Dr. Kuersten-Hogan is a child clinical psychologist who is interested in family interaction patterns and children’s cognitive and emotional development. Her clinical interests include child and family therapy and she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her research interests focus on the role of the family emotion communication and coparenting dynamics in children’s emotion understanding and Theory of Mind, on children’s understanding of pretense and magic, and on fathers’ involvement in children’s adjustment.
I am a child clinical psychologist interested in family interaction patterns and children’s cognitive and emotional development. My current program of research focuses on exploring coparenting dynamics and family emotion communication during the transition to parenthood. One of my past projects involved comprehensive assessments of pregnant couples in the last trimester of their pregnancy and postpartum assessments when their infants were 3 and 12 months old. For the follow-up at 12 months, I collaborated with several colleagues from our department to provide intensive assessments of various aspects of infants’ development, including their temperament, attachment behaviors, joint attention, and imitation which we found correlated with family dynamics emerging even prior to birth.
I also collaborate with psychiatrists from UMass Medical School on a couple of ongoing research projects. In one of these projects, we are investigating the role of coparenting and family dynamics in women and their partners who are at high risk for developing postpartum depression. Another project I am developing in collaboration with UMass Medical School and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UMass Memorial Hospital involves assessments of families with infants hospitalized in the NICU to determine whether parental depression and anxiety and disrupted coparenting dynamics predict families’ post-release adjustment.
My research studies commonly include intensive interviews with participants, direct observations in the laboratory and home environments, as well as the use of standardized and specially developed rating scales. While I mostly study families and children, another ongoing research study of mine involves assessments of Undergraduate students’ perceptions of family-of-origin experiences. In this study, I am interested in exploring whether mental representations of family dynamics are associated with adults’ emotion recognition skills.
My Collaborators for these studies are:
Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
Paula Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Assumption College
Jean Frazier, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
Maria Kalpidou, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Assumption College
Amy Lyubchik, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Assumption College
Alan Picarillo, MD, Department of Pediatrics, UMass Memorial Hospital
Gina Trachimowicz, MD, Department of Pediatrics, UMass Memorial Hospital
Fang Zhang, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Assumption College
Selected Recent Presentations & Publications
Kuersten-Hogan, R., McHale, J. & Bellas, V. (Under Review). Coparenting and emotional expressiveness in preschool families: The utility of mealtime observations. Journal article submitted to the Journal of Family Psychology.
Kuersten-Hogan, R. (In Preparation). Bridging the Gap Across the Transition to Coparenthood: Prenatal Predictors of Postpartum Coparenting Dynamics. Journal article to be submitted to Family Process.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., Kalpidou, M., & Fitzpatrick, P. (2014, July). Triadic interactions from pregnancy through the first year: Prenatal predictors of postnatal coparenting and family expressiveness. In: M. Deschenes (Chair): Quality of the family triad during infancy and beyond: Prenatal and postnatal influences. Symposium to be presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.
Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2014, June). Invited Discussant for S. Schoppe-Sullivan (Chair): Correlates and consequences of intuitive parenting in the Prenatal Lausanne Trilogue Play (Prenatal LTP). Symposium to be presented at the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., Fitzpatrick, P., Kalpidou, M., & Lyubchik, A. (2014, June). Predicting infant functioning in the first year: The role of prenatal and postnatal coparenting dynamics and family expressiveness. In C. Lavanchy Scaiola (Chair): Links between early family interactions and children’s social-emotional development in the toddler and preschool years. Symposium to be presented at the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2014, June). Coparenting observations during the first year: Do contextual factors matter? In N. Favez (Chair): Different contexts, different results: The influence of contextual variables in early assessment and intervention. Symposium to be presented at the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., Chirichetti, K., Wilcomb, C. (2014, March). The role of family-of-origin perceptions of coparenting and emotional expressiveness in adults’ emotion recognition. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Human Development, Austin, Texas.
Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2013, September). Invited Discussant for F. Frascarolo (Chair): Contribution of the Pic-Nic Game situation in the evaluation of diverse forms of families. Symposium presented at the European Conference for Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., & McHale, J.P. (2013). L'observation du coparentage dans les familles biparentales: influence du contexte et de l'âge de l'enfant (Coparenting Observations in Two-Parent Families Across Contexts and Time). In N. Favez, F. Frascarolo, & H. Tissot (Eds.), Le bébé au sein de la triade: le développement de l'alliance familiale (The baby within the triad: the development of family alliance). Bruxelles, BEL: De Boeck.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., Faria, M., & DiGiammarino, R. (2013, April). Correlates of Coparenting Dynamics Across the Transition to Parenthood: The Roles of Infant Temperament and Attachment. In R. Kuersten-Hogan (Chair): Predicting Infant and Family Functioning at the end of the First Year: The Impact of Prenatal and Postnatal Family Dynamics. Poster symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
Kuersten-Hogan, R. & Jarquin, S. (2012, June). Stability of fathers’ prenatal coparenting across the transition to parenthood: The value of prenatal coparenting observations. In B. McDaniel & D. Teti (Chairs): Paternal coparenting across the transition to parenthood: Prenatal and postnatal influences. Symposium presented at the meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kuersten-Hogan, R., Burgoyne, J., & Masterman, E. (2011, March). Predicting Coparenting Dynamics in the Early Postpartum Period: The Value of the Prenatal LTP. In R. Kuersten-Hogan (Chair): Catching glimpses of future family functioning: Different applications of the Lausanne Trilogue Play Situation. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
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