Nicholas Allen

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Projects

EC Prism
Technical Assistance to Early Childhood Programs

Publications

Smidt A.
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, (2017)
. 1109 DO SLEEP PARAMETERS MEDIATE THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN CHRONOTYPE AND MENTAL HEALTH?. Sleep , 40(1): A413-A413. 10.1093/sleepj/zsx050.1108

Schmaal L.
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Yücel M.
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Ellis R.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
(2017)
. Brain Structural Signatures of Adolescent Depressive Symptom Trajectories: A Longitudinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 56(7):593-601. 10.1016/j.jaac.2017.05.008

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Horne S.
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O'Brien-Simpson N.M.
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Walsh K.A.
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Reynolds E.C.
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Schwartz O.S.
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Whittle S.
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Simmons J.G.
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Sheeber L.
, (2017)
. Associations between observed parenting behavior and adolescent inflammation two and a half years later in a community sample. Health Psychol, 36(7): 641. 10.1037/hea0000502

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Cook N.
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Simmons J.G.
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Kettle J.W.L.
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Schwartz O.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Whittle S.
, (2017)
. Physiological correlates of emotional reactivity and regulation in early adolescents. Biol Psychol, 127:229-238. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.07.018

Ellis R.E.R.
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Seal M.L.
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Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
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Schwartz O.S.
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. Longitudinal trajectories of depression symptoms in adolescence: psychosocial risk factors and outcomes. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev, 48(4):554-571. 10.1007/s10578-016-0682-z

Garfield J.B.B.
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Cotton S.M.
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Cheetham A.
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Kras M.
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Yücel M.
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Lubman D.I.
(2017)
. Evidence that anhedonia is a symptom of opioid dependence associated with recent use. Drug Alcohol Depend, 177:29-38. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.03.012

Vijayakumar N.
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Dennison M.
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Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
(2017)
. Cortico-amygdalar maturational coupling is associated with depressive symptom trajectories during adolescence. Neuroimage, 156:403-411. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.05.051

Whittle S.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Simmons J.G.
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Dennison M.
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Schwartz O.
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Pantelis C.
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Sheeber L.
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. Role of positive parenting in the association between neighborhood social disadvantage and brain development across adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(8):824-832. 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1558

Mundy L.K.
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Canterford L.
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Tucker D.
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Bayer J.
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Romaniuk H.
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Sawyer S.
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Lietz P.
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Redmond G.
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Proimos J.
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Patton G.
(2017)
. Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioral problems. J Sch Health, 87(8):593-601. 10.1111/josh.12531

Blake M.
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Sheeber L.B.
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Youssef G.
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Raniti M.
, (2017)
. Systematic review and meta-analysis of adolescent cognitive–behavioral sleep interventions. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev, 20(3):227-249. 10.1007/s10567-017-0234-5

Puccio F.
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Fuller-Tyszkiewicz M.
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Youssef G.
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Mitchell S.
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Krug I.
(2017)
. Longitudinal Bi-directional Effects of Disordered Eating, Depression and Anxiety. Eur Eat Disord Rev, 25(5):351-358. 10.1002/erv.2525

Liknaitzky P.
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Smillie L.D.
, (2017)
. Out-of-the-blue: Depressive symptoms are associated with deficits in processing inferential expectancy-violations using a novel cognitive rigidity task. Cognit Ther Res, 41(5): 757–776. 10.1007/s10608-017-9853-x

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Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
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Schwartz O.S.
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Reynolds E.C.
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O'Brien-Simpson N.M.
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Sheeber L.
, (2017)
. Adolescent sympathetic activity and salivary C-reactive protein: The effects of parental behavior. Health Psychol, 36(10): 955-965. 10.1037/hea0000516

Eckstrand K.L.
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Choukas-Bradley S.
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Mohanty A.
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Cross M.
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Silk J.S.
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Jones N.P.
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Forbes E.E.
(2017)
. Heightened activity in social reward networks is associated with adolescents’ risky sexual behaviors. Dev Cogn Neurosci, 27:1-9. 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.07.004

Mundy L.K.
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Canterford L.
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Kosola S.
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Degenhardt L.
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Patton G.C.
(2017)
. Peer victimization and academic performance in primary school children. Acad Pediatr, 17(8):830-836. 10.1016/j.acap.2017.06.012

Callaghan B.L.
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Dandash O.
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Simmons J.G.
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Schwartz O.
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Sheeber L.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2017)
. Amygdala resting connectivity mediates association between maternal aggression and adolescent major depression: a 7-year longitudinal study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 56(11):983-991. 10.1016/j.jaac.2017.09.415

de Haan-Rietdijk S.
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Kuppens P.
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Bergeman C.S.
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Sheeber L.B.
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Hamaker E.L.
(2017)
. On the Use of Mixed Markov Models for Intensive Longitudinal Data. Multivariate Behav Res, 52(6):747-767. 10.1080/00273171.2017.1370364

Viner R.M.
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Patton G.C.
(2017)
. Puberty, Developmental Processes, and Health Interventions. Child and Adolescent Health and Development. 3rd edition, 8: 107-117. 10.1596/978-1-4648-0423-6

Simmons J.G.
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Schwartz O.S.
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Bray K.
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Deane C.
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Pozzi E.
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Richmond S.
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Smith J.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Seal M.L.
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Yap M.B.H.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2017)
. Study protocol: families and childhood transitions study (FACTS) – a longitudinal investigation of the role of the family environment in brain development and risk for mental health disorders in community based children. BMC Pediatr, 17: 153. 10.1186/s12887-017-0905-x

Lubman D.I.
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Cheetham A.
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Jorm A.F.
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Berridge B.J.
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Wilson C.
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Blee F.
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Mckay-Brown L.
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Proimos J.
(2017)
. Australian adolescents’ beliefs and help-seeking intentions towards peers experiencing symptoms of depression and alcohol misuse. BMC Public Health, 17: 658. 10.1186/s12889-017-4655-3

Verma S.
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Trinder J.
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Bei B.
(2017)
. Highs and lows: Naturalistic changes in mood and everyday hassles over school and vacation periods in adolescents. J Adolesc, 61:17-21. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.09.001

Blake M.J.
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Snoep L.
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Raniti M.
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Schwartz O.
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Waloszek J.M.
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Simmons J.G.
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Murray G.
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Blake L.
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Landau E.R.
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Dahl R.E.
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Bootzin R.
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McMakin D.L.
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Dudgeon P.
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Trinder J.
, (2017)
. A cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based group sleep intervention improves behavior problems in at-risk adolescents by improving perceived sleep quality. Behav Res Ther, 99:147-156. 10.1016/j.brat.2017.10.006

Mundy L.K.
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Canterford L.
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Olds T.
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Patton G.C.
(2017)
. The association between electronic media and emotional and behavioral problems in late childhood. Acad Pediatr, 17(6): 620-624. 10.1016/j.acap.2016.12.014

Raniti M.B.
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Schwartz O.
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Waloszek J.M.
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Woods M.J.
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Bei B.
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Nicholas C.L.
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Trinder J.
(2017)
. Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality: Associations With Depressive Symptoms Across Adolescence. Behav Sleep Med, 15(3):198-215. 10.1080/15402002.2015.1120198

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Dahl, R. E.
(2015)
. Multi-level models of internalizing disorders and translational developmental science: Seeking etiological insights that can inform early intervention strategies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(5), 875-883. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-015-0024-9

, (2012). Arrested development? Reconsidering dual-systems models of brain function in adolescence and disorders. Trends in Cognitive Science, 16(6), 322–329. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2012.04.011

Barbosa C.
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J.G. Simmons
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Vijayakumar N.
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Dudgeon P.
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Patton G.C.
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Mundy L.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2018)
. Interaction Between Parenting Styles and Adrenarcheal Timing Associated With Affective Brain Function in Late Childhood. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 57(9): 678-686. 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.05.016

Schwartz O.S.
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Rowell V.J.
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Whittle S.
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Simmons J.G.
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Sheeber L.
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McKenzie V.
, (2018)
. Family meta‐emotion and the onset of major depressive disorder in adolescence: A prospective longitudinal study. Soc Dev, 27(3):526-542. 10.1111/sode.12291

Kettle J.W.L.
, (2018). Facial reactivity and attentional processing of facial expressions and gaze direction. Int J Psychophysiol, 33(4), 254–266. 10.1027/0269-8803/a000227

Williams I.R.
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Rose L.M.
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Raniti M.B.
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Waloszek J.
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Dudgeon P.
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Olsson C.A.
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Patton G.
, (2018)
. The impact of an outdoor adventure program on positive adolescent development: A controlled crossover trial. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 21(2):207-236. 10.1007/s42322-018-0015-8

Blake M.J.
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Trinder J.A.
, (2018)
. Mechanisms underlying the association between insomnia, anxiety, and depression in adolescence: Implications for behavioral sleep interventions. Clin Psychol Rev, 63:25-40. 10.1016/j.cpr.2018.05.006

Cheetham A.
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Whittle S.
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Simmons J.
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Yücel M.
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Lubman D.I.
(2018)
. Amygdala volume mediates the relationship between externalizing symptoms and daily smoking in adolescence: A prospective study. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging, 276:46-52. 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2018.03.007

Sabb F.W.
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Hellemann G.
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Bearden C.E.
(2018)
. Enhanced switching and familial susceptibility for psychosis. Brain Behav, 8(6): e00988. 10.1002/brb3.988

Blake M.J.
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Blake L.M.
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Schwartz O.
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Raniti M.
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Waloszek J.M.
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Murray G.
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Simmons J.G.
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Landau E.
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Dahl R.E.
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McMakin D.L.
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Dudgeon P.
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Trinder J.
, (2018)
. Who benefits from adolescent sleep interventions? Moderators of treatment efficacy in a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based group sleep intervention for at-risk adolescents. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 59(6):637-649. 10.1111/jcpp.12842

Thompson K.N.
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Chong S.
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Chanen A.M.
(2018)
. Affective startle modulation in young people with first-presentation borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Res, 263:166-172. 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.02.049

Ambrosia M.
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Eckstrand K.L.
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Morgan J.K.
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Jones N.P.
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Sheeber L.
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Silk J.S.
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Forbes E.E.
(2018)
. Temptations of friends: adolescents’ neural and behavioral responses to best friends predict risky behavior. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 13(5):483-491. 10.1093/scan/nsy028

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Schwartz O.S.
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Simmons J.G.
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Sheeber L.
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Whittle S.
, (2018)
. Duration of Breastfeeding and Subsequent Adolescent Obesity: Effects of Maternal Behavior and Socioeconomic Status. J Adolesc Health, 62(4):471-479. 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.10.019

Raniti M.B.
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Waloszek J.M.
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Schwartz O.
, ,
Trinder J.
(2018)
. Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in community-based adolescents. Sleep, 41(6). 10.1093/sleep/zsy066

Dahl R.E.
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Wilbrecht L.
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Suleiman A.B.
(2018)
. Importance of investing in adolescence from a developmental science perspective. Nature, 554(7693):441-450. 10.1038/nature25770

Kapungu C.
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Petroni S.
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Brumana L.
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Collins P.Y.
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De Silva M.
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Dua T.
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Haj-Ahmad J.
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Leichner A.
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Patton G.
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Pringle B.
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Omigbodun O.
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Silver K.L.
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Estrin G.L.
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Singh S.
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Zaka N.
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Zeck W.
(2018)
. Gendered influences on adolescent mental health in low-income and middle-income countries: recommendations from an expert convening. Lancet Child Adolesc Health, 2(2):85-86. 10.1016/S2352-4642(17)30152-9

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Simmons J.G.
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Seal M.L.
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Patton G.
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Mundy L.
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Wood L.J.
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Olsson C.A.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2018)
. Brain structural connectivity during adrenarche: Associations between hormone levels and white matter microstructure. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88:70-77. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.11.009

, ,
Laurent H.
(2018)
. Infant HPA axis as a potential mechanism linking maternal mental health and infant telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88:38-46. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.11.008

, ,
Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
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Schwartz O.S.
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O'Brien-Simpson N.M.
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Walsh K.A.
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Reynolds E.C.
, (2018)
. Adolescent temperament dimensions as stable prospective risk and protective factors for salivary C‐reactive protein. Br J Health Psychol, 23(1):186-207. 10.1111/bjhp.12281

Stolar M.N.
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Lech M.
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Stolar S.J.
, (2018)
. Detection of Adolescent Depression from Speech Using Optimised Spectral Roll-Off Parameters. BJSTR, 2: 10. 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.05.001156

Lind M.N.
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Wicks G.
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Smidt A.M.
, (2018)
. The Effortless Assessment of Risk States (EARS) tool: an interpersonal approach to mobile sensing. JMIR Ment Health, 28;5(3):e10334. 10.2196/10334

Rose L.
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Williams I.R.
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Olsson C.A.
, (2018)
. Promoting Adolescent Health and Well-Being Through Outdoor Youth Programs: Results From a Multisite Australian Study. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 10(1): 33-51. 10.18666/JOREL-2018-V10-I1-8087

William I.R.
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Rose L.M.
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Olsson C.A.
,
Patton G.C.
, (2018)
. The impact of outdoor youth programs on positive adolescent development: Study protocol for a controlled crossover trial. Int J Educ Res, 87: 22-35. 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.004

Kaess M.
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Whittle S.
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Simmons J.G.
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Jovev M.
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Chanen A.M.
(2017)
. The interaction of childhood maltreatment, sex, and borderline personality features in the prediction of the cortisol awakening response in adolescents. Psychopathology, 50(3):188-194. 10.1159/000456549

Smith J.D.
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Johnson K.A.
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Whittle S.
, ,
Simmons J.G.
(2019)
. Measurement of cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone, and testosterone in the hair of children: Preliminary results and promising indications. Dev Psychobiol, 61(6):962-970. 10.1002/dev.21807

Colich N.L.
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Platt J.M.
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Keyes K.M.
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Sumner J.A.
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McLaughlin K.A.
(2019)
. Earlier age at menarche as a transdiagnostic mechanism linking childhood trauma with multiple forms of psychopathology in adolescent girls. Psychol Med. 10.1017/S0033291719000953

Whittle S.
,
Simmons J.G.
, (2017)
. Emotion and Gender-Specific Neural Processing in Men and Women. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, 183-201. 10.1016/B978-0-12-803506-1.00013-9

Herting M.M.
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Johnson C.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Dennison M.
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Liu C.
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Goddings A.L.
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Dahl R.E.
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Sowell E.R.
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Whittle S.
, ,
Tamnes C.K.
(2018)
. Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes. Neuroimage, 172:194-205. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.020

Davies B.R.
, (2017). Trauma and homelessness in youth: Psychopathology and intervention. Clin Psychol Rev, 54:17-28. 10.1016/j.cpr.2017.03.005

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Whittle S.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Dennison M.
,
Simmons J.G.
, (2017)
. A systematic review of adrenarche as a sensitive period in neurobiological development and mental health. Dev Cogn Neurosci, 25:12-28. 10.1016/j.dcn.2016.12.004

Schwartz O.
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Simmons J.G.
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Whittle S.
, ,
Yap M.B.H.
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Sheeber L.
, (2017)
. Affective Parenting Behaviors, Adolescent Depression,and Brain Development: A Review of Findings Fromthe Orygen Adolescent Development Study. Child Dev Perspect, 11(2): 90-96. 10.1111/cdep.12215

Flores L.
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Eckstrand K.
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Silk J.
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Ambrosia M.
, ,
Forbes E
(2017)
. 819. Right Temporoparietal Junction Response to Social Reward Moderates the Relation between Naturalistic Emotional Closeness and Positive Affect among Adolescents. Biol Psychiatry, 81(10): S332–S333. 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.02.886

Flores L.E. Jr
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Eckstrand K.L.
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Silk J.S.
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Ambrosia M.
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Healey K.L.
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Forbes E.E.
(2018)
. Adolescents’ neural response to social reward and real-world emotional closeness and positive affect. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci, 18(4):705-717. 10.3758/s13415-018-0598-0

Lubman D.I.
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Garfield J.B.
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Gwini S.M.
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Cheetham A.
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Cotton S.M.
,
Yücel M.
, (2018)
. Dynamic associations between opioid use and anhedonia: A longitudinal study in opioid dependence. J Psychopharmacol, 32(9):957-964. 10.1177/0269881118791741

Richmond S.
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Schwartz O.
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Johnson K.A.
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Seal M.L.
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Bray K.
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Deane C.
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Sheeber L.B.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2018)
. Exploratory Factor Analysis of Observational Parent–Child Interaction Data. Assessment. 10.1177/1073191118796557

Bodner N.
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Kuppens P.
, ,
Sheeber L.B.
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Ceulemans E.
(2018)
. Affective family interactions and their associations with adolescent depression: A dynamic network approach. Dev Psychopathol, 30(4):1459-1473. 10.1017/S0954579417001699

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Long M.M.
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, , , (2018)
. Replication and reproducibility issues in the relationship between C-reactive protein and depression: A systematic review and focused meta-analysis. Brain Behav Immun, 73:85-114. 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.06.016

Bayer J.K.
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Mundy L.
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Stokes I.
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Hearps S.
, ,
Patton G.
(2018)
. Bullying, mental health and friendship in Australian primary school children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 23(4): 334-340. 10.1111/camh.12261

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Simmons J.G.
, ,
Patton G.
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Mundy L.
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Olsson C.A.
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Seal M.L.
, ,
Whittle S.
(In press)
. Associations between adrenarcheal hormones, amygdala functional connectivity and anxiety symptoms in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 97:156-163. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.07.020

Hughes E.K.
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Mundy L.K.
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Romaniuk H.
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Sawyer S.M.
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Wake M.
,
Williams J.
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Olds T.
, ,
Patton G.C.
(2018)
. Body Image Dissatisfaction and the Adrenarchal Transition. J Adolesc Health, 63(5):621-627. 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.05.025

, (2018). Extending the passive-sensing toolbox: using smart-home technology in psychological science. Perspect Psychol Sci, 13(6):718-733. 10.1177/1745691618776008

Kaess M.
,
Whittle S.
,
O'Brien-Simpson L.
, ,
Simmons J.G.
(2018)
. Childhood maltreatment, pituitary volume and adolescent hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis - Evidence for a maltreatment-related attenuation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98:39-45. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.08.004

Landau E.R.
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Trinder J.
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Simmons J.G.
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Raniti M.
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Blake M.
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Waloszek J.M.
,
Blake L.
,
Schwartz O.
,
Murray G.
, , (2019)
. Salivary C-reactive protein among at-risk adolescents: A methods investigation of out of range immunoassay data. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 99:104-111. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.08.035

, (2019). Accuracy of Consumer Wearable Heart Rate Measurement During an Ecologically Valid 24-Hour Period: Intraindividual Validation Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 7(3):e10828. 10.2196/10828

Pozzi E.
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Simmons J.G.
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Bousman C.A.
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Vijayakumar N.
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Bray K.O.
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Dandash O.
,
Richmond S.
,
Schwartz O.
,
Seal M.
,
Sheeber L.
,
Yap M.B.H.
, ,
Whittle S.L.
(2019)
. The Influence of Maternal Parenting Style on the Neural Correlates of Emotion Processing in Children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.01.018

Havighurst S.S.
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Kehoe C.E.
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Harley A.E.
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Johnson A.M.
, ,
Thomas R.L.
(2019)
. Tuning in to Toddlers: Research protocol and recruitment for evaluation of an emotion socialization program for parents of toddlers. Front Psychol, 10: 1054. 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01054

Eckstrand K.L.
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Flores Jr. L.E.
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Cross M.
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Silk J.S.
, ,
Healey K.L.
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Marshal M.P.
,
Forbes E.E.
(2019)
. Social and Non-social Reward Processing and Depressive Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Adolescents. Front Behav Neurosci, 13: 209. 10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00209

Simmons J.G.
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Azpitarte F.
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Roost F.D.
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Dommers E.
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Havighurst S.
,
Haslam N.
(2019)
. Correlates of hair cortisol concentrations in disadvantaged young children. Stress Health, 35(1):104-111. 10.1002/smi.2842

Kettle J.W.L.
, (2019). Attentional processing of facial expressions and gaze direction in depression and first-episode psychosis as reflected by LPP modulation. Clin. Neuropsychiatry, 16(1): 3-16.

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Dudgeon P.
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Yap M.B.H.
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Simmons J.G.
, ,
Schwartz O.S.
, ,
Whittle S.
, (2019)
. Factor Structure of the Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire–Revised. Assessment. 10.1177/1073191119831789

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Simmons J.G.
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Patton G.
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Mundy L.
, ,
Seal M.L.
, ,
Whittle S.
(2019)
. Adrenarcheal Timing Longitudinally Predicts Anxiety Symptoms via Amygdala Connectivity During Emotion Processing. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.04.018

Ogeil R.P.
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Cheetham A.
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Mooney A.
, ,
Schwartz O.
, ,
Simmons J.G.
,
Whittle S.
,
Lubman D.I.
(2019)
. Early adolescent drinking and cannabis use predicts later sleep-quality problems. Psychol Addict Behav, 33(3):266-273. 10.1037/adb0000453

Stewart J.G.
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Research Interests and Publications

Throughout the lifespan there are certain developmental transitions that appear to be particularly important for determining a person’s mental health. The transition from childhood to adolescence is especially important, as many serious mental health problems, such as depression and substance abuse, emerge for the first time during or after this transition. In my research group, we use a developmental psychopathology approach to understand how children and adolescents are affected by the environments in which they grow up. We have especially focused on how family interactions and other aspects of the child’s environment that have been shown to increase risk for mental health problems (e.g., stress, abuse, socio-economic disadvantage) influence the child or adolescent’s emotional functioning and the development of the biological systems that undergird these emotions. The aim of this work is to not only shed light on the underlying causes of mental health and ill-health during these stages of life, but also to inform developmentally targeted approaches to prevention and early intervention, including studies focusing on sleep, parenting, and teen sexual and romantic relationships as modifiable risk factors for poor mental health. Through the Center for Digital Mental Health our work focuses on using mobile and wearable devices, and social media, to unobtrusively track and analyze behavior in order to detect mental health needs and provide adaptive, personalized interventions exactly when users need them.

Dr. Allen will not be accepting new doctoral students for Fall 2021.

Selected publications

Selected Books:

Allen, N.B. & Sheeber, L.B. (2008). Adolescent emotional development and the emergence of depressive disorders. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Woods, S., Allen, N.B., & Pantelis, C. (2009). The neuropsychology of mental illness. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

Selected Refereed Journal Articles:

Dahl, R.E., Allen, N.B., Wilbrecht, L. & Suleiman, A.B. (2018). Importance of investing in adolescence from a developmental science perspective. Nature, 554 (7693), 441-450.

Whittle, S., Vijayakumar, N., Simmons, J.G., Dennison, M., Schwartz, O.S., Pantelis, C., Sheeber, L., Byrne, M.L., & Allen, N.B. (2017). Role of positive parenting in the association between neighborhood social disadvantage and brain development across adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry, 74 (8), 824-832. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1558.

Patton, G.C., Sawyer, S.M., Santelli, J.S., Ross, D.A., Afifi, R., Allen, N.B., ... & Viner, R. (2016). Our future: A Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing. The Lancet, 387 (10036), 2423-2478.

Blake, M.J., Waloszek, J., Schwartz, O., Raniti, M., Simmons, J.G., Blake, L., Murray, G.W., Dahl, R., Bootzin, R., Dudgeon, P., Trinder, J., & Allen, N.B. (2016). The SENSE Study: Post intervention effects of a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based group sleep improvement intervention among at-risk adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 4(12), 1039-1051.

Schwartz, O.S., Byrne, M.L., Simmons, J.G., Whittle, S., Dudgeon, P., Yap, M.B.H., Sheeber, L.B., & Allen, N.B. (2014). Parenting during early adolescence and adolescent onset Major Depression: A six-year prospective longitudinal study. Clinical Psychological Science, 2(3), 272-286.

Pfeifer, J. H., & Allen, N. B. (2012). Arrested development? Reconsidering dual-systems models of brain function in adolescence and disorders. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(6), 322–329.

Kuppens, P., Allen, N.B. & Sheeber, L. (2010). Emotional inertia and psychological maladjustment. Psychological Science, 21, 984-991.

Yap, M.B.H., Whittle, S., Yücel, M., Sheeber, L., Pantelis, C., Simmons, J., & Allen, N.B. (2008). Interaction of parenting experiences and brain structure in the prediction of depressive symptoms in adolescents. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65, 1377-1385.

Whittle, S., Yap, M.B.H., Yücel, M., Fornito, A., Barrett, A., Sheeber, L., & Allen, N.B. (2008). Prefrontal and amygdala volumes are related to adolescents’ affective behaviors during parent adolescent interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(9), 3652-3657. 

Davey, C.D., Yücel, M. & Allen, N.B. (2008). The emergence of depression in adolescence: Development of the prefrontal cortex and the representation of reward. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 32, 1-19.

Allen, N.B., & Badcock, P.B.T. (2003). The social risk hypothesis of depressed mood: Evolutionary, psychosocial, and neurobiological perspectives. Psychological Bulletin, 129, 887-913.

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