Dr. Zalewski is interested in risk factors that predict the development of emotion regulation in children. She examines the development of emotion regulation in children whose parents struggle with psychopathology. Specifically, she focuses on mothers with symptoms of borderline personality disorder, as many of these individuals struggle with emotion dysregulation and have childhood trauma histories. Dr. Zalewski's lab uses multimethod assessment tools such as observational coding, physiological recording (HPA-axis and parasympathetic measures), and subjective self-report tools.
Furthermore, Dr. Zalewski is formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence based approach to treating individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other disorders involving high emotional dysregulation. Her lab is currently completing a 5 year clinical trial on DBT Skills for mothers of preschool aged children. She also supervises a DBT Skills practicum at the University of Oregon Psychology Training Clinic.
Dr. Zalewski will not be accepting new doctoral students for Fall 2021.
Selected publications (*student):
*Binion, G., & Zalewski, M. (Accepted). Maternal emotion dysregulation and the functional organization of preschooler's emotional expressions and regulatory behaviors. Emotion.
*Martin, C.G., *Roos, L.E., Zalewski, M., & *Cummins, N. (2016). A dialectical behavior therapy skills group case study on mothers with severe emotion dysregulation. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
Zalewski, M., Lengua, L.J., Thompson, S.F., & Kiff, C.J. (2016). Income, cumulative risk and longitudinal profiles of dysregulated HPA-axis activity in preschool-age children. Development and Psychopathology, 1-13.
Zalewski, M., & Lengua, L.J. Extending research on parenting in mothers diagnosed with BPD: Commentary on Stepp et al. (2012). Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3(1), 101-103.
Zalewski, M., Lengua, L.J., Long, A.C., Bazinet, A. & Trancik, A. (2011). Emotion regulation profiles, temperament, and adjustment problems in pre-adolescents. Child Development, 82(3), 951-966.
Kiff, C.J., Lengua, L.J., & Zalewski, M. (2011). Nature and nurture: parenting in the context of child temperament individual differences. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14, 251-301.