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 Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies. I mentor graduate students through the following program specializations:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Parenthood and Parent-Child Relationships
  • Prevention & Early Intervention

I am currently accepting graduate student applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pleas email me if you’re interested in learning more about joining my research team!

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. The majority of my work in this area 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 high stress contexts

Selected Recent Publications (*student co-authors):

Fish, J., Russell, B. S., Watson, R. J., & Russell, S. (2020). Parent-child relationships and sexual minority youth: Implications for adult alcohol abuse. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, 2034-2046

Hutchison, M.*, Russell, B. S., Carney, L. M.*, Finkelstein-Fox, L.*, & Park, C. (2020). Collegiate substance use: A tale of differential risk and coping. Drugs and Alcohol Dependence, 212, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108038

Hutchison, M.*, Russell, B. S., & Wink, M. N.* (2020). Social-emotional competence trajectories from a school-based child trauma symptom intervention in a disadvantaged community. Psychology in the Schools, 57, 1257–1272. doi: 10.1002/pits.22388

Park, C. L., Finkelstein-Fox, L.*, Russell, B. S., Fendrich, M., Hutchison, M.*, & Becker, J. (2020, in press). Americans’ psychological resilience early in the Covid-19 pandemic: Protective resources and coping strategies. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

Park, C. L., Russell, B. S., Fendrich, M., Finkelstein-Fox, L.*, Hutchison, M.*, & Becker, J. (2020). Americans’ Covid-19 stress, coping, and adherence to CDC guidelines. Journal of General Internal Medicine, doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05898-9

Russell, B. S., Guite, J. W., Homan, K., Teppe, R., & Williams, S. (2020). Complementary parent components for pediatric pain families: Innovations in treatment. Children, 7, 4. doi:10.3390/children7010004

Russell, B. S., Hutchison, M.*, Tambling, R., Tomkunas, A. J.*, & Horton, A. L.* (2020). Initial challenges of caregiving during COVID-19: Caregiver burden, mental health, and the parent-child relationship. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 51(5), 671-682. doi: 10.1007/s10578-020-01037-x

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1654513

Russell, B. S., & Guite, J. W. (2019). Parenting impacts from a mindfulness-based intervention for families facing pediatric chronic pain. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 29(7), 1861-1872. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01635-x10.1007/s10826-019-01635-x

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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000244

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., 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

Beth Russell
Contact Information
Emailbeth.russell@uconn.edu
Russell CV CV2020 Short
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Rd, U-1058
Office LocationFSB 303F
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