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Roger Kobak

Professor
Director of clinicial training
University of Delaware
219 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-6431
Lab Phone: 302-831-1692

Biography

My research has focused on identifying family and peer factors that increase adolescents' vulnerability for depression and problem behaviors that include risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and delinquent activity. Currently, we are evaluating Attachment Based Family Therapy and Non-Directive Supportive Therapy for depressed and suicidal adolescents. This work is designed to understand how attachment, emotion regulation, reflective capacity and parent-adolescent communication change during therapy. We are also investigating pre-treatment factors that have the potential to influence treatment outcomes. Prospective students should have a strong interest in parenting, adolescent attachment, parent-adolescent communication or adolescent problem behaviors.

Degrees

Ph.D.,​ ​University of Virginia

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC350 Developmental Psychology

PSYC820 Psychodiagnostic Assessment

PSYC867 Developmental Risk and Psychopathology

Recent Publications

Kobak, R., Zajac, K., Madsen, S. (in press) Disruptions in Attachment Bonds: Theory, Assessment and Reparative Processes. Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Implications, (Cassidy & Shaver, Eds.), New York: Guilford Press.

Kobak, R. R., & Kerig, P. K. (2015). Introduction to the special issue: Attachment-based treatments for adolescents. Attachment & Human Development, 17(2), 111-118. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2015.1006382

Kobak R., & Kobak, R., Zajac, K, Heres, J., Krauthamer-Ewing, S. (2015) Attachment Based Treatments for Adolescents: The Secure Cycle as a Framework for Assessment, Treatment and Evaluation. Attachment and Human Development.

Herres, J., Ewing, E. S., & Kobak, R. (2015). Emotional reactivity to negative adult and peer events and the maintenance of adolescent depressive symptoms: A daily diary design. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10802-015-0043-6

Herres, J., & Kobak, R. (2015). The role of parent, teacher, and peer events in maintaining depressive symptoms during early adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(2), 325-337. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10802-014-9896-3

Dozier, M., Kaufman, J., Kobak, R., O’Connor, T. G., Sagi-Schwartz, A., Scott, S., . . . Zeanah, C. H. (2014). Consensus statement on group care for children and adolescents: A statement of policy of the american orthopsychiatric association. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(3), 219-225. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000005

Grassetti, S. N., Herres, J., Williamson, A. A., Yarger, H. A., Layne, C. M., & Kobak, R. (2014). Narrative focus predicts symptom change trajectories in group treatment for traumatized and bereaved adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, X, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.913249.

Representative publications

Kobak R., & Kobak, R., Zajac, K, Heres, J., Krauthamer-Ewing, S. (2015) Attachment Based Treatments for Adolescents: The Secure Cycle as a Framework for Assessment, Treatment and Evaluation. Attachment and Human Development.

Kobak, R. & Zajac, K. (2011). Revaluating Adolescent States of Mind and Their Implications for Psychopathology: A Relational/Lifespan Framework. In D. Cicchetti & G. Roisman (Eds.) The Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology, The Origins of Adaptation and Maladaptation Vol. 36, New York: Erlbaum.

Rosenthal, N. & Kobak, R. (2010). Assessing Adolescent Attachment Hierarchies: Individual Developmental Differences. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20: 678-706.

Kobak, R., Zajac, K., & Levine, S. (2009). Cortisol Activity and Externalizing Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Moderating Effects of Gender and Symptom Severity. Development and Psychopathology: 21: 579-591.

Kobak R., Cassidy, J, Lyons-Ruth, K. & Zir, Y. (2006). Attachment, stress and psychopathology: A developmental pathways model. Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology, D. Cicchetti, and Cohen, (Eds.) Cambridge, University Press (pp. 333-369).

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