Sheree L. Toth

Professor of Psychology
Director of Mt. Hope Family Center
Director of Clinical Training

PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1984

Mt. Hope Family Center
(585) 275-2991

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Overview

Dr. Toth's research interests are broadly focused in the field of developmental psychopathology. She is especially interested in examining the effects of maltreatment and parental depression on child development, particularly in the domains of self development and representational capacities. Dr. Toth is also committed to the evaluation of preventive interventions for high risk populations.

Dr. Toth's research interests are guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective that emphasizes the interplay between normal and atypical development and addresses the transactions between ecological contexts and development. As such, she is invested in elucidating processes and mechanisms that contribute to the adaptation of children who are confronted by significant psychosocial adversity. In particular, Dr. Toth's work addresses the development of children who have experienced maltreatment or who have been reared by a depressed caregiver. Her research has examined representational development in these youngsters, specifically with regard to self-system processes and the emergence of depression.

Much of Dr. Toth's empirical work has examined factors contributing to maladjustment in children who have been physically abused, sexually abused, or neglected. She is particularly interested in examining the relation between representational development of self and caregiver and the emergence of internalizing disorders.

In addition to basic research, Dr. Toth is committed to bridging research and clinical practice.  Building upon a developmental psychopathology framework, she has received NIMH-funding to initiate and evaluate a number of randomized clinical trials of preventive interventions.  Dr. Toth has also received funding from NIMH since 1991 to conduct investigations with maltreated children and offspring of mothers with Major Depressive Disorders.  This body of work has significantly advanced the field’s understanding of the adverse consequences of negative caregiving on child development.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CSP 582  Practicum in Developmental Psychopathology
  • CSP 586  Evidence Based Child Psychotherapy
  • CSP 575  Developmental Psychopathology

Selected Publications

  • Cicchetti, D. & Toth, S.L. (in press). A multilevel perspective on child maltreatment. In M. Lamb & C. Garcia Coll (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, 7, (3). Socioemotional process. New York, Wiley.
  • Cicchetti, D., Toth, S.L., & Handley, E.D. (in press). Genetic moderation of interpersonal psychotherapy efficacy for low-income mothers with major depressive disorder: Evidence for vantage sensitivity. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Cicchetti, D., Toth, S.L., Nilsen, W.J., & Manly, J.T. (in press). What do we know and why does it matter? The dissemination of evidence-based interventions for child maltreatment. In H.R. Schaffer & K. Durkin (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Developmental Psychology in Action. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Conn, A., Toth, S.L. (in press). Mental Health Treatment Experiences and Expectations in Foster Care: A Qualitative Investigation. Journal of Public Child Welfare.
  • Cowell, R.A., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F.A., & Toth, S.L. (in press). Childhood maltreatment and its effect on neurocognitive functioning: Chronicity and timing matter. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Narayan, A., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F., & Toth, S.L. (in press). Parental expressed emotion, maltreatment, and separation/divorce as predictors of family conflict and children's externalizing behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Toth, S.L., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.), (2013). A developmental psychopathology perspective on child maltreatment (Special Issue). Child Maltreatment, 18, 135-204.
  • Toth, S.L., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). A developmental psychopathology perspective on child maltreatment (Special Issue). Child Maltreatment, 18, 135-139.
  • Toth, S.L., Gravener-Davis, J.A., Guild, D.J., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Relational interventions for child maltreatment: Past, present and future perspectives. Development and Psychopathology, 25th Anniversary Edition, 25: 4(2), 1601-1617. PMCID: PMC4063316
  • *Pickreign Stronach, E.S., Toth, S.L., Rogosch, F.A., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Preventive interventions and sustained attachment security in maltreated children: A 12-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Development and Psychopathology, 25:4(1), 919-930. PMCID: PMC3857699.
  • Toth, S.L., Rogosch, F.A., Oshri, A., Gravener, J., Sturm, R., & Morgan-Lopez, A. (2013). The efficacy of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for economically disadvanged mothers. Development and Psychopathology, 25:4(1), 1065-1078. PMCID: PMC3826873