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Debrielle Jacques

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2016-2017
Faculty Mentor(s): Melissa Sturge-Apple

461B Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100
debrielle.jacques@rochester.edu


Research Overview

My broad interests reside at the intersection between parenting and family processes and developmental psychopathology. Specifically, I am interested in studying at-risk parenting, family functioning, and resilience among families experiencing adversity, explicitly focusing on how risk factors within the parenting environment influence the development of psychopathology among children and adolescents. I am especially interested in parental psychopathology, particularly parental substance use, and the pathways through which these phenomena impact the parenting and child rearing environment. One of my goals is to disseminate developmental research that could inform prevention programs for youth from high-risk families and influence the development of efficacious family-orientated rehabilitation programs for parents with histories of chronic substance use.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Jacques, D. T., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in preparation). Parenting in the context of substance abuse: A Review from a developmental perspective.
  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (in preparation). Maternal alcohol dependence, maternal insensitivity to child distress, and child emotional reactivity.
  • Sturge-Apple, M. L., Jacques, D. T., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (under review). Maternal power assertive discipline and children’s adjustment in high-risk families: A social domain theory approach.
  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (under review). Parsing alcohol-dependent mothers’ insensitivity to child distress: Longitudinal links with children’s affective and anxiety problems.
  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (2020). Maternal alcohol dependence and harsh caregiving across parenting contexts: The moderating role of child negative emotionality. Development and Psychopathology, 32, 1509-1523 . doi: 10.1017/S095457949001445 *Winner of the University of Rochester Department of Psychology’s 2019 Emory Cowen Award.

Poster Presentations

  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (May, 2020). Blunted Emotional Reactivity in Young Children of Alcohol-Dependent Mothers: The Mediating Role of Maternal Insensitivity to Children's Emotional distress. Poster to be presented at the 32nd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention. Chicago, IL. *poster received Honorable Mention for the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Researching Injustice and Social Equality (RISE) Award.
  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (April, 2019). Maternal Alcohol Dependence and Harsh Parenting: Differential Susceptibility to Child Temperament Across Childrearing Contexts. Poster presented at the 2019 biennial conference for the Society for Research in Child Development. Baltimore, MD. *poster nominated for the SRCD Student & Early Career Committee Poster Award.
  • Jacques, D. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (May, 2018). Alcohol Dependence and Parenting: Examining Associations Between Maternal Alcoholism and Harsh Parenting Across Childrearing Contexts. Poster presented at the 30th annual convention for the Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco, CA.
  • Watson, B., Jacques, D. T., & Jaffee S. R. (April, 2017). Unpacking social support: Which characteristics of children's social networks are associated with their internalizing and externalizing problems?  Poster presented at the 2017 biennial conference for the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.
  • Carvalho Pereira, J. M., Jacques, D. T., & Cutuli, J. J. (May, 2016). Youth Homelessness and Risk: A Population-Representative Study in a Large Urban Area. Poster presented at the 2016 annual conference for the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, IL.
  • Carvalho Pereira, J. M., Jacques, D. T., & Cutuli, J. J. (April, 2016). Youth Homelessness and Risk: A Population-Representative Study in a Large Urban Area. Poster presented at the 2016 annual Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activity at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Camden, NJ.
  • Jacques, D. T., & Cutuli, J. J. (March, 2016). Cumulative Risks Among Children and Adolescents Living with an Adult with a Substance-Use Disorder. Poster presented at the 2016 biennial conference for the Society for Research in Human Development. Denver, CO.

Teaching

  • Adjunct Instructor: Introduction to Human Sexuality, Summer 2020 - University of Rochester
  • Teaching Assistant: Relationship Processes and Emotion, Fall 2019 - University of Rochester
  • Teaching Assistant: Consumer Behavior, Spring/Summer 2019 - Simon School of Business, University of Rochester
  • Teaching Assistant: Psychology of Consumerism, Spring 2019 - University of Rochester
  • Teaching Assistant: Child Developmental Psychopathology, Fall 2019, Fall 2018 - University of Rochester
  • Teaching Assistant: Statistics for Social Science, Spring 2015 - Rutgers University
  • Teaching Assistant: Human Development, Fall 2014 - Rutgers University
  • Teaching Assistant: Child Psychology, Fall 2014 - Rutgers University

Honors

  • 2019: Emory Cowen Award for Best First-Authored Publication by a Graduate Student - Department of Psychology, University of Rochester
  • 2016-2018: Provost Fellowship - University of Rochester
  • 2015-2016: Dean's Achievement Scholarship - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2011-2013: Dean's List - The Pennsylvania State University

Educational Background

  • 2014-2016: Master of Arts, Psychology - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2009-2013: Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Minor in Information Systems and Statistical Analysis) - The Pennsylvania State University