Madelaine Abel

BA (2014) Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
MA (2018) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


My research interests are focused on family processes (e.g., parenting, parent-child communication) that contribute to youth psychological adjustment following stress and adversity. Some of my current work focuses on parent-child communication around shared traumatic experiences, like natural disasters. Additionally, I am interested in family- and youth-level factors influencing youth response to treatment, especially for youth internalizing concerns.

Selected Publications

Abel, M.R., Vernberg, E.M., Lochman, J.E., McDonald, K., Jarrett, M., Powell, N., & Hendrickson, M. (2020). Co-reminiscing with a caregiver about a devastating tornado: Association with adolescent anxiety symptoms. Advance online publication. Journal of Family Psychology.

Abel, M.R., Bianco, A., Gilbert, R., & Schleider, J.L. (2020). When is adolescent psychotherapy brief? Considering sociodemographic factors, problem complexity, and problem type. Advance online publication. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Garibaldi, P.M., Abel, M.R., Snow, R.S., & Schleider, J.L. (2020). Does failure help or harm? Linking parents’ treatment histories, views of failure, and expectancies for child psychotherapy. Child & Youth Care Forum, 49, 151-169.

Abel, M.R., Poquiz, J.L., Fite, P.J., & Doyle, R. (2020). Reactive aggression and suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents receiving outpatient psychological services: The moderating role of hyperactivity and inattention. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 51, 2-12.

Hendrickson, M., Abel, M.R., Vernberg, E., McDonald, K., & Lochman, J. (2020). Caregiver-adolescent co-reminiscing and adolescents’ individual recollections of a devastating tornado: Associations with enduring post-traumatic stress symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 32(1), 151-161.

McDonald, K., Vernberg, E., Lochman, J.E., Abel, M.R., Jarrett, M., Kassing, F., Powell, N., & Qu, L. (2019). Trajectories of tornado-related post-traumatic stress symptoms and pre-exposure predictors in a sample of at-risk youth. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(11), 1003-1018.

Schleider, J.L., Abel, M.R., & Weisz, J.R. (2019). Do immediate gains predict long-term symptom change? Findings from a randomized trial of a single-session intervention for youth anxiety and depression. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50(5), 868-881.

Kamin, H.S., McCarthy, A.E., Abel, M.R., Jellinek, M.S., Baer, L., & Murphy, M. (2015). Using a brief parent-report measure to track outcomes for children and teens with internalizing disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 851-862.

Schleider, J.L., Abel, M.R., & Weisz, J.R. (2015). Implicit self-theories and mental health problems in youths: A random-effects meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 35, 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.11.001

Selected Presentations

Abel, M.R., Vernberg, E.M., Lochman, J., McDonald, K., & Hendrickson, M. (2019, March). Caregivers’ reward of adolescent negative emotions when co-reminiscing about a devastating tornado. In K. McDonald & E.M. Vernberg (Co-chairs), Toward understanding heterogeneity in adolescent trauma experiences and later adjustment outcomes. Symposium presented at the 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD. 

Abel, M.R., Vernberg, E.M., McDonald, K., Powell, N., & Lochman, J. (2018, April). The impact of a devastating tornado on the trajectory of parenting behaviors among at-risk youth pre- to post-disaster. In McDonald, K. (Chair), Tornados, hurricanes, oil spills, and floods: Adolescent and parent reactions to natural and technological disasters. Symposium held at the 2018 Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Abel, M.R. (2017, October). Scope, scale, and dose of the world’s largest school based mental health programs. In J.M. Murphy (Chair), What we can learn about promoting school mental health from the world's biggest programs? Symposium held at the 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Washington D.C.

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