• My research examines the interplay of risk and protective factors in the development of behavioral and emotional problems in adolescence, including antisocial behavior, substance use, depression and anxiety.

    Most of my work has focused on the effects of violence exposure and peer influences in conjunction with other individual and contextual risk factors, such as pubertal timing, temperament, stress reactivity, parental practices, and broader influences of schools and neighborhoods.

    I am currently directing three longitudinal studies that follow community samples of youth through adolescence and into young adulthood: Birmingham Youth Violence Study, Coping with Violence, and Healthy Passages. In collaboration with my students, we are also studying adolescents’ adjustment to chronic illness and developing a spiritual coping intervention for youth with cystic fibrosis.

    My research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. I serve as an associate editor for the Journal of Early Adolescence and on editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Adiktologie.

    I am available to work with graduate students in our medical psychology and lifespan developmental psychology programs, as well as undergraduate students with shared research interests.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Stress-Induced Changes in Effective Connectivity During Regulation of the Emotional Response to ThreatBrain Connectivity.  12:629-638. 2022
    2022 Childhood Neighborhood Disadvantage, Parenting, and Adult HealthAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  63:S28-S36. 2022
    2021 Stress-elicited neural activity in young adults varies with childhood sexual abuseCortex.  137:108-123. 2021
    2021 Soft Drink Consumption and Mental Health in Adolescents: A Longitudinal ExaminationJournal of Adolescent Health.  68:155-160. 2021
    2020 Adolescent driving behavior before and during restrictions related to COVID-19Accident Analysis and Prevention.  144. 2020
    2020 Sleep and stress before and after duty across residency years under 2017 ACGME hours 2020
    2020 Personality as a predictor of well-being in a randomized trial of a mindfulness-based stress reduction of Danish women with breast cancerJournal of Psychosocial Oncology.  38:4-19. 2020
    2020 Pedestrian-vehicle crashes: Risk perception and responsibility attribution among children, adolescents and adults.Journal of Injury and Violence Research.  12:29-38. 2020
    2019 Comparisons of Types of Exposure to Violence Within and Across Contexts in Predicting the Perpetration of Dating Aggression 2019
    2019 Coping, Attributions, and Health Functioning Among Adolescents with Chronic Illness and Their Parents: Reciprocal Relations Over TimeJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  26:495-506. 2019
    2019 Negative life experiences contribute to racial differences in the neural response to threatNeuroImage.  202. 2019
    2019 Individual- and school-level predictors of violence perpetration, victimization, and perceived safety in middle and high schoolsJournal of School Violence.  18:468-482. 2019
    2019 Amygdala and Prefrontal Cortex Activity Varies with Individual Differences in the Emotional Response to Psychosocial StressBehavioral Neuroscience.  133:203-211. 2019
    2019 Truncating PKHD1 and PKD2 mutations alter energy metabolism 2019
    2019 Emotion Socialization and Internalizing Problems in Late Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Coping Styles as MediatorsInternational Journal of Developmental Science.  13:41-51. 2019
    2019 Individual and Family Predictors of Disrespect Sensitivity in Urban Adolescents: A Pilot StudyInternational Journal of Developmental Science.  13:25-30. 2019
    2019 Sodium and potassium excretion predict increased depression in urban adolescentsPhysiological Reports.  7. 2019
    2018 Characteristics of child physical and sexual abuse as predictors of psychopathologyChild Abuse and Neglect.  86:167-177. 2018
    2018 Psychosocial stress reactivity is associated with decreased whole-brain network efficiency and increased amygdala centrality.Behavioral Neuroscience.  132:561-572. 2018
    2018 Racial disparities in fifth-grade sun protection: Evidence from the Healthy Passages studyPediatric Dermatology.  35:588-596. 2018
    2018 Anticipatory prefrontal cortex activity underlies stress-induced changes in Pavlovian fear conditioningNeuroImage.  174:237-247. 2018
    2018 The Relationship Between Violence Exposure and Academic Achievement in African American Adolescents Is Moderated by Emotion RegulationJournal of Early Adolescence.  38:497-512. 2018
    2018 The effect of poor sleep and occupational demands on driving safety in medical residentsTraffic Injury Prevention.  19:S137-S140. 2018
    2018 Anticipatory stress associated with functional magnetic resonance imaging: Implications for psychosocial stress researchInternational Journal of Psychophysiology.  125:35-41. 2018
    2018 The relationship between pain severity and alcohol use among school-aged children and adolescents: The moderating role of drinking motivesPain Medicine.  19:284-296. 2018
    2017 Reciprocal relationships between emotion regulation and motives for eating palatable foods in African American adolescentsAppetite.  117:303-309. 2017
    2017 Benefit Finding and Quality of Life in Caregivers of Childhood Cancer SurvivorsCancer Nursing.  40:E28-E37. 2017
    2017 Factor structure of the emotions as a child scale in late adolescence and emerging adulthoodPsychological Assessment.  29:1082-1095. 2017
    2017 Chronic Physical Health Conditions and Emotional Problems From Early Adolescence Through MidadolescenceAcademic Pediatrics.  17:649-655. 2017
    2017 Emotion socialization as a predictor of physiological and psychological responses to stressPhysiology and Behavior.  175:119-129. 2017
    2017 Peer victimization, depressive symptoms, and substance use: A longitudinal analysisPediatrics.  139. 2017
    2017 Demographic, medical, and psychosocial predictors of benefit finding among caregivers of childhood cancer survivors 2017
    2017 Uric Acid Excretion Predicts Increased Blood Pressure Among American Adolescents of African DescentAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  353:336-341. 2017
    2016 The hippocampal response to psychosocial stress varies with salivary uric acid levelNeuroscience.  339:396-401. 2016
    2016 The Association Between Familial Homelessness, Aggression, and Victimization Among ChildrenJournal of Adolescent Health.  59:688-695. 2016
    2016 Prefrontal cortex activity is associated with biobehavioral components of the stress responseFrontiers in Human Neuroscience.  10. 2016
    2016 Firearm Ownership and Acquisition Among Parents With Risk Factors for Self-Harm or Other ViolenceAcademic Pediatrics.  16:742-749. 2016
    2016 Adolescents' Spirituality and Cystic Fibrosis Airway Clearance Treatment Adherence: Examining MediatorsJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  41:1022-1032. 2016
    2016 Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on binge eating disorderInternational Journal of Eating Disorders.  49:930-936. 2016
    2016 Uric acid excretion predicts increased aggression in urban adolescentsPhysiology and Behavior.  163:144-148. 2016
    2016 Spiritual coping, psychosocial adjustment, and physical health in youth with chronic illness: a meta-analytic reviewHealth Psychology Review.  10:226-243. 2016
    2016 Sleep problems predict cortisol reactivity to stress in urban adolescentsPhysiology and Behavior.  155:95-101. 2016
    2016 Brief report: Explaining differences in depressive symptoms between African American and European American adolescentsJournal of Adolescence.  46:25-29. 2016
    2016 Emotional Desensitization to Violence Contributes to Adolescents’ Violent BehaviorJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  44:75-86. 2016
    2016 Trajectories of Adolescent Alcohol Use by Gender and Early Initiation StatusYouth and Society.  48:3-32. 2016
    2015 Affective state and locus of control modulate the neural response to threatNeuroImage.  121:217-226. 2015
    2015 School-level correlates of adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana useSubstance Use and Misuse.  50:1518-1528. 2015
    2015 From Family Violence to Dating Violence: Testing a Dual Pathway Model 2015
    2015 Hypothesis-driven research for G Ă— E interactions: the relationship between oxytocin, parental divorce during adolescence, and depression in young adulthoodFrontiers in Psychology.  6. 2015
    2015 Summer Treatment Program Improves Behavior of Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  45:2295-2310. 2015
    2015 A longitudinal study of bullying of sexual-minority youthNew England Journal of Medicine.  372:1872-1874. 2015
    2015 Emotional and Physiological Desensitization to Real-Life and Movie Violence 2015
    2015 The Kids-Palatable Eating Motives Scale: Relation to BMI and binge eating traitsEating Behaviors.  17:69-73. 2015
    2015 Comorbidity effects on cocaine dependence treatment and examination of reciprocal relationships between abstinence and depressionJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  83:45-55. 2015
    2014 DRD4 and susceptibility to peer influence on alcohol use from adolescence to adulthoodDrug and Alcohol Dependence.  145:168-173. 2014
    2014 Complement C3 activation in cyst fluid and urine from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patientsJournal of Internal Medicine.  276:539-540. 2014
    2014 Early puberty, negative peer influence, and problem behaviors in adolescent girlsPediatrics.  133:7-14. 2014
    2014 Peer victimization in fifth grade and health in tenth gradePediatrics.  133:440-447. 2014
    2014 Spiritual coping and adjustment in adolescents with chronic illness: A 2-year prospective studyJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  39:542-551. 2014
    2014 Spiritual coping predicts 5-year health outcomes in adolescents with cystic fibrosisJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  13:593-600. 2014
    2014 The Effects of Media Violence on Anxiety in Late Adolescence 2014
    2013 Parental and peer disapproval of alcohol use and its relationship to adolescent drinking: Age, gender, and racial differencesPsychology of Addictive Behaviors.  27:604-614. 2013
    2013 Do Symptoms of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Children With ADHD Symptoms Represent Comorbid Internalizing Difficulties?Journal of Attention Disorders.  17:510-518. 2013
    2013 Spiritual coping and psychosocial adjustment of adolescents with chronic illness: The role of cognitive attributions, age, and disease groupJournal of Adolescent Health.  52:559-565. 2013
    2013 Where and when adolescents use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana: Comparisons by age, gender, and raceJournal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.  74:288-300. 2013
    2012 Impact of ultrasound-guided kidney biopsy simulation on trainee confidence and biopsy outcomesAmerican Journal of Nephrology.  36:570-574. 2012
    2012 Racial/ethnic disparities in health-related quality of life and health in children are largely mediated by family contextual differencesAcademic Pediatrics.  12:532-538. 2012
    2012 The role of parental and adolescent attributions in adjustment of adolescents with chronic illnessJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  19:262-269. 2012
    2012 Peer rejection and friendships in children with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder: Contributions to long-term outcomesJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  40:1013-1026. 2012
    2012 Kidney injury accelerates cystogenesis via pathways modulated by heme oxygenase and complementJournal of the American Society of Nephrology.  23:1161-1171. 2012
    2012 Marital conflict and fifth-graders' risk for injuryAccident Analysis and Prevention.  47:30-35. 2012
    2012 Peer Selection and Socialization in Adolescent Depression: The Role of School Transitions 2012
    2012 Temperament alters susceptibility to negative peer influence in early adolescenceJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  40:201-209. 2012
    2011 Brief report: Do delinquency and community violence exposure explain internalizing problems in early adolescent gang members?Journal of Adolescence.  34:1093-1096. 2011
    2011 Mediating factors associated with pedestrian injury in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderPediatrics.  128:296-302. 2011
    2011 Factors predicting substance dependence and psychotropic medication use among offenders in community correctionsAddictive Behaviors.  36:755-758. 2011
    2011 Other-sex friendships in late adolescence: Risky associations for substance use and sexual debut? 2011
    2011 Mediators of maternal depression and family structure on child BMI: Parenting quality and risk factors for child overweightObesity.  19:345-352. 2011
    2010 Dimensions and correlates of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and sluggish cognitive tempoJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  38:1097-1107. 2010
    2010 Social cognitive and emotional mediators link violence exposure and parental nurturance to adolescent aggressionJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  39:814-824. 2010
    2010 Prospective effects of violence exposure across multiple contexts on early adolescents' internalizing and externalizing problemsJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  51:953-961. 2010
    2010 School-level substance use: Effects on early adolescents' alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana useJournal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.  71:488-495. 2010
    2009 Initiation of alcohol use in early adolescence: Links with exposure to community violence across timeAddictive Behaviors.  34:779-781. 2009
    2009 Moderators of negative peer influence on early adolescent externalizing behaviors: Individual behavior, parenting, and school connectednessJournal of Early Adolescence.  29:518-540. 2009
    2009 Bidirectional influences of violence exposure and adjustment in early adolescence: Externalizing behaviors and school connectednessJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  37:611-623. 2009
    2009 Substance Use and Delinquency Among Fifth Graders Who Have JobsAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  36:297-303. 2009
    2009 Cross-gender violence perpetration and victimization among early adolescents and associations with attitudes toward dating conflict 2009
    2009 Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Mental Health Care Utilization of Fifth Grade ChildrenAcademic Pediatrics.  9:89-96. 2009
    2009 Mediators of neighborhood influences on externalizing behavior in preadolescent childrenJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  37:265-280. 2009
    2009 Discriminating between children with ADHD and classmates using peer variablesJournal of Attention Disorders.  12:372-380. 2009
    2009 Gender Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: An Integrative Literature Review 2009
    2009 Outcomes of a massage intervention on teen mothers: a pilot study.Pediatric nursing.  35. 2009
    2009 Predictive value of informant discrepancies in reports of parenting: Relations to early adolescents' adjustmentJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  37:17-30. 2009
    2008 Positive parenting and early puberty in girls: Protective effects against aggressive behaviorJAMA Pediatrics.  162:781-786. 2008
    2008 Behavioral Summer Treatment Program improves social and behavioral functioning of four children with Asperger's disorderClinical Case Studies.  7:171-190. 2008
    2008 Parenting quality affects obesity in preteensAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  35:S177-S177. 2008
    2008 Variation by race/ethnicity and geography in children's dietary intake: The healthy passages studyAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  35:S43-S43. 2008
    2008 The factor structure of the narcissistic personality inventoryJournal of Personality Assessment.  90:593-600. 2008
    2008 Violence Exposure Across Multiple Contexts: Individual and Joint Effects on Adjustment 2008
    2007 Experimental Design And Statistics for Psychology: A First Course. Fabio Sani and John TodmanAmerican Statistician.  61:275-276. 2007
    2007 Behavior and peer status in children with ADHD: Continuity and changeJournal of Attention Disorders.  10:359-371. 2007
    2007 Impression formation and modifiability testing a theoretical model 2007
    2005 What aspects of peer relationships are impaired in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder?Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  73:411-423. 2005
    2005 Peer-assessed outcomes in the multimodal treatment study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorderJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  34:74-86. 2005
    2004 Choosing or Being Chosen by Aggressive-Disruptive Peers: Do They Contribute to Children's Externalizing and Internalizing Problems?Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  32:53-65. 2004
    2003 A comparison of psychosocial impact: narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and idiopathic hypersomniaSleep.  26:A275-A275. 2003
    2003 A friendship intervention for children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Preliminary findingsJournal of Attention Disorders.  6:87-98. 2003
    2002 Self-Concept of Young People with Physical Disabilities: Does integration play a role? 2002
    2001 Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: peer relationships and peer-oriented interventions.New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.  51-77. 2001

    Research Overview

  • Development of behavioral and emotional problems in adolescence
  • Teaching Activities

  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Fall Term 2017)
  • PY320 - Contemporary Issues in Psych (Summer Term 2012)
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Summer Term 2012)
  • PY488 - Pediatric Psychology (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY718 - Research Design (Fall Term 2009)
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2011)
  • PY718 - Research Design (Summer Term 2009)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2007)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2009)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2010)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2011)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2012)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2013)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2014)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2015)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2016)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Stat Methods (Fall Term 2017)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Statistical Mthds (Fall Term 2018)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Statistical Mthds (Fall Term 2019)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Statistical Mthds (Fall Term 2020)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Statistical Mthds (Fall Term 2021)
  • PY719 - Multivariate Statistical Mthds (Fall Term 2022)
  • PY719L - Lab for Multvar. Stat. Methods (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY719L - Lab for Multvar. Stat. Methods (Fall Term 2014)
  • PY719L - Lab for Multvar. Stat. Methods (Fall Term 2015)
  • PY719L - Lab for Multvar. Stat. Methods (Fall Term 2016)
  • PY719L - Multivariate Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2019)
  • PY726 - Adv Developmental Psych Sem (Summer Term 2012)
  • PY727 - Longitudinal Data Analysis Lab (Spring Term 2016)
  • PY727 - Longitudinal Data Analysis Lab (Spring Term 2018)
  • PY727 - Longitudinal Data Analysis Lab (Spring Term 2020)
  • PY727 - Longitudinal Studies Lab (Spring Term 2014)
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2008)
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2009)
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2012)
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2015)
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2022)
  • PY746 - Structural Equation Modeling (Spring Term 2021)
  • PY788 - Pediatric Psychology (Fall Term 2008)
  • PY791 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2017)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University System : Purdue University 2005
  • Master of Psychology in Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Purdue University System : Purdue University 2001
  • Full Name

  • Sylvie Mrug