University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Alice Schermerhorn

Developmental Psychology

Alice Schermerhorn

Alice Schermerhorn
Assistant Professor

  • B.A. Goshen College, 1995
  • M.S. Illinois State University, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
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Contact Information
Phone: 656-4058
Room: 362

Office Hours: By appointment only


Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration

My research interests are in the area of developmental psychopathology, and focus on associations between exposure to stressors like interparental conflict and children’s socio-emotional development and adjustment. My research focuses on identifying which children are at greatest risk when exposed to stress. My research also seeks to identify mechanisms underlying the stress-adjustment problems relationship. In addition, my research examines transactional associations between stress and child behavior.

In my laboratory at UVM, I plan to investigate:

  • temperament, to identify which children are at greatest risk in the context of stress.
  • mechanisms that can account for associations between stress and child adjustment, such as neural processes and cortisol reactivity.
  • transactional processes, including whether children exacerbate (or even alleviate) stress in their environments.

Accepting Students Fall 2015
Professor Schermerhorn is especially interested in accepting both clinical training program and general/experimental program students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015.

Representative Publications

  • Schermerhorn, A.C., Bates, J.E., Goodnight, J.A., Lansford, J.E., Dodge, K.A., & Pettit, G.S. (in press). Temperament moderates associations between exposure to stress and children’s externalizing problems. Child Development.
  • Schermerhorn, A.C., D’Onofrio, B.M., Slutske, W.S., Emery, R.E., Turkheimer, E., Harden, K.P., Heath, A.C., & Martin, N.G. (2012). Offspring ADHD as a risk factor for parental marital problems: Controls for genetic and environmental confounds. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 15, 700 – 713.
  • Schermerhorn, A.C., D’Onofrio, B.M., Turkheimer, E., Ganiban, J.M., Spotts, E.L., Lichtenstein, P., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J. (2011). A genetically informed study of associations between family functioning and child psychosocial adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 47, 707-725.
  • Schermerhorn, A.C., Chow, S-M., & Cummings, E.M. (2010). Dynamics of family influence processes during interparental conflict. Developmental Psychology, 46, 869-885.
  • Bates, J.E., Schermerhorn, A.C., & Goodnight, J.A. (2010). Temperament and personality through the lifespan. In M.E. Lamb & A. Freund (Vol 2 Eds.). Handbook of Lifespan Development. (pp. 208 – 253). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Schermerhorn, A.C., Cummings, E.M., & Davies, P.T. (2008). Children’s representations of multiple family relationships: Organizational structure and development in early childhood. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 89 – 101.
  • Schermerhorn, A.C., & Cummings, E.M. (2008). Transactional family dynamics: A new framework for conceptualizing family influence processes. In R.V. Kail (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol 36, pp. 187-250. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
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