William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. University of Rochester



Dr. Valentino's research focuses on the transactional nature through which children’s interactions with their family, community and culture can shape the course of development. Specifically, Dr. Valentino is interested in how the integration of biological, psychological and environmental factors can inform our understanding of the development of memory and self among maltreated children. Guiding her research is a developmental psychopathology perspective, which emphasizes the interface between normal and atypical development. Dr. Valentino utilizes a multiple-levels-of analysis approach towards the study of child development and child psychopathology.
In addition, Dr. Valentino is interested in the translation of developmental research into interventions for maltreated children and their families.

Current projects include an investigation of autobiographical memory, trauma, executive functions and psychopathology among inpatient school-aged children, and an investigation of mother-child reminiscing in relation to memory and self development among maltreated and non-maltreated pre-school aged children and their mothers.

Development and Psychopathology Lab

Selected Publications: (*Denotes Graduate Student Author, **Denotes Undergraduate Student Author)

Valentino, K., Nuttall, A.K.*, Comas, M.*, McDonnell, C.G.*, Piper, B.**, Thomas, T.**, & Fanuele, S.** (2014). Mother-child reminiscing and autobiographical memory specificity among preschool-aged children. Developmental Psychology, 50(4), 1197-1207. doi: 10.1037/a0034912.

Comas, M.*, Valentino, K, & Borkowski, J.G. (2014). Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Child Temperament: Longitudinal Associations with Executive Functioning. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, , 35, 156-167. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2014.03.005.

Comas, M.*, Valentino, K., Bridgett, D.J., & Hayden, L.C. (2013). The Direct and Interactive Effects of Physical Abuse Severity and Negative Affectivity on Length of Psychiatric Hospitalization: Evidence of Differential Reactivity to Adverse Environments in Psychiatrically High-Risk Youth. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10578-013-0394-6.

Valentino, K., Comas, M.*, Nuttall, A.K.*, Thomas, T.** (2013). Training maltreating parents in elaborative and emotion-rich reminiscing with their preschool-aged children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37, 585-595. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.02.010.

Nuttall, A.K.*, Valentino, K., & Borkowski, J.G. (2012). Maternal history of parentification, maternal warm responsiveness, and child externalizing behavior. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(5), 767-775. DOI: 10.1037/a0029470.

Valentino, K., Bridgett, D., Hayden, L.C. & Nuttall, A.K.* (2012). Child abuse, depression and executive functioning in relation to overgeneral memory among a psychiatric sample of children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(4), 491-498. doi:10.1080/15374416.2012.660689
Bridgett, D., Valentino, K., & Hayden, L.C. (2012). The contribution of child effortful control and negative emotion to acute intervention in a psychiatric hospital. Child Psychiatryand Human Development., 43(6), 821-836. DOI: 10.1007/s10578 012-0298-x
Valentino, K., Nuttall, A.K.*, Comas, M.*, Borkowski, J.G., & Akai, C. (2012). Intergenerational continuity of child abuse among adolescent mothers: Authoritarian parenting, community violence, and race. Child Maltreatment, 17, 172-181. doi: 10.1177/1077559511434945.
Valentino, K. (2011). A developmental psychopathology model of overgeneral autobiographical memory. Developmental Review, 31, 32-54. doi: 10.1016/j.dr.2011.05.001. 
Valentino, K., Cicchetti, D., Toth, S.L., & Rogosch, F.A. (2011). Mother-child play and maltreatment: A longitudinal analysis of emerging social behavior from infancy to toddlerhood. Developmental Psychology. 47(5), 1280-1294 doi: 10.1037/a0024459

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Contact Information
Address: 128 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-1641
Email: kristin.valentino@nd.edu