology, 32, 587-603.  doi: 10.1017/S0954579419000439

Li, Z., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Liu, S., & Davies, P.T. (In press). Integrating a multilevel approach to examine family conflicts and parent-adolescent physiological synchrony. Journal of Family Psychology.  doi: 10.1037/fam0000671

Li, Z., Sturge‐Apple, M. L., Liu, S., & Davies, P. T. (2020). Parent‐adolescent physiological synchrony: Moderating effects of adolescent emotional insecurity. Psychophysiology, e13596.  doi: 10.1111/psyp.13596

Warmuth, K. A., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (in press). Constructive and destructive conflict, poor parenting, and children’s symptoms of psychopathology. Journal of Family Psychology. doi: 10.1037/fam0000599

Davies, P. T., *Coe, J. L., Hentges, R. F., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & Ripple, M. T. (2020). Temperamental emotionality attributes as antecedents of children’s social information processing. Child Development, 91, 508-526.

*Coe, J. L., Davies, P. T., Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2020). Understanding the nature of associations between family instability, parenting difficulties, and children’s externalizing symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 32, 257-269. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13191

*Parry, L. Q., Davies, P. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & Coe, J. L. (2020). Coparental discord and children’s behavior problems: Children’s negative family representations as an explanatory mechanism. Journal of Family Psychology, 34(5), 523–533. doi: 10.1037/fam0000638

Sturge-Apple, M.L., Li, Z., *Jones-Gordils, H., Martin, M.J., & Davies, P.T. (2020). Mothers’ and Fathers’ Self-regulation capacity, dysfunctional attributions and hostile parenting during early adolescence: A process-oriented approach. Development and Psychopathology.  doi: 10.1017/S0954579418001694

*Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Maternal alcohol dependence and harsh caregiving across parenting contexts: The moderating role of child negative emotionality. Development and Psychopathology. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419001445

Book Chapters
Davies, P. T., & *Thompson, M. J.
(2020). Towards a family process perspective on typical and maladaptive personality characteristics: Commentary on environmental and sociocultural influences on personality disorders. In C. W. Lejuez & K. L. Gratz (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Disorders (pp. 68-71). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Davies, P. T., *Parry, L. Q., Bascoe, S. M., Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (2019). Children’s vulnerability to interparental conflict: The protective role of sibling relationship quality. Child Development, 90, 2118-2134. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13078

Li, Z., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Martin, M.J., & Davies, P.T. (2019). Interactive effects of family instability and adolescent stress reactivity on socioemotional functioning. Developmental Psychology.  doi: 10.1037/dev0000784

Davies, P. T., *Pearson, J. K., Cicchetti, D., Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (2019). Emotional insecurity as a mediator of the moderating role of dopamine genes in the association between interparental conflict and youth externalizing problems. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1111-1126. [Special Issue: “Emotion Dysregulation and Emerging Psychopathology”]

Martin, M. J., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & *Gutierrez, G. (2019). Attachment behavior and hostility as explanatory factors linking parent-adolescent conflict and adolescent adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 586-596. doi: 10.1037/fam0000529

*Suor, J. H., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & *Jones-Gordils, H. R. (2019). The interplay between parenting and temperament in associations with children’s executive function. Journal of Family Psychology. 33, 841-850. doi: 10.1037/fam0000558

Davies, P. T., *Thompson, M. J., *Coe, J. L., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & Martin, M. J. (2019). Child response processes as mediators of the association between caregiver intimate relationship instability and children’s externalizing symptoms. Developmental Psychology, 55, 1244-1258. doi:10.1037/dev0000717

Jaffee, S., Cline, J., Li, Z., Belsky, J., Melhuish, E., Stevens, S., & Watson, B. (2019). Take Your Mind Off IT: Coping Style, 5HTTLPR, and Children’s Problem Behaviors. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 29, S748-S749. doi: 1016/j.euroneuro.2017.06.089

Gao, M. M., deSilva, DD, Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (2019). Interrelatedness  of children’s physiological and psychological responses to interparental conflict: A moderating role of parenting. Social Development, 28, 1016-1036. doi: 10.1111/sode.12376

Gao, M. M., Du, H., Davies, P. T., & Cummings, E. M. (2019). Marital conflict behaviors and parenting: Dyadic links over time. Family Relations, 68, 135-149. doi: 10.1111/fare.12322

Book Chapters
Davies, P. T., & *Coe, J. L. (2019). Family relationship dynamics: A developmental perspective. In B. Fiese (Eds.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology (Vol. 1: Foundations, Methods, and Contemporary Issues Across the Lifespan; pp. 163-185). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sturge-Apple, M.L., Toth, S.L.., *Suor, J.H., & Adams, T.R. (2019). Parental maltreatment. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting Volume 5 Social Conditions and Applied Parenting.


Cheung, R. Y. M., Boise, C., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (2018). Mothers’ and  fathers’ roles in child adjustment: Parenting behaviors and mothers’ emotion socialization as predictors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 4033-4043. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1214-1

*Li, Z., Liu, S., Hartman, S., & Belsky, J. (2018). Interactive effects of early-life income harshness and unpredictability on children’s socioemotional and academic functioning in kindergarten and adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 54(11), 2101-2112.  doi: 10.1037/dev0000601

Davies, P. T., *Coe, J. L., *Hentges, R. F., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & Ripple, M. T. (2018). Interparental hostility and children’s externalizing symptoms: Attention to anger as a mediator. Developmental Psychology, 54, 1290-1303. doi: 10.1037/dev0000520

*Coe, J. L., Davies, P. T., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2018). Family instability and young children’s school adjustment: Callousness and negative internal representations as mediators. Child Development, 89, 1193-1208.  doi: 10.1111/cdev.12793

Bergman, K. N., Choe, G. E., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (2018). The ubiquitous family environment: Examining emotional insecurity in the family and adjustment in school. Family Court Review, 56, 234-247. doi: 10.1111/fcre.12337

*Coe, J. L., Davies, P. T., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2018). Family cohesion and enmeshment moderate associations between maternal relationship instability and children’s externalizing problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(3), 289–298.  doi: 10.1037/fam0000346

Ha, A. P., Bergman, K. N., Davies, P. T., & Cummings, E. M. (2018). Parental post conflict communications: Implications for children’s adjustment outcomes. Family Court Review, 56, 219-233. doi: 10.1111/fcre.12336

Koss, K. J., Cummings, E, M., Davies, P. T., Hetzel, S, & Cicchetti, D. (2018). Harsh parenting and serotonin transporter and BDNF Val 66 Met polymorphisms as predictors of adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 27, 229-245. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1220311

Davies, P. T., *Coe, J. L., *Hentges, R. F., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & van der Kloet, E. (2018). The interplay among children’s negative family representations, visual processing of negative emotions, and externalizing symptoms. Child Development, 89, 663-680.  doi: 10.1111/cdev.12767

Stenseng, F., Li, Z., Belsky, J., Hygen, B.W., Skalicka, V., Guzey, IC., & Wichstrøm, L. (2018). Peer problems and hyperactivity-impulsivity among Norwegian and American children- The role of 5-HTTLPR. Child Development, 89(2), 509-524.  doi: 10.1111/cdev.12766

Warmuth, K.A., Cummings, E.M., & Davies, P.T. (2018). Child behavioral dysregulation as a mediator between destructive marital conflict and children’s symptoms of psychopathology. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 2004-2013. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1038-z

Davies, P. T., *Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (2018). Interparental conflict and children’s social problems: Insecurity and friendship affiliation as cascading mediators. Developmental Psychology, 54, 83-97.  doi: 10.1037/dev0000410


Hartman, S., Li, Z. (Co-first author), Nettle, D., & Belsky, J. (2017). External-environmental and internal-health early life predictors of adolescent development. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), 1839-1849. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417001432

Hygen, B. W., Belsky, J., Li, Z., Stenseng, F., Güzey, I. C., & Wichstrøm, L. (2017). Change in parenting, change in student–teacher relationships, and oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR): Testing a gene-×-environment (G× E) hypothesis in two samples. Developmental Psychology, 53(7), 1300-1315.  doi: 10.1037/dev0000333

Sturge-Apple, M., Davies, P.T., Cicchetti, D., *Hentges, R., F., & *Coe, J. L. (2017). Poverty and children’s delay of gratification: When a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 685-696. doi: 10.1017/S0954579416000407

*Martin, M. J., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., *Romero, C. V., & *Buckholz, A.(2017). A process model of the implications of spillover from coparenting conflicts into the parent-child attachment relationship in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 417-431. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000086 [Special Issue: “Attachment in the Context of Atypical Caregiving”]

*Martin, M. J., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Romero, C. V. (2017). Mothers’ implicit representations of their adolescent as unlovable: Explanatory factor linking family conflict and harsh parenting. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1344-1355. doi: 10.1037/dev0000334

*Martin, M. J., Davies, P. T, Cummings, E. M., & Cicchetti, D.  (2017). The mediating roles of cortisol reactivity and executive functioning difficulties in the pathways between childhood histories of emotional insecurity and adolescent school problems. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1483-1498. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000402

Koss, K. J., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (2017). Patterns of adolescent regulatory responses during family conflict and mental health trajectories. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 229-245. doi: 10.111/Jora.122669

*Suor, J. H., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (2017). A life history approach to delineating how harsh environments and Hawk temperament shape children’s cognitive problem-solving skills. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 902-909. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12718

*Coe, J. L., Davies, P. T., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2017). The multivariate roles of family instability and interparental conflict in predicting children’s representations in the family system and early school adjustment problems. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 211-224.  doi: 10.1007/s10802-016-0164-6

*Martin, M. J., Davies, P. T., & Cummings, E. M. (2017). Distinguishing attachment and affiliation in early adolescents’ narrative descriptions of their best friendship. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 644-660. doi: 10.1111/jora.12305