Kristin Valentino, Ph.D

Kristin Valentino is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her BA from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the effects of adversity on child development with a focus on parenting processes and the development of memory, self, and psychopathology. Dr. Valentino also focuses on the development of interventions for maltreated children and families.

Graduate Students

Brigid Behrens, M.A. 

Brigid is a sixth year student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received her BA from Davidson University.  Brigid is currently completing her predoctoral clinical internship. 

Katie Edler, M.A.

Katie is a fourth year student in the Developmental Psychology Program. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Karen Jacques, M.A.

Karen is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received her BA from Darthmouth and her MA from Vanderbilt Univrersity.

Jennie Boulus, M.A.

Jennie is a first year student in the Developmental Psychology program. She recieved her BA from Michigan State University. 


Professional Staff

Heidi Miller, Project Coordinator

Kathy Heyn, Data Manager

Starla Ross, Family Coach

Rosemary Salinas, Family Coach

Ruth Sobieralski, MSW, LCSW; Child Maltreatment Coordinator


Undergraduate Research Team

Emma Bartley

Zach Bergman

Dami Bertin

Madison Chambers

David Dias

Alanna Hine

Aiden Lanz

Ella Larson

Shannon Lyden

Klaudia Malik

Emma Mangino

Sofia Orlandi

Alex Santoni

Francesca Taylor

Tara Thayer


Lab Alumni

Post Doctoral 

Monica Lawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor University of Texas, San Antonio


Amy K. Nuttall, Ph.D. ('15),  Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Human Development & Families Studies  

Michelle Comas, Ph.D. ('16),  Clinical Instructor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Christina McDonnell, Ph.D. ('19), Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Department of Psychology 

Ruth Speidel, Ph.D. ('20), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Kaitlin Fondren, Ph.D. (21)


Jamie Schulte ('10), Teach for America

Elizabeth Murphy ('11), McKinsey & Company

Adam Barsella ('12) Rush Medical College, Rush University

Emily Franz ('12) Washington University

Oscar Gonzalez ('12) Quantitiative Psychology Ph.D. Program, Arizona State University

Kaitlyn Howard ('12) Ernst & Young

Jennifer James ('12) DePaul University College of Law

Jordan Matulis ('12), Catholic Child and Family Services

Anne McNeill ('12) Clinical Psy. D. Program, Roosevelt University

Christina McDonnell ('12) Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program, Notre Dame

Stephanie Sieswerda ('12). Masters Program in Social Work, University of Chicago

Suzy Fanuele ('13), Social Work MA Program, Rutgers

Brianna Piper ('13) Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program, UC Davis

Sarah Poppe ('13), St. Martin de Porres Academy

Taylor Thomas ('13) Developmenal Psychology Ph.D. Program, UNC Chapel Hill

Christina Mondi ('14), Developmental Psychopathology Ph.D. Program, University of Minnesota

Alyssa Mall ('14), Social Work MSW Program, University of Chicago

Alysia Phillips ('14), Alliance for Catholic Education

Courtney Taylor ('14), Deloitte

Anne Haas ('15), Teach for America

Elizabeth Millea ('15)

Krystal Morrison ('15) Clinical Psychology Program, University of Central Florida

Jessica Zhao ('15) Quantitative Psychology Program, University of Southern California

Theresa Barton ('16). University of Notre Dame Law School

Shelby Clingen ('16) Masters Program in Social Work, University of Chicago

Katherine McManus ('16) Intern, Student Welfare & Development, Athletics, University of Notre Dame

John Oakley ('16) Research Coordinator, Temple University

Megan Pogue ('17) Georgetown University Medical School

Michelle Carney ('17) Teach for America

Catherine Finney ('17), Medical School

Catherine Mahon ('17), Medical School

Gabrielle Thivierge ('17), Industry

Laura Eckert ('18) Campus Minister Dublin Global Gateway, Notre Dame

Nicholas Pittman ('18) Teach for America

Phoebe Natale ('18), Masters of Social Work program, University of Washington, St. Louis

Madeline McKenna ('18) , The Ohio State University Medical College

Madison Recktenwald ('18), Medical School

Grace Reilly ('18), Drexel University College of Medicine

Sofia Carozza ('19), Marshall Scholar, University of Cambridge

Katherine Edler ('19) Developmental Psychology Program, University of Notre Dame

Bailey Jaeger ('19) Teach for America

Molly Kuehn ('19) Duke University Medical School

Evelyn McManus ('19) MSW Program, University of Denver

Savannah Pfeffer ('19) Research Assistant, University of Michigan

Caitlin Rosswurm, ('19) Lab Manager, University of Illinois

Jack Sullivan ('19) Alumni Service Corps

Erin Vaughan ('19) Clinical Psychology Program, Louisiana State University

Christopher Lembo ('20), Alliance for Catholic Education

Rachel McClaine ('21) Clinical Psychology Program, Case Western Reserve University

Tracy Preko ('21) Research Coordinator, Columbia University

Kristina Kane ('22) Research Coordinator, Massachussets General Hospital

Nora Maus ('22) Alliance for Catholic Education

Emma Bartely ('23) Developmental Psychology Program, Ohio State University

Colleagues & Resources