Kristin Valentino

Director, Shaw Center for Children and Families

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Collegiate Chair, Faculty Fellow, Eck Institute for Global Health; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives

E560 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Development & Psychopathology Laboratory

Primary Area: Clinical

Additional Areas: Developmental

Research and teaching interests

Research interests: child maltreatment, developmental psychopathology, early adversity, parent-child interactions, memory, interventions, racial discrimination Teaching interests: community-based learning, practica, service-learning


Dr. Kristin Valentino is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Valentino is also a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Valentino’s program of research addresses how adversity affects child development with a focus on the caregiving behaviors that may promote risk and/or resilience among maltreating families. She evaluates how interventions may be designed to improve caregiving and, in turn, to improve developmental outcomes for 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. Dr. Valentino is the President-Elect for the American Psychological Association Division 37 Section on Child Maltreatment. She serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Child Maltreatment and as a member of the National Institute of Health’s Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section.


Ph.D., University of Rochester

A.B., Georgetown University

Representative Publications

Valentino, K., Speidel, R.*, Fondren, K.,* Behrens, B.,* Edler, K.,* Cote, K.,* & Cummings, E.M. (2022). "Longitudinal effect of Reminiscing and Emotion Training on child maladjustment in the context of maltreatment and maternal depressive symptoms." Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 50, 13-25.

Valentino, K., Speidel, R.*, & Lawson, M+. (2021). "Developmental and intervention- related change in autobiographical memory specificity in maltreated children: Indirect effects of maternal reminiscing." Child Development, 92: e977-e996.

Valentino, K., Hibel, L.C., Speidel, R.*, Fondren, K.*, & Ugarte, E. (2021). "The effects of maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and Reminiscing and Emotion Training on children’s diurnal cortisol over time." Development & Psychopathology, 33(3), 868- 884.

Valentino, K., Cummings, E.M., Borkowski, J., Hibel, L.C., Lefever, J., & Lawson, M.+ (2019). "Efficacy of a Reminiscing and Emotion Training Intervention on Maltreating Families with Preschool Aged Children." Developmental Psychology, 55(11), 2365-2378. doi: 10.1037/dev0000792

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

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