Regina Kuersten-Hogan

Associate Professor of Psychology


Degrees Earned

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
M.A., Ph.D., Clark University

Conferences

Bretanha, L.,* & Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2017, March). Emerging adults’ expectations of longevity in their romantic relationships. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

doCurral, A*. & Kalpidou, M., & Kuersten-Hogan, R., (2016, October). Coparenting, Parental Depression, and Temperament Relate to Attachment Security at 12 Months, Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Laurence, KS.

Doerfler, L. A., Kuersten Hogan, R., Kalpidou, M., Parmley, M., & Volungis, A. M. (2016). A collaboration model as a means to balance teaching and scholarship demands. Panel discussion at Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology. Worcester, MA. 

Kalpidou, M., doCurral, A*. Kuersten-Hogan, R., & Deligiannidis, K (2017, April). A Microgenetic Study of Parental Depression and Infant Development at 3 Months Postpartum. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., LaForce, J.*, Manteuffel, J.*, Molinaro, M.*, Kalpidou, M., & Deligiannidis, K. (2017, April). The role of prenatal and postnatal depression in coparenting dynamics and family functioning across the transition to parenthood. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., LaForce, J.*, Molinaro, M.*, Manteuffel, J.*, Kalpidou, M., & Deligiannidis, K. (2017, April). Prenatal and postnatal depression and coparenting dynamics as predictors of infant functioning at 3 months postpartum. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas. 

Kuersten-Hogan, R., Kalpidou, M., Boisvert, R.*, & Bui, P.* (2016, June). The role of infant gaze patterns in triadic family interactions at 3- and 12 months postpartum. Poster presented at the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., Molinaro, M*., Manteuffel, J*., Kalpidou, M., & Deligiannidis, K. (2016, October). Parental depression and coparenting dynamics predict infant functioning at 3 months. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Tortora, D.*, & Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2017, March). Couples’ birth narratives and coparenting dynamics during the transition to parenthood. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Research Projects

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. (2017). Bridging the gap across the transition to coparenthood: Triadic interactions and coparenting representations from pregnancy through 12 months postpartum. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:475.doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00475.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.