Kristin Valentino


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valentino Kristin Valentino
Assoc. Prof., William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Collegiate Chair
128 Haggar Hall




Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow Yale Child Study Center, Yale University

Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, University of Rochester

Master of Arts, Psychology University of Rochester

Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude in Psychology, Georgetown University, Georgetown College


2014: Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Child Maltreatment; American Psychological Association

2005:  Alfred Baldwin Award for Excellence in Research; University of Rochester

2002:  Phi Beta Kappa; Georgetown University, Georgetown College

2002:  Sebastian Brennikmeijer Medal; Georgetown University, Georgetown College; Awarded for excellence in psychology

1999:  Military Order of World Wars, Award of Merit; Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, Georgetown University; Awarded for excellence in leadership


Select publications

Valentino, K., Hibel, L.C., Cummings, E.M., Comas, M., Nuttall, A.K., & McDonnell, C. (in press). Maternal elaborative reminiscing mediates the effect of child maltreatment on behavioral and physiological functioning. Development & Psychopathology.

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.

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.

Valentino, K. (2011). A developmental psychopathology model of overgeneral autobiographical memory. Developmental Review, 31, 32-54.

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



Kristin Valentino is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame. Her research interests are in developmental psychopathology to study the interface between normal and atypical development.

Specifically, she focuses on how the integration of biological, psychological and environmental factors can inform our understanding of the development of the self and of memory. As such, her research focuses on at-risk populations, including children from low-income families and children from maltreating families; integrates interdisciplinary methods; and utilizes a multiple-levels-of analysis approach toward the study of child development and child psychopathology. Additionally, Valentino is evaluating the effectiveness of a translational research intervention to improve the developmental trajectories of preschool-aged maltreated children and their families.

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