Beth Russell (She | Her)

Associate Professor & Associate Dept Head for Graduate Studies

I am an Associate Professor in the HDFS department, the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development (CARHD), co-Director of the Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH), and Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies. I mentor graduate students through the following HDFS program specializations:

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

I am currently accepting graduate student applicants for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please 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. I am deeply committed to community-engaged scholarship and building sustainable research-practice partnerships. The current topics of my research include

  • mindfulness interventions to bolster self-regulation in high risk samples (early childhood, adolescent, and young adult samples)
  • substance use and recovery
  • families coping with a chronic health condition
  • stress, coping, & resilience

Selected Recent Publications (*student co-authors):

Adamsons, K. & Russell, B. S. (2023). Longitudinal transmission of risk behaviors between mothers, fathers, and adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology,

*Dealy, J., Russell, B. S., & Robinson, J. L. (2023). Comparing targeted intervention modalities for high conflict co-parents: A quasi-experimental study. Family Court Review, 61(3), 602-618.

*Horton, A. L., Russell, B. S., *Elias, H., & Tambling, R. R., (2023). A year of COVID-19: Family experiences of ambiguous loss. Family Relations,

Hutchison, M., Russell, B. S., Starkweather, A., & Gans, K. (2022). Outcomes from a pilot mindfulness-based intervention with adolescents: A comparison by categories of risk. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 32, 438-450.

Park, C. L., Wilt, J., Russell, B. S., Fendrich, M. (2022). Does perceived post-traumatic growth predict better psychological adjustment during the COVID-19 pandemic? Results from a national longitudinal survey in the USA. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 146, 179-185.

Russell, B. S., D’Aniello, C., Tambling, R. R., & *Stekler, N. (2022). Internalized stigma and caregiver burden among parents of young adults with Substance Use Disorders. Family Relations,

Park, C. L., *Finkelstein-Fox, L., Russell, B. S., Fendrich, M., *Hutchison, M., & Becker, J. (2021). Psychological resilience early in the Covid-19 pandemic: Stressors, resources, and coping strategies in a national sample of Americans. American Psychologist,

Russell, B. S., *Hutchison, M., Park, C. L., Fendrich, M., & *Finkelstein-Fox, L., (2021). Short-term impacts of COVID-19 on family caregivers: Emotion regulation, coping, and mental health. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 78, 357-374.

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

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

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

Beth Russell
Contact Information
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Mailing Address348 Mansfield Rd, U-1058
Office LocationFSB 303F