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Borelli , Jessica

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Education: B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University; Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Child Psychology, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. NIH-sponsored Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Arizona.

Expertise: Developmental Psychopathology; Attachment; Emotion Regulation; Influences of interpersonal relationships in the development of psychopathology; Child Psychology; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Mental Health Issues of Military Families

With Pomona Since: 2009
Office: Lincoln Building 2107
Campus Phone: (909) 607-3757
Email: Jessica.borelli@pomona.edu

Research Interests:

Social relationships play a vital role in maintaining both our emotional and physical well-being. My research program examines the links between close relationships and emotional experience in both adults and children. I am most interested in the specific ways in which parent-child relationships are internalized and influence future patterns of relating and emotionality over the life-span. Specifically, my work examines the influence of early relationships on physiological indices of emotion through an attachment framework. These interests are grounded in a life-span developmental psychopathology perspective, and my work investigates both normative developmental processes as well as psychopathology. Attachment theory offers a compelling lens for understanding the links between early experiences, current relationships, and emotion regulation

Clinical Experience:

I have had clinical experience working with adults, children, and families, and have conducted both individual and group therapy. I have received extensive training in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders in children and adults, and have also worked in the field of pediatric health psychology, focusing on parent-child issues related to child illness.

Recent Courses:

PSYC 131 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 180D Fieldwork in Clinical Psychology
PSYC 051 Psychological Approaches to the Study of People
PSYC 180B Seminar: Clinical Psychology

Selected Publications:

With M.J. Crowley, D.H. David,, D Sbarra, G.M. Anderson, & L.C. Mayes, “Attachment and Emotion in School-aged Children,” in Emotion (forthcoming 2010)

With D.H. David, M.J. Crowley & L.C. Mayes, “Clinical symptoms and attachment classification in school-aged children: Unique risk for children classified as disorganized,” in Journal of Child and Family Studies (forthcoming 2009)

With A. Rifkin-Graboi and M. Bosquet, “Neurobiology of stress in infancy,” in Handbook of Infant Mental Health (C. Zeannah, Ed., 2009)

“The importance of emotion regulation on understanding attachment intersubjectivity: A comment on Lyons-Ruth,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 26, 622-630, 2006

With M.J. Prinstein, “Reciprocal, Longitudinal Associations Among Adolescents’ Negative Feedback-Seeking, Depressive Symptoms, and Peer Relations,” Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 32, 159-169, 2006

With M.J. Prinstein, C.S.L. Cheah, V.A. Simon and J.W. Aikins, “Adolescent girls’ interpersonal vulnerability to depressive symptoms: A longitudinal examination of reassurance-seeking and peer relationships,” Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 676-688, 2005

With D.H. David, “Attachment Theory and Research as a Guide to Psychotherapy Practice,” Journal of Imagination, Cognition, and Personality 23, 257-287, 2004
Selected Awards and Honors:

National Institutes of Health, NRSA Fellowship, principal investigator, “Meaning-making in the context of divorce: Links with emotion regulation,” University of Arizona, Tucson; 2008-2009

International Psychoanalytic Association, Grant Recipient, 2009-2011

National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship 2004-2006

Yale University; Prize Teaching Fellowship, 2005-06; John Perry Miller Fund Grant, 2005-06