Kristin Valentino

Kristin Valentino

Director, William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families & William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Rochester

  • Clinical
  • Developmental

(574) 631-1641

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, In 46556

Development & Psychopathology Laboratory

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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 maltreated children. Guiding her research is a developmental psychopathology perspective which emphasizes the interface between normal and atypical development and employs a multiple-levels-of analysis approach towards the study of child development and child psychopathology.  Currently, Dr. Valentino’s program of research addresses how maltreatment affects child development with a focus on the caregiving behaviors that may promote risk and/or resilience among maltreating families, and she evaluates how interventions may be designed to improve caregiving and, in turn, improve developmental outcomes for maltreated children.  

Current projects include evaluation of the efficacy of Reminiscing and Emotion Training, a brief relational intervention for maltreated preschool-aged children and their mothers that was examined in a randomized clinical trial, as well as an NICHD-funded longitudinal follow-up these families to determine how child- and family-level behavioral and biological mechanisms lead to mental and physical health outcomes among maltreated and nonmaltreated children living in poverty. Moreover, this research capitalizes on a unique opportunity to test experimentally the role of caregiving support in averting the long-term negative behavioral and physical health sequelae associated with early adversity.  

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Selected Publications

*Denotes graduate student; ** denotes undergraduate student; + denotes postdoctoral fellow author at time of submission

Valentino, K., Cummings, E.M., Borkowski, J., Hibel, L.C., Lefever, J., & Lawson, M.+ (in press). Efficacy of a Reminiscing and Emotion Training Intervention on Maltreating Families with Preschool Aged Children.  Developmental Psychology.

Speidel, R.*, Wang, L., Cummings, E.M., & Valentino, K. (in press). Longitudinal Pathways of Family Influence on Child Self-Regulation: The Roles of Positive Parenting, Positive Family Expressiveness, and Maternal Sensitive Guidance in the Context of Child Maltreatment.  Developmental Psychology.

Speidel, R.*, Valentino, K., McDonnell, C.G.,* Cummings, E.M., & Fondren, K.* (2019). Mother-Child Reminiscing Quality in the Context of Child Maltreatment: Implications for Child Regulatory Processes. Developmental Psychology, 55, 110-122. doi: \   10.1037/dev0000623.

Lawson, M.+, Valentino, K., Speidel, R.,* McDonnell, C.G.,* & Cummings. E.M. (2018).  Reduced autobiographical memory specificity among maltreated preschoolers: The indirect effect of neglect through maternal reminiscing. Child Development. Advance Online Publication.

Valentino, K., McDonnell, C.*, Nuttall, A.K.*, & Comas, M.* (2018). Preschoolers’ autobiographical memory specificity is related to emotional adjustment. Journal of Cognition & Development, 19, 47-64. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2017.1418745.

Valentino, K., De Alba, A., Hibel, L.C., Fondren, K*, McDonnell, C.G.* (2017). Adherence to Diurnal Cortisol Sampling among Mother-Child Dyads from Maltreating and Nonmaltreating Families. Child Maltreatment, 22, 286-294. doi: 10.1177/1077559517725208.

Valentino, K. (2017).  Relational Interventions for Maltreated Children. Child Development, 88, 359-367. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12735.

McDonnell, C.G.*, & Valentino, K. (2016).  Intergenerational effects of childhood trauma:  Evaluating Pathways among Maternal ACES, Perinatal Depressive Symptoms, and Infant Outcomes.  Child Maltreatment, 21, 317-326. doi: 10.1177/1077559516659556.

Valentino, K., Hibel, L.C., Cummings, E.M., Comas, M.*, Nuttall, A.K.*, & McDonnell, C*. (2015). Maternal elaborative reminiscing mediates the effect of child maltreatment on behavioral and physiological functioning. Development & Psychopathology, 27, 1515-1527. doi:10.1017/S0954579415000917.

Nuttall, A.K.*, Valentino, K, McNeill, A.T.**, Comas, M.*, & Stey, P.* (2014). Autobiographical memory specificity among preschool-aged children. Developmental Psychology, 50 (7), 1963-1972. doi:10.1037/a0036988.

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.

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.

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., Toth, S.L., & Cicchetti, D. (2009).  Autobiographical memory functioning among abused, neglected, and nonmaltreated children: The overgeneral memory effect.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(8), 1029-1038

Cicchetti, D., & Valentino, K. (2006). An Ecological Transactional Perspective on Child Maltreatment: Failure of the Average Expectable Environment and Its Influence Upon Child Development. In D. Cicchetti & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology (2nd ed.): Risk, Disorder, and Adaptation, Vol. 3 (pp. 129-201). New York, New York: Wiley.