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  • Madelyn Labella, Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Post-Doctoral Researcher
    Dozier Lab
    University of Delaware
    850 Library Ave., Room 214
    Newark, DE 19716


    Madelyn Labella is a postdoctoral researcher with the Infant Caregiver Project, where she researches the long-term effectiveness of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), an evidence-based parenting intervention for caregivers of infants and toddlers who have experienced early adversity. She is also studying a newly developed adaptation of ABC for mothers receiving treatment for opioid addiction.

    Dr. Labella's research focuses on risk and resilience in children and families experiencing chronic stressors, including poverty, homelessness, and family violence. She is particularly interested in supporting parents' adaptive socialization of children's emotions in families experiencing adversity. 


    Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    M.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    B.A., Williams College

    Recent Publications

    Labella, M. H., Raby, K. L., Martin, J., & Roisman, G. I. (in press). Romantic functioning mediates prospective associations between childhood abuse and neglect and parenting outcomes in adulthood. Development and Psychopathology.

    Labella, M. H. (2018). The sociocultural context of emotion socialization in African American families. Clinical Psychology Review, 59, 1-15. 

    Labella, M. H., Johnson, W. F., Martin, M. J., Ruiz, S. K., Shankman, J. L., Narayan, A. J., Englund, M. M., Collins, W. A., Roisman, G. I., & Simpson, J. A. (2018). Multiple dimensions of childhood abuse and neglect prospectively predict poorer adult romantic functioning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 238-251.

    Labella, M. H., & Masten, A. S. (2018). Family influences on the development of aggression and violence. Current Opinion in Psychology (Special Issue on Aggression and Violence), 19, 11-16. 

    Labella, M. H., Narayan, A. J., McCormick, C. M., Desjardins, C. D., & Masten, A. S. (2018). Sociodemographic risk, family adversity, and children's social-emotional adjustment in families experiencing homelessness. Child Development.

    Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Fraley R. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2018). The legacy of early abuse and neglect for social and academic competence from childhood to adulthood. Child Development.

    Zamir, O., Gewirtz, A. H., Labella, M., DeGarmo, D. S., & Snyder, J. J. (2018). Experiential avoidance, communication, and marital quality in intimate relationships of military couples, Journal of Family Issues, 39, 1191-1212.

    Labella, M. H. & Cicchetti, D. (2017). Developmental psychopathology. In A. L. Wenzel, Ed., The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology, pp. 1075-1078. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Labella, M. H., Kalstabakken, A.W., Johnson, J., Leppa, J., Robinson, N., Masten, A. S., & Barnes, A. J. (2017). Promoting resilience by improving children's sleep: Feasibility among families living in supportive housing. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 11, 285-293.

    Erickson, M. F., Labella, M. H., & Egeland, B. (2017). Child neglect. In J. E. B. Myers and J. B. Klika, Eds., APSAC handbook on child maltreatment (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Martin, M. J., Raby, K. L., Labella, M. H., & Roisman, G. (2017). Childhood abuse and neglect, attachment states of mind, and non-suicidal self-injury. Attachment and Human Development, 19, 425-446.

    Narayan, A. J., Kalstabakken, A. W., Labella, M. H., Nerenberg, L.S., & Masten, A.S. (2017). Intergenerational continuity of adverse childhood experiences in high-risk families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87, 3-14.

    Narayan, A. J., Labella, M. H., Englund, M., Carlson, E., Egeland, B. (2017). The legacy of early violence exposure: Infancy versus preschool timing effects for adulthood dating violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 833-843.

    Raby, K. L., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Carlson, E. A., & Roisman, G. I. (2017). Childhood abuse and neglect and insecure attachment states of mind in adulthood: Prospective, longitudinal evidence from a high-risk sample. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 347-363.

    Labella, M. H., Narayan, A. J., & Masten, A. S. (2016). Emotional climate in families experiencing homelessness: Associations with child affect and social-emotional adjustment in school. Social Development, 25, 304-321.

    Labella, M. H. & Masten, A. S. (2016). Family influences on aggression and violence. In B. Bushman, Ed., Social psychology of aggression and violence: Frontiers of social psychology. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. 

    Masten, A. S. & Labella, M. H. (2016). Risk and resilience. In L. Balter & C. S. Tamis-LeMonda, Eds., Child psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues (3rd edition). Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis.

    Masten, A.S., Fiat, A. E., Labella, M. H. & Strack, R.A. (2015). Educating homeless and highly mobile students: Implications of research on risk and resilience. School Psychology Review, 44, 315-330.





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