• Dr. Stoppelbein is a clinical child psychologist with a primary interest in stress and coping among children, adolescents and families. Her approach to research is from a developmental psychopathology perspective. To this end her research includes investigations in topics such as predicting post-traumatic stress symptoms in pediatric populations, examining the moderating effects of psychosocial factors in childhood externalizing and internalizing disorders, and understanding the role of stress and anxiety among children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders and their families. A central theme in her research is the role of stress, cognitive appraisals, and coping strategies in the manifestation of internalizing and externalizing symptoms.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2018 Predicting Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Children with ASD: Evaluation of a Contextual Model of Parental Factors.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  48:1261-1271. 2018
    2017 A Longitudinal Study of Hardiness as a Buffer for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Mothers of Children with Cancer.Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.  5:149-160. 2017
    2016 Racial/ethnic disparities in the risk of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among mothers of children diagnosed with cancer and Type-1 diabetes mellitus.Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.  9:325-333. 2016
    2016 Sluggish cognitive tempo is associated with suicide risk in psychiatrically hospitalized children.Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  57:1390-1399. 2016
    2016 The Role of Parenting Styles in the Relation Between Functions of Aggression and Internalizing Symptoms in a Child Psychiatric Inpatient Population.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  47:819-829. 2016
    2016 Predicting Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms Among Children Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of RoutinesJournal of Child and Family Studies.  25:251-261. 2016
    2016 Risk factors associated with proactive and reactive aggression in a child psychiatric inpatient sampleJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.  38:56-65. 2016
    2015 Associations Between Proactive and Reactive Aggression, Parenting Styles, and Externalizing Symptomatology in Children Admitted to a Psychiatric Inpatient UnitJournal of Child and Family Studies.  24:3402-3412. 2015
    2015 Mediating Effect of Psychopathy on the Risk of Social Problems Among Children with ADHD Versus Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Symptoms.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  46:523-532. 2015
    2015 A longitudinal study of the role of cortisol in posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters.Anxiety, Stress and Coping.  28:17-30. 2015
    2014 The role of cortisol and psychopathic traits in aggression among at-risk girls: tests of mediating hypotheses.Aggressive Behavior.  40:263-272. 2014
    2014 Child routines and parental adjustment as correlates of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children diagnosed with ADHD.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  45:243-253. 2014
    2014 Sluggish cognitive tempo in psychiatrically hospitalized children: factor structure and relations to internalizing symptoms, social problems, and observed behavioral dysregulation.Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  42:49-62. 2014
    2013 Parental coping and posttraumatic stress symptoms among pediatric cancer populations: tests of competing models.PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY.  22:2815-2822. 2013
    2013 Reward and punishment sensitivity are differentially associated with ADHD and sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms in childrenJournal of Research in Personality.  47:719-727. 2013
    2013 Friendship intimacy exchange buffers the relation between adhd symptoms and later social problems among children attending an after-school care programJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.  35:142-152. 2013
    2013 Oppositional defiant disorder symptoms in relation to psychopathic traits and aggression among psychiatrically hospitalized children: ADHD symptoms as a potential moderator.Aggressive Behavior.  39:201-211. 2013
    2012 A Preliminary Investigation of the Relation Between Thyroid Functioning and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Children.Journal of Attention Disorders.  21:240-246. 2012
    2012 Aggression among children with ADHD, anxiety, or co-occurring symptoms: competing exacerbation and attenuation hypotheses.Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  40:527-542. 2012
    2012 Factor analyses of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17 with African-American and Caucasian pediatric populations.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  37:348-357. 2012
    2012 Social Problems as a Mediator of the Link Between Reactive Aggression and Withdrawn/Depressed SymptomsJournal of Child and Family Studies.  21:184-189. 2012
    2012 The role of cortisol in PTSD among women exposed to a trauma-related stressor.Journal of Anxiety Disorders.  26:352-358. 2012
    2012 Cortisol predicts behavioral dysregulation and length of stay among children admitted for psychiatric inpatient treatment.Journal of Clinical Child Psychology.  41:227-238. 2012
    2012 The role of deprivation, abuse, and trauma in pediatric catatonia without a clear medical cause.Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  125:25-32. 2012
    2011 Associations between relational aggression, depression, and suicidal ideation in a child psychiatric inpatient sample.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  42:666-678. 2011
    2011 Further evaluation of the forms and functions of aggression measure within a child inpatient populationResidential Treatment for Children and Youth.  28:1-16. 2011
    2010 Etiopathogenesis of catatonia: generalizations and working hypotheses.Journal of ECT.  26:253-258. 2010
    2010 Brief report: Role of cortisol in posttraumatic stress symptoms among mothers of children diagnosed with cancer.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  35:960-965. 2010
    2010 Aggression and the risk for suicidal behaviors among children.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  40:337-345. 2010
    2010 The moderating effects of parenting styles on African-American and Caucasian children's suicidal behaviors.Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  39:357-369. 2010
    2009 Further validation of a measure of proactive and reactive aggression within a clinical child population.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  40:367-382. 2009
    2009 Predicting readmission to a child psychiatric inpatient unit: The impact of parenting stylesJournal of Child and Family Studies.  18:621-629. 2009
    2009 Proactive and reactive aggression in a child psychiatric inpatient population: Relations to psychopathic characteristicsCriminal Justice and Behavior.  36:481-493. 2009
    2009 Confirmatory factor analysis of the antisocial process screening device with a clinical inpatient population.Assessment.  16:103-114. 2009
    2009 Proactive and reactive aggression in a child psychiatric inpatient population.Journal of Clinical Child Psychology.  38:199-205. 2009
    2008 Parenting stress as a predictor of age upon admission to a child psychiatric inpatient facility.Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  39:171-183. 2008
    2008 Pathways to suicidal behaviors in childhood.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  38:35-45. 2008
    2008 Child internalizing and externalizing behavior as predictors of age at first admission and risk for repeat admission to a child inpatient facility.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  78:63-69. 2008
    2008 Relation between parenting stress and psychopathic traits among children.Behavioral Sciences and the Law.  26:239-248. 2008
    2007 Brief report: pediatric cancer, parental coping style, and risk for depressive, posttraumatic stress, and anxiety symptoms.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  32:1272-1277. 2007
    2007 The moderating effect of avoidant coping on restrained eaters' risk for disinhibited eating: implications for dietary relapse prevention.Behaviour Research and Therapy.  45:2334-2348. 2007
    2007 Child routines and youths' adherence to treatment for type 1 diabetes.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  32:437-447. 2007
    2007 Brief report: the risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in mothers of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer and type I diabetes.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  32:223-229. 2007
    2007 Familial association of anxiety sensitivity and psychopathology.Depression and Anxiety.  24:264-267. 2007
    2006 A model for promoting adolescents' adherence to treatment for type 1 diabetes mellitusJournal of the Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals.  35:247-267. 2006
    2006 Risk of posttraumatic stress symptoms: a comparison of child survivors of pediatric cancer and parental bereavement.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  31:367-376. 2006
    2006 The importance of catatonia and stereotypies in autistic spectrum disorders.International Review of Neurobiology.  72:103-118. 2006
    2005 Nocturnal enuresis and psychosocial problems in pediatric sickle cell disease and sibling controls.Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  26:404-411. 2005
    2005 Factor analysis of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist with a chronically ill pediatric population.Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  26:349-355. 2005
    2005 Risk perception: Using conditional versus general base rates for risk communicationJournal of Applied Social Psychology.  35:2094-2122. 2005
    2005 Predictors of children's and adolescents' risk perception.Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  30:425-435. 2005
    2005 Correlates of psychomotor symptoms in autism.International Review of Neurobiology.  71:343-357. 2005
    2005 Predictors of children's and adolescents' risk perceptionJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  30:425-435. 2005
    2005 Psychometric evaluation of a measure of Beck's negative cognitive triad for youth: applications for African-American and Caucasian adolescents.Depression and Anxiety.  21:161-169. 2005
    2004 Intrinsic motivation and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.Diabetes Care.  27:1517. 2004
    2002 The mediating effects of attributional style and event-specific attributions on postdisaster adjustmentCognitive Therapy and Research.  26:261-274. 2002
    2002 Religiosity, attributional style, and social support as psychosocial buffers for African American and white adolescents' perceived risk for suicide.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  32:404-417. 2002
    2001 Health education programs to prevent teen pregnancy.Journal of Adolescent Health.  28:257-258. 2001
    2000 Posttraumatic stress symptoms in parentally bereaved children and adolescents.Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  39:1112-1119. 2000
    2000 Young drivers' health attitudes and intentions to drink and drive.Journal of Adolescent Health.  27:94-101. 2000
    1999 It can't happen to me ... or can it? Conditional base rates affect subjective probability judgmentsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  5:361-376. 1999
    1997 Behavioral Self-Blame and Post-Traumatic Stress in Parentally Bereaved ChildrenJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  18:368-368. 1997


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    2007 Psychosis in autism.  233-246. 2007

    Research Overview

  • Stress and coping among children, adolescents and families
  • Education And Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Alabama
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Alabama
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Alabama
  • Full Name

  • Laura Stoppelbein
  • Blazerid

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