of Child Study and
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Ellen E. Pinderhughes
PhD Yale University, 1986
MA Yale University, 1982
BS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1976
Families and children in challenging circumstances: Parenting and
family functioning among diverse families, ethnic-racial
socialization processes, cultural and contextual influences and
child and youth outcomes; adoption and foster care
Scholarship & Research
As a developmental and clinical psychologist and former William T.
Grant Faculty Scholar, my interests center on families and children
in challenging circumstances (FACCC). The FACCC research program has
as a general goal to contribute an understanding of cultural,
developmental and socialization processes that occur within families
whose children are at risk for dysfunctional behavior so that
policies, interventions and services can be improved or designed to
facilitate optimal child outcomes. Children may be at risk due to
individual child characteristics, problematic parenting and/or
stressful contextual settings. I am particularly interested in how
these factors and other contextual influences affect the way in
which these families socialize their children.
Current Research Projects
Adoption and Development Project (ADP)
The ADP examines how families who are raising children adopted
internationally and transracially navigate cultural and racial
differences, with a focus on ethnic-racial socialization processes.
Data collection, which has reached 45+ families, includes interview,
questionnaires and the use of mixed methods in data analyses. Our
analyses to date have focused on cultural socialization activities,
children's understanding of adoption, ethnic identity and self-image
and children's public discourse experiences. Our current work (with
Amanda Baden's research team at Montclair State University) focuses
on microaggressions and preparation for bias messages/activities in
which parent engage. Microaggressions are common, occurrences that
can be slights, insults, attitudes, or actions that communicate
negative messages to the target person or group (Sue et al., 2007).
Preparation for Bias includes parents' messages about how to deal
with microaggressions or similar experiences (Hughes et al., 2006).
With Karen Bierman and Mark Greenberg (PSU), Kenneth
Dodge and John Coie (Duke U), John Lochman (U Alabama) and Robert
McMahon (Simon Fraser U), and funded continuously by NIMH, NIDA.
Fast Track is a long-term theoretically based randomized clinical
trial designed to prevent the onset of serious conduct disorder and
other problematic outcomes in adolescence. Initiated in 1991, the
study is ongoing in 4 sites in the country with 445 intervention
youth, a matched group of 446 controls, and another more normative
comparison group of 387 youth. Services were delivered to
intervention youth from grades 1 through 10. Yearly data collection
yielded a dataset with rich in possibilities for data analyses
regarding contextual influences, parenting, and youth functioning.
Project is in data analysis phase.
Intercountry Adoption Project
With the Donaldson Adoption
Institute, we are studying the experiences of those directly
involved in intercountry adoption through surveys of adoption
professionals and adoptive parents. Reaching over 1200 adoptive
parents and over 200 adoption professionals, we are examining
preplacement care of children in countries of origin, adoption
processes, and postplacement care in receiving countries among
countries. The project's goals are to identify the critical issues
impacting intercountry adoption practice; compare intercountry
adoption experiences among countries who have and have not agreed to
the Hague Adoption Convention (an international treaty providing
guidelines for intercountry adoption); and to construct and propose
best practices for improving intercountry adoptions.
Lives of Gay Fathers and their Children
With Ellen Perrin, M.D. of
the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Tufts Medical
Center and other colleagues, and funded to date by Arcus, Marks and
Gill Foundations. We are conducting an internet-based study of gay
fathers in the US. Data collection is ongoing. We are gathering data
on the following themes: demographics, pathways to parenthood and
parenting experiences, challenges and discrimination experiences and
relationships with extended families and friends.
Senior Research Fellow, Donaldson Adoption Institute; Member,
Institute of Medicine Committee on Child Maltreatment; Member, Study
Group on Race Culture and Ethnicity; Former Member, SRCD Governing
Council; Current or Former Member of Editorial Boards (Adoption
Quarterly, Psychological Bulletin, Developmental Psychology);
Reviewer of federal and foundation grants
Bebiroglu, N. & Pinderhughes, E. E., (2012). Mothers Raising
Daughters: New Complexities in
Cultural Socialization for Children Adopted from China. Adoption
Quarterly. 15, 116-139.
Vashchenko, M., Rossi, M., & Pinderhughes, E. E., (2012). "Just
Beyond my Front Door":
Public Discourse Experiences of Children Adopted from China.
American Journal of
Community Psychology. 49, 1-2, 246-247.
Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. (E.E. Pinderhughes,
Member). (2011). The
effects of the Fast Track preventive intervention on the development
of conduct disorder
across childhood. Child Development, 82(1),331-345.
Pinderhughes, E. E., Craddock, K. T., & Fermin, L. L. (2011).
Adolescent parents and the
juvenile justice system: Toward developmentally and socioculturally
based provision of
services. In F. Sherman & F. Jacobs (Eds.) Health and Well-Being in
174-196 NY: Wiley & Sons Publishers.
Pinderhughes, E. E., & Pinderhughes, R. B. (2010). Before you pack:
considerations in planning a heritage trip. In (Jacobs, D., Ponte,
I. C., & Wang, L.K.,
Eds) From Home to Homeland. St Paul, MN: Yeong and Yeong Press.
Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (E.E. Pinderhughes,
Member). (2010). The
difficulty of maintaining positive intervention effects: A look at
deviant peer relations, and social skills during the middle school
years. Journal of
Early Adolescence, 30, 593-624.
Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (E.E. Pinderhughes,
Member). (2010). Fast Track Intervention Effects on Youth Arrests
and Delinquency. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 6, 156-168.
Ceballo, R., Chao, R. Hill, N.E., Le, H.N., Murry, V. M. &
Pinderhughes, E. E.** (2008) Excavating Culture: Summary of Results.
Submitted as part of Special Issue, (E. E. Pinderhughes & H.N. Le,
Eds.) Applied Developmental Science, 12 (4),220-226 . **All authors
are in alphabetical order.
Le, H.N., Ceballo, R., Chao, R. Hill, N.E., Murry, V. M. &
Pinderhughes, E. E.** (2008) Excavating Culture: Disentangling
Ethnic Differences from Contextual Influences in Parenting Submitted
as part of Special Issue, (E. E. Pinderhughes &H.N. Le, Eds.)
Applied Developmental Science, 12 (4), 163-175. ** Following Le, all
authors are in alphabetical order.
Pinderhughes, E. E., Hurley, S., & the Conduct Problems Prevention
Research Group, (2008) Disentangling Ethnicity and Context among
Youth Growing up in High-Risk Communities. Submitted as part of
Special Issue, (E. E. Pinderhughes &H.N. Le, Eds.) Applied
Pinderhughes, E. E., & Le, H. N. (2008). Eds. Special Issue, Applied
Developmental Science, 12(4), 161-162.
Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (E. E. Pinderhughes,
member) . (2007). Fast Track Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent
Externalizing Psychiatric Disorders: Findings From Grades 3 to 9.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
Milan, S.., Pinderhughes, E. E., & the Conduct Problems Prevention
Research Group. (2006). Family
instability and child maladjustment trajectories during elementary
school. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34(1), 43-56.
Pinderhughes, E.E., Jones Harden, B., & Schweder, A. E. (2007).
Children in Foster Care, in D. Phillips, L. Aber, L. Allen, S. Jones
(Eds.) Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action.
American Psychological Association, Wash. D.C.
Pinderhughes, E. E., & Jones Harden, B. (2005) Parenting in Diverse
Family Arrangements, in K. Dodge, V. McLoyd, & N. Hill (Eds.),
Emerging Issues in African American Family Life: Context, Adaptation
and Policy, NY: Guildford Press, 285-310.
Brodzinsky, D. M. & Pinderhughes, E. E. (2002) Parenting and child
development in adoptive families. In M. Bornstein (Ed). Handbook of
Parenting, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1, 279-312.