Ph.D., Kent State University (2010)
Broadly, my research interests reflect a developmental psychopathology perspective.
Specifically, my research explores how and why children’s relationships with attachment figures influence their social and emotional development (e.g., emotion regulation, peer relationships). A specific focus of my work is developing and testing models which can help us understand how attachment, in combination with other risk and protective factors (such as child temperament, peer relationships and emotion regulation, or parental psychopathology and parenting) may predict the development or maintenance of childhood anxiety. I am also interested in questions regarding the best approaches to assessing attachment, particularly in middle childhood. An additional direction of research is evaluating how emotion socialization processes are related to healthy development and psychopathology. More recently, I become interested in transactional models (family processes, trauma) associated with borderline features in adolescence.
Brumariu, L. E. & Kerns, K. A (2011). Attachment in early and middle childhood. In P. K. Smith & C. Hart (Eds.). Handbook of Childhood Social Development (2nd ed.). (pp. 319-336).
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Brumariu, L. E., & Kerns, K.A (2012), Pathways to anxiety: Contributions of attachment, temperament, peer competence, and emotion regulation. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-012-0345-7.
Brumariu, L. E., Obsuth, I., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2012), Quality of attachment relationships and peer relationship dysfunction among late adolescents with and without anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.09.002.
Brumariu, L. E., Kerns, K.A, & Seibert, A. (2012), Mother-child attachment, emotion regulation, and anxiety symptoms in middle childhood. Personal Relationships, 19, 569–585.
Kerns, K. A, Siener, S., & Brumariu, L. E (2011), Mother-child relationships, family context, and child characteristics as predictors of anxiety symptoms in middle childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 593-604.
Kerns, K. A., Brumariu, L. E., & Seibert, A. C (2011), Multi-method assessment of mother-child attachment: Links to parenting and child depressive symptoms in middle childhood. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 315-333.
Brumariu, L. E., & Kerns, K. A (2010), Parent-child attachment and internalizing symptoms in childhood and adolescence: A review of empirical findings and future directions. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 177-203.
Brumariu, L. E. & Kerns, K. A (2010), Mother-child attachment patterns and different types of anxiety symptoms in middle childhood: Is There Specificity of Relations? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41, 663-674.
Brumariu, L. E., & Kerns, K. A (2008), Attachment and social anxiety symptoms in middle childhood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 393-402.
Kerns, K. A., Brumariu, L. E., & Abraham, M. M (2008), Homesickness at summer camp: Associations with mother-child attachment, social self-concept, and peer relationships in middle childhood. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 54, 473-498.
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Brumariu, L. E., Micco, J.A., Henin, A., & Hirshfeld-Becker, D. R (2012). Parenting behaviors of parents of young children with anxiety disorders: Relations to parental psychopathology and child temperament. In the 32nd Annual Conference of Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Arlington, VA.
Brumariu, L. E., Obsuth, I., Brooks, N. & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2011). Social Functioning in Young Adults With and Without Anxiety Disorders. In the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies,. Toronto, Canada.
Brumariu, L. E., Mathews, B., & Kerns, K. A. (2011). Peer Relationships and Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescence. In the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, Canada.
Obsuth, I., Hennighausen, K., Brumariu, L. E. & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2011). Attachment disorganization in parent-young adult interactions: Assessment and validation. In the 5th International Attachment Conference. Oslo, Norway.
Brumariu, L. E., Obsuth, I., Finger, B., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2011). Mother-child relationships and anxiety disorders in a high risk sample of young adults. In at the 31st Annual Conference of Anxiety Disorders Association of America,. New Orleans, LA.
Brumariu, L. E. & Kerns, K. A. (2010). Mother-Child Attachment in Early Childhood and Anxiety Symptoms in Preadolescence: The Role of Peer Competence and Emotion Regulation. In at biennial meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research,. Herzliya, Israel.
Brumariu, L. E. & Kerns, K. A (2010). Behavioral Indicators of Emotion Regulation and Anxiety in Early Adolescence. In the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence,. Philadelphia, PA.
Honors and Accomplishments
Clinical Research Training Program, Harvard Medical School, research fellow, 2010-2012