University of Vermont

The 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
  • C.V. (PDF)
Contact Information
Phone: 656-4058
Room: 362
Website: /~ascherme/research/

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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