Melissa Sturge-Apple

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology - University of Rochester
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002
Curriculum Vitae

My research concentrates on examining perturbations in family functioning and child development, with an emphasis on parenting and parent-child relationships and families at risk.  My work is guided by conceptualizations derived from family risk frameworks, parenting process models, self-regulation frameworks, and emerging evolutionary accounts of development.  Consistent with a developmental psychopathology emphasis on the importance of a multiple levels of analysis approach to this area of research, I have focused on delineating these processes across psychological (e.g., emotional, behavioral), neurobiological (e.g., physiological systems, cognitive processes), and ecological (e.g., socioeconomic stress) levels. I am also very interested in developing novel methodologies for understanding children and family functioning including new assessment techniques as well as the applications of advanced statistical models for capturing complex family dynamics. My hope is that these new methods will further inform our base of knowledge on families and children and provide new insights for translational models of clinical intervention.

My work has resulted in over 60 co-authored publications with my collaborators, students, and research assistants.  My paper on spillover processes was the recipient of the Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award from the National Council on Family Relations. My research is currently funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Nursing Research. I also serve as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Family Psychology and Development and Psychopathology as well as grant review groups at the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about my research, please visit my University Faculty Page.