Coping and Regulation of Environmental Stress Lab

The Pennsylvania State University


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Selected Publications (bold indicates student)


Wadsworth M.E., McDonald, A., Joos C.M., Ahlkvist J.A., Perzow S.E.D., Tilghman-Osborne E., Creavey K., & Brelsford G.M. (2019). Reducing the biological and psychological toxicity of poverty-related stress: Initial efficacy of the BaSICS intervention for early adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12400

Wadsworth M.E., Broderick A.V., Loughlin‐Presnal, J., Bendezu J., Joos C.M., Ahlkvist J.A., Perzow S.E.D. & McDonald, A. (2019). Co‐activation of SAM and HPA responses to acute stress: A review of the literature and test of differential associations with preadolescents’ internalizing and externalizing. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1002/dev.21866


Wadsworth, M. E., Ahlkvist, J. A., McDonald, A., & Tilghman-Osborne, E. (2018). Future directions in research and intervention with youths in poverty. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,  doi:

Buss, K. A., Wadsworth, M. E., Jaffee, S., & Kliewer, W. (2018). Impact of psychophysiological stress-response systems on psychological development: Moving beyond the single biomarker approach. Developmental Psychology, 54(9), 1601.

Wadsworth, M. E., Bendezú, J. J., Loughlin-Presnal, J., Ahlkvist, J. A., Tilghman-Osborne, E., Bianco, H., . . . Hurwich-Reiss, E. (2018). Unlocking the black box: A multilevel analysis of preadolescent children’s coping. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 47(4), 527-541. doi:

Joos, C.M., Wodzinski, A.M., Wadsworth, M.E., & Dorn, L. (2018). Neither Antecedent nor Consequence: Developmental Integration of Chronic Stress, Pubertal Timing, and Functionally Adapted Stress Responses. Developmental Review, 48, 1-23.

Perzow, S.E.D., Bray, B.C. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2018).  Stress Response Profiles and Behavioral Functioning Among Low-income Parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 517-527. DOI:10.1037/fam0000403

Bendezú, J. J., & Wadsworth, M. E. (2018). Person-centered examination of salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase responses to psychosocial stress: Links to preadolescent behavioral functioning and coping. Biological Psychology, 132, 143-153. doi:


Wodzinski, A.M., Bendezu, J.J., & Wadsworth, M.E. (2017). Temperament, Coping, and Stress Response Relations in Preadolescent Children: The Moderating Role of Goal Orientation. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 31:1, 79-92, DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2017.1373325

Bendezu, J.J. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2017). If the coping fits, use it: Preadolescent stress and hair cortisol differentially predict post-TSST salivary cortisol recovery. Developmental Psychobiology, 59(7), 848-862.


Bendezú, J.J., Perzow, S.E.D., & Wadsworth, M.E. (2016). What Constitutes Effective Coping and Efficient Physiologic Regulation following Psychosocial Stress Depends on Involuntary Stress Responses. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 73, 42-50.

Tilghman-Osborne, E.M., Bamaca-Colbert, M., Witherspoon, D., Wadsworth, M.E., & Hecht, M. (2016). Longitudinal Associations of Language Brokering and Parental Closeness in Latino Adolescents: A Cross-lagged Model. Journal of Early Adolescence, 36, 319-347.

Diemer, M. A., Mistry, R. S., Wadsworth, M. E., López, I., & Reimers, F. (2013). Best practices in conceptualizing and measuring social class in psychological research. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13(1), 77-113.[pdf]

Tilghman-Osborne, E.M., Bamaca-Colbert, M., Witherspoon, D., Wadsworth, M.E., & Hecht, M. (2016). Longitudinal Associations of Language Brokering and Parental Closeness in Latino Adolescents: A Cross-lagged Model. Journal of Early Adolescence, 36, 319-347.


Hurwich-Reiss, E., Rienks, S. L. Wadsworth, M.E., & Markman, H.J. (2015). Exploring the Role of Ethnic Identity in Family Functioning Among Diverse Low-Income Parents. Journal of Community Psychology, 43, 545-559.

Wadsworth, M.E. (2015). Development of Maladaptive Coping: A Functional Adaptation to Chronic, Uncontrollable Stress. Child Development Perspectives, 9(2), 96-100.


Hurwich-Reiss, E., Rindlaub, L. A., Wadsworth, M. E., & Markman, H. J. (2014). Cultural adaptation of a family strengthening intervention for low-income spanish-speaking families. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2(1), 21-36.


Wadsworth, M.E., Rindlaub, L., Hurwich-Reiss, E., Bianco, H., Rienks, S., & Markman, H.J. (2013). A longitudinal examination of the Adaptation to Poverty-Related Stress Model: predicting child and adolescent adjustment over time. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. [pdf]


Wadsworth, M.E. & Rienks, S.L. (2012). Stress as a Mechanism of Poverty’s Ill Effects on Children: Making the Case for Family Strengthening Interventions that Counteract Poverty-related Stress.  CYF News, special edition on Poverty, Health Disparities, and the Nation’s Children. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. [link]

Wadsworth, M.E. (2012). Working with Low-income Families: Lessons Learned from Basic and Applied Research on Coping with Poverty-related Stress. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 42, 17-26. [pdf]

Wolff, B.C., Wadsworth, M.E., Wilhelm, F.H., & Mauss, I.B. (2012). Children’s Vagal Regulatory Capacity Predicts Attenuated Sympathetic Stress Reactivity in a Socially Supportive Context: Evidence for a Protective Effect of the Vagal System.  Development and Psychopathology, 24, 677-689. [pdf]

Santiago, C.D., Etter, E.M., Wadsworth, M.E., & Raviv, T. (2012).  Predictors of Responses to Stress Among Families Coping with Poverty-related Stress. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 25, 239-258.

Wadsworth, M.E. & Markman, H.J. (2012). Where’s the Action: Understanding What Works and Why in Relationship Education. Behavior Therapy, 43(1), 99-112. [pdf]


Mistry, R.S. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2011). Family Functioning and Child Development in the Context of Poverty. Prevention Researcher, 18(4), 11-15.

Wadsworth, M.E., Raviv, T., Santiago, C.D., & Moran, E.G. (2011). Testing the Adaptation to Poverty-related Stress Model: Predicting Psychopathology Symptoms in Families Facing Economic Hardship. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 646-657.

Pregulman, M. Rienks, S., Markman, H., Wadsworth, M.E. Einhorn, L., & Moran, E. (2011).  Lessons Learned From Recruiting Diverse Couples for Clinical Research. In D.K. Carson & M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.), Adventures in Couples Therapy: A Theory-Based Case Study Approach (pp. 29-40). Routledge. [request reprint]

Wadsworth, M.E., Santiago, C.D., Einhorn, L., Etter, E. M., Rienks, S., & Markman, H.J. (2011). Preliminary Efficacy of an Intervention to Reduce Psychosocial Stress and Improve Coping in Low-Income Families. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48(3-4), 257-271. [pdf]

Santiago, C.D. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2011). Family and Cultural influences on Low-income Latino Youths’ Coping and Adjustment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(2), 332-337. [pdf]

Rienks, S.L., Wadsworth, M.E., Markman, H.J., Einhorn, L. & Moran, EG. (2011). Father Involvement in an Ethnically Diverse Low-Income Sample: Baseline Associations and Changes Resulting from Preventive Intervention. Family Relations, 60(2), 191-204. [pdf]

Santiago, C., Wadsworth, M.E., & Stump, J. (2011). Socioeconomic Status, Neighborhood Disadvantage, and Poverty-related stress: Longitudinal Effects on Psychological Syndromes among Diverse Low-income Families. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(2), 218-230. [pdf]


Raviv, T. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2010). The Efficacy of a Pilot Prevention Program for Children and Caregivers Coping with Economic Strain. Cognitive Therapy & Research ,34 ,216-228. [pdf]

Van Oort, F.V.A., van der Ende, J., Wadsworth, M.E., Verhulst, F., & Achenbach, T.M. (2010). Cross-national Comparison of the Link between Socioeconomic Status and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Youths. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46, 167-172. [pdf]

Wolff, B., Wadsworth, M.E., Santiago, C.D. (2010). Family Poverty, Stress, and Coping. Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York: NY: Springer.

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