Beth Russell

Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor in the HDFS department, the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development (CARHD), and the program coordinator for the Certificate program in Family Life Education (CFLE), offered through the National Council on Family Relations. I mentor graduate students through the following program specializations:

I am currently accepting graduate student applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Research Interests: Self-regulation in normative and at-risk samples

I study the development of self-regulation in normative and at-risk samples, with a specific focus on the regulation of distress. I believe the development of self-regulation begins as other-regulation in infancy, moves through mutual or co-regulation in early childhood and becomes increasingly self-regulation in adolescence — until young adults partner and/or become parents, thereby moving back into close relationships that rely on mutual regulation.

The majority of my work falls into the study of:

  1. parent-child mutual or co-regulation where child outcomes are heavily scaffolded by the caregiver; and
  2. self-regulation in adolescence and early adulthood where maturity demands for individuation bring self-regulation to the forefront.

Current topics include

  • mindfulness interventions to bolster self-regulation
  • substance use and recovery
  • families coping with a chronic health condition
  • parenting in the context of cumulative disadvantage

Dr. Russell’s CV

Selected Recent Publications (*student co-authors):

Gordon, M., Russell, B. S., & Finan, L.* (2019).  The influence of parental support and community belonging on socioeconomic status and adolescent substance use over time. Substance Use and Misuse,

Russell, B. S., & Guite, J. W. (2019, in press). Parenting impacts from a mindfulness-based intervention for families facing pediatric chronic pain. Journal of Child & Family Studies,

Russell, B. S., Guite, J. W., Homan, K., Teppe, R., & Williams, S. (2019, in press). Complementary parent components for pediatric pain families: Innovations in treatment. Children,

Russell, B. S., Hutchison, M.*, & Fusco, A.* (2019). Emotion regulation outcomes and preliminary feasibility evidence from a mindfulness intervention for adolescent substance use. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2018.1561577

Guite, J. W., Russell, B. S., Homan, K., J., Tepe, R. M., & Williams, S. E. (2018). Parenting in the context of children’s chronic illness: Balancing care and burden. Children, 5, 161, doi:10.3390/children5120161

Guite, J., Russell, B. S., Pantaleao, A.*, Heller, A. T.*, Donohue, E.*, Galica, J., Zempsky, W., & Ohanessian, C. M. (2018). Parents as coping coaches for adolescents with chronic pain: Promoting caregiver self-regulation. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6(3), 223-237. doi

Lee, S.*, Park, C., & Russell, B. S. (2018). Does distress tolerance interact with trait anxiety to predict challenge or threat appraisals? Personality and Individual Differences, 132, 14-19.

Park, C., Russell, B. S., & Fendrich, M. (2018). Mind-body approaches to prevention and intervention for young adults’ alcohol and other drug use/abuse. Medicines,5, 64-74. doi:10.3390/medicines5030064

Russell, B. S., Lincoln, C. R.*, & Starkweather, A., (2018). Distress tolerance as a theoretical mechanism of action for the self-management of chronic conditions. Journal of Holistic Nursing, DOI: 10.1177/0898010118777327. [Epub ahead of print]

Russell, B. S. & Park, C. L. (2018). The role of emotion regulation in chronic pain self-management. Topics in Pain Management, 33, 1-10.

Elsaesser, C., Russell, B. S., Ohannessian, C. M., & Patton, D. (2017). Parenting in a digital age: Implications for online youth interpersonal violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 35, 62-72

Lincoln, C. R.*, Russell, B. S., Racine, L.*, & Donohue, E.* (2017). Mother-child interactions and preschoolers’ emotion regulation outcomes: Nurturing autonomous emotion regulation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(2), 559-573. DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0561-z

Russell, B. S. & Gordon, M. (2017). Parenting and adolescent substance use: Moderation effects of community engagement in a nationally representative sample. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15(5), 1023-1036. DOI 10.1007/s11469-017-9728-0

Russell, B. S., & Lincoln, C. R.* (2017). Reducing hostile parenting through computer-mediated parenting education. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 66–73

Russell, B. S., Thompson Heller, A.*, & Hutchison, M.* (2017). Differences in adolescent emotion regulation and impulsivity: A group comparison study of school-based recovery students. Substance Use and Misuse, 52(1), 1-12

Russell, B.S., Lee, J. O., Speiker, S., & Oxford, M. L. (2016). Parenting and preschool self-regulation as predictors of social emotional competence in 1st grade. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(2), 153-169. doi: 10.1080/02568543.2016.1143414

Russell, B. S., Maksut, J.*, Lincoln, C. R.*, & Leland, A. J.* (2016). Computer-mediated parenting education: Digital family service provision. Children and Youth Services Review, 62, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.01.012

Russell, B. S., Leland, A. J.*, & Trudeau, J. J. (2015). Social influence on adolescent polysubstance use: The escalation to opioid use. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(10), 1325-1331, DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1013128 ePub in advance

Russell, B.S., & Lincoln, C. R.* (2015). Distress tolerance and emotion regulation: Promoting maternal mental health across the transition to parenthood. Parenting: Science & Practice, 16 (1), 22-35. DOI:10.1080/15295192.2016.1116893

Mittal, R., Russell, B. S., Britner, P. A., & Peake, P. K. (2013).  Delay of gratification in two- and three-year-olds: Associations with attachment, personality, and temperament.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(4), 479-489. DOI 10.1007/s10826-012-9600-6.

Russell, B. S., Londhe, R., & Britner, P. A. (2013).  Parenting contributions to the delay of gratification in young preschool-aged children.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22 (4), 471-478. DOI 10.1007/s10826-012-9599-8.

Beth Russell
Contact Information
Phone203 236 9874
Mailing AddressWaterbury campus 99 East Main Street Waterbury, CT 06702 USA
Office LocationFSB 303F