Beth S. Russell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Human Development &

Family Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I have focused on the study of self-regulation across the lifespan. I have studied the development of these processes in infant, toddler, and early childhood populations, anchored in the context of their closest most intimate relationships: the parent-child dyad. My most current line of self-regulation studies are with older adolescents and young adults as they face both normative stressors – like the transition to college – and more atypical stressors – like recovery from substance use addiction. I will be collecting data this summer on the third of these pilot studies focused on how 16-20 year olds regulate their emotions, cope, and utilize their social supports as they recover from substance use addiction. The next step in this line of work is to replicate this study with a broader sample of high-risk youth – not just those facing addiction recovery demands, but those in poverty, teen parents, and those involved in DCF child protection services. I will be recruiting these youth from the Village for Children & Families that provides human services to this population in the Greater Hartford area. My current plan is to support that study with a UConn Research Foundation Faculty Large grant which I will prepare this summer and submit for the Fall 2012 competition — this plan can be augmented to involve InCHIP. The long-term vision for this line of work is to apply for a NIDA R03 (possibly R01, either in collaboration through InCHIP) in the Spring of 2013 to extend this work to a national population in a longitudinal design.


BA: Double Major: Comparative Literature; Medical Sciences, Hampshire College (1998)
MA: Human Development & Family Studies, Specialization in Child & Adolescent Development, University of Connecticut (2003)
PhD: Human Development & Family Studies, Specialization in Child & Adolescent Development, Certifications in 1) Quantitative Methods; 2) Culture, Health & Human Development, University of Connecticut (2005)

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Russell, B. S. (2010). Revisiting measurement of Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness.Child Abuse and Neglect, 34(9), 671-676.

Russell, B. S., Alpert, L., & Trudeau, J. J. (2009). Child abuse prevention during infancy: Intervention implications for caregivers’ attitudes towards emotion regulation. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(5), 540-553.

Russell, B. S. & Britner, P. A. (2006). Measuring Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness: Preliminary reliability of caregiver attitudes and beliefs. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 15, 765-777.

Russell, B. S., Britner, P. A., & Woolard, J. L. (2007). The promise of primary prevention home visiting programs: A review of potential outcomes. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 34 (1/2), 129-147.

Russell, B. S., Trudeau, J. J., & Britner, P. A. (2008). Intervention type matters in primary prevention of child abuse: Event history analysis results. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32,949-957.

Russell, B.S., Lee, J. O., Speiker, S., & Oxford, M. L. (2012, under review). Parenting and preschool self-regulation as predictors of social emotional competence in 1st grade.

Russell, B. S., Londhe, R., & Britner, P. A. (2012, under review). Parental contributions to the delay of gratification in young preschool-aged children.

Russell, B. S. & Johnson, S. (2012, in prep). Adolescent Maternal Life Course Outcomes: Randomized Examination of Integrated Mental Health Services Approach Compared to Standard of Care

Russell, B.S. & Johnson, S. (2012, in prep). Developmental outcomes for children of teenage mothers: A randomized comparison of mental health service delivery models

Russell, B. S., Leland, A., Lincoln, C., & Thompson, A. (2012, in prep). Adolescent impulsivity, coping, and reactivity: The tenuous role of social influence.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development &
Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
(Family Studies Building, FSB)
Storrs, CT 0629-1058