Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas
Cohort Seven Fellow


Bridget Cho is a doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. Her primary research interest is the intergenerational continuity of adversity, particularly the role of early parent-child interactions. 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 working on an intervention study treating depression among maltreated adolescent girls. Ms. Cho continues researching childhood maltreatment through her work at the University of Kansas, where she manages a large team of students coding state case files for a federally-funded study examining risk and resilience among maltreated youth. In addition, Ms. Cho is involved in program development and intervention research at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and at Operation Breakthrough, a Head Start/Early Head Start center, where she adapts interventions to increase cultural relevance and accessibility for socioeconomically disadvantaged children and families exposed to adversity.


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.