of Child Study and
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Kerri L. Modry-Mandell
Senior Lecturer; Applied Experience Administrator
Ph.D. University of Arizona
M.A. Tufts University
B.A. University of Vermont
Pediatric Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology; Family
Functioning and Adaptation to Pediatric Chronic Illness; Children's
Sibling Relationships; Psychological Consultation and Collaboration
and Therapeutic Space Design; Grief Support; Pediatric Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention Developmental Initiatives
My primary research interests focus on child health, families, and
culture. I am interested in psychosocial aspects of childhood cancer
and how cultural factors influence family functioning and adaptation
to pediatric chronic illness (e.g., changes in children's sibling
relationships after pediatric bone marrow transplantation and family
I believe in student-centered teaching and mentoring, and I view
teaching as most beneficial to students when they take an active
role in their own learning. To help foster student learning, I
encourage students to think critically and to apply the knowledge
that they learn in the classroom to different facets of their
academic, professional, and personal lives. I strive to create a
learning environment that is safe, culturally sensitive and
respectful. Additionally, to capture a variety of student interests,
I include current evidence-based research, policy, and clinical
practice into my curriculum and focus on providing students with
valuable academic and professional skills to complement their
educational experience. To address different learning styles, I
provide students with multiple methods of instruction and employ a
variety of assessments to evaluate student performance.
Cantrell, K., Modry-Mandell, K., Pappagianopoulos, J., Grill, S., &
Scarlett, G. (in press). Playing with stigma:
Medical play for adolescents with HIV. In Rubin, L. (Ed.), The
handbook of medical play therapy and child life.
Modry-Mandell, K.L., & Harrigan, L. (2014). Thinking Critically
about Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and Practice.
Children, Youth and Environments, 24, 239-241.
Yu, J. J., Lucero-Liu, A. A, Gamble, W. C., Taylor, A. R.,
Christensen, D. H., & Modry-Mandell, K. L. (2008). Partner effects of Mexican cultural values:
The couple and parenting relationship. Journal of Psychology:
Interdisciplinary and Applied, 142, 169-192.
Gamble, W. C., & Modry-Mandell, K. L. (2008). Family Relations and
of Young Children of Mexican Descent: Do Cultural Values Moderate
These Associations? Social Development, 17, 358-379.
Modry-Mandell, K. L., Gamble, W. C., & Taylor, A. R. (2007). Family
Emotional Climate and Sibling Relationship Quality: Influences on
Behavioral Problems and Adaptation in Preschool-Aged Children.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16, 61-73.
Lopez, A. M., Kurker, S. F., Major, J., Guillen, J. M.,
Modry-Mandell, K. L., Graham,
M. L., & Weinstein, R. S. (2003). Assessing the role of the video
phone in the quality of life and the physical recovery of patients
undergoing bone marrow transplantation. Clinical Therapeutics,