Madelaine Abel

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


I am interested in the ways in which caregivers help their children to process and make meaning out of traumatic events. My current research examines emotion socialization processes caregivers use when co-reminiscing with their children about traumatic experiences and the link to youth psychopathology. The ultimate goal of this research is to better understand the ways in which caregivers may best promote growth and development when their children are exposed to stressful life experiences.

Selected Publications

McDonald, K., Vernberg, E., Lochman, J.E., Abel, M.R., Jarrett, M., Kassing, F., Powell, N., & Qu, L. (in press). 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.

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

Schleider, J.L., Abel, M.R., & Weisz, J.R. (in press). 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.​

Hendrickson, M., Abel, M.R., Vernberg, E., McDonald, K., & Lochman, J. (2019). Caregiver-adolescent co-reminiscing and adolescents’ individual recollections of a devastating tornado: Associations with enduring post-traumatic stress symptoms. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0954579418001487

Fite, P.J., Frazer, A.L., DiPierro, M., & Abel, M.R. (2018). Youth perceptions of what is helpful during the middle school transition and correlates of transition difficulty. Children and Schools.

Murphy, J.M., Abel, M.R., Hoover, S., Jellinek, M., & Fazel, M. (2017). Scope, scale, and dose of the world’s largest school based mental health programs. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 25, 1-11.

Guzmán, J., Kessler, R.C., Squiciarini A.M., George, M., Baer, L., Canenguez, K.M., Abel, M.R., McCarthy, A., Jellinek, M., & Murphy, J.M. (2015). Evidence for the effectiveness of a national school-based mental health program in Chile. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 54, 799-807.

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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