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Hannah Swerbenski

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2019-2020
Faculty Mentor(s): Melissa Sturge-Apple

457 Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100
hswerben@ur.rochester.edu


Research Overview

My research interests are related to the intergenerational transmission of trauma and adversity. In particular, I am interested in identifying protective factors that may buffer against the negative impacts of trauma in the early childhood period, including sensitive and insightful parenting, behavioral and physiological parent-child synchrony, and child self-regulatory capacities.

Selected Publications

Publications/Manuscripts

  • Hatch, V., Swerbenski, H., & Gray, S. (under review). Family social support buffers the intergenerational association of maternal adverse childhood experiences and preschoolers' externalizing behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Posters and Presentations

  • Du, Y., Swerbenski, H., & Gray, S. (under review).  How neighborhood violence influences maternal depression and child negative affect. Poster submitted to the Society for Personality and Psychology Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cristian, C., Obus, E., Swerbenski, H., & Gray, S. (2019). Maternal arrest: Implications for maternal PTSD and child behavior problems. Poster to be presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Swerbenski, H., Park, J., Glackin, E., & Gray, S. (2019). Discrepant reporting of trauma exposure in mothers and their preschool children: Interview and checklist methods. Poster to be presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Bryant, J., Swerbenski, H., Pickett, C., & Gray, S. (2019). Harsh parenting among African-American families: The carrier of family and community trauma. Poster presented at the conference of the Louisiana Psychology Association Convention, Metairie, LA.
  • Lipschutz, R., Glackin, E., Swerbenski, H., Hatch, V., & Gray, S. (2019). Parasympathetic reactivity and mother-child behavioral synchrony predict internalizing problems in high-risk young children. Poster presented a the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) Future Directions Forum, Washington, DC.
  • Pickett, C., Swerbenski, H., & Gray, S. (2019). Maternal childhood sexual abuse and parenting outcomes during the ealy years: Where are the voices of black mothers? Poster presented at the Association of Black Psychologists Convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Swerbenski, H., Glackin, E., Carreras, J., Obus, E., & Gray, S. (2019). Emerging verbal ability in a low-income sample: Examining maternal cognitive stimulation and cool self-regulation. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Pickett, C., Cristian, C., Swerbenski, H., Carreras, J., & Gray, S. (2018). Maternal attitudes towards aggression moderate associations etween maternal violence exposure and behavior probems in preschoolers. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Carreras, C., Hatch, V., Swerbenski, H., & Gray, S. (2018). Early Childhood Trauma II [Professional Development Session]. Kingsley House, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hatch, V., Swerbenski, H., Parker, V., Carreras, J., & Gray, S. (2018). Social support buffers the impact of maternal violence exposure on children's externalizing behavior. Poster presented at the conference of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO. **Selected as outstanding poster by Division 56.**
  • Glackin, E., Raymond, N., Swerbenski, H., Forbes, D., Carter, A., & Gray, S. (2017). The effect of caregiver exposure to sexual violence on insightful parenting of preschoolers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Honors

  • 2019-2021: Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fellowship
  • 2017: Faculty Memorial Award in Psychology
  • 2017: Oak Wreath Senior Award for women
  • 2017: Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • 2013-2017: Dean's List

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