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Graduate Students

Michelle Alto

Michelle Alto

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2014-2015
Faculty Mentor(s): Sheree Toth

Fax: (585) 273-1100

Research Overview

My research interests broadly pertain to understanding the mediating and moderating factors that influence intervention efficacy with maltreated children. I am currently involved in a clinical trial investigating the efficacy of an interpersonal intervention in decreasing depressive symptoms in disadvantaged adolescent girls with and without histories of maltreatment.

Selected Publications

Professional Presentations

  • Alto, M., Berger, E., Harvey, M., Mauriello, J., Kalter, M., & Gurland, S. (2012). How full is your bucket? Testing a socio-emotional learning program. National APA Convention, Orlando, FL, August.
  • Gurland, S. T., Bannerman, A., Alto M., & Dahlberg, E. (2011). Autonomy support and perspective-taking. Second World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, PA, July.
  • Handley, L., Rogosch, F., Toth, S. French, A., Alto, M. & Cicchetti, D. (2014). Exploring the unique effects of maltreatment and maternal substance use disorder on the development of adolescent marijuana dependence. Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX, March.
  • Oshri, A., Cicchetti, D., Hunt, E., Alto, M., & Rogosch, F. (2014). Adolescent-Parent self-esteem and relationship quality: Longitudinal paths from child maltreatment and child personality. Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX, March.


  • 2012: Rosalin Liebermin-Reiss Award, Middlebury College
  • 2011: Undergraduate Research Grant Awardee, Middlebury College
  • 2010-2012: Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
  • 2008-2012: College Scholar and Dean's List, Middlebury College

Additional Information

  • 2012-2014: Research Assistant at University of Rochester, Mt. Hope Family Center, Study of Late Adolescent Resilience (Project SOLAR)
  • 2008-2012: Middlebury College, Magna cum Laude, High Honors in Psychology