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  • Roger Kobak, Professor

    University of Delaware
    219 Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    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.


    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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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