BRIDGET CHO
Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas
Cohort Seven Fellow
bridget.cho@ku.edu

Academic Mentor
Yo Jackson, PhD
Professor, Pennsylvania State University Associate Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Policy Mentor
Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospital

Areas of Expertise
Mental Health and Well-Being, Participatory Action Research, Preschool-aged Children

BIOGRAPHY

Bridget Cho is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas.Through research, clinical, and policy work, Ms. Cho aims to promote resilience among families and communities experiencing adversity. She focuses on early parent-child relationships, asking how adversity affects parent behavior and what aspects of parent-child relationships support child resilience to adversity. Ms. Cho's research endeavors include quantitative and quantitative studies. She primarily works with low-income, primarily racial/ethnic minority populations, and strives to conduct culturally-relevant, trauma-informed research. In her clinical work, Ms. Cho provides evidence-based treatment and assessment for children age 2-19 and their families in a variety of settings, operating from a biopsychosocial model. Her current policy-related work aims to address racial inequities in child welfare within local institutions. Ms. Cho earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester, after which she worked as a research assistant at Mt. Hope Family Center in Rochester, NY on an intervention study for maltreated adolescent girls with depressive symptoms.

DISSERTATION

Parents’ Childhood and Current Adversity, Emotion Dysregulation, and Parenting Behaviors

Parent-child interactions early in life are critical to child development, and supportive parenting can buffer against the negative effects of early life adversity. However, parents who have experienced childhood adversity tend to have less positive and more negative parenting behaviors compared to those without childhood adversity. Per the allostatic load model, childhood adversity can lead to a cascade of developmental effects including difficulties effectively regulating emotions, which may in turn undermine effective parenting. Further, current adversity often follows from childhood adversity and may contribute to between-individual differences in parenting behavior. The aims of the present study are to examine the direct and indirect effects of childhood and current adversity on observed parenting behaviors via parental emotion dysregulation. Results will yield a better understanding of the factors influencing parenting behaviors during interactions with their young children, which are pivotal to the development of young children exposed to adversity.