Kristin Valentino


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.

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Corbett Family Hall
IEI Fellows
ND PIER Affiliate

Ph.D., University of Rochester


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Valentino, K. (2017). Relational Interventions for Maltreated Children. Child Development. 88, 359-367.

McDonnell, C.*, Valentino, K., Nuttall, A.K.*, & Comas, M.* (2016). Mother-Child Reminiscing At-Risk: Maternal Attachment, Elaboration, and Child Autobiographical Memory Specificity. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 143, 65-84.

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.

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.

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

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., 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

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., 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

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