College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

Dante Cicchetti

  • Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Professor Emeritus

Dante Cicchetti

Areas of interest

Adolescents and youth, Adulthood, Alcohol and brain development, Culture, Cross-culture, Developmental neuroscience, Early childhood, Executive function, Genetics and epigenetics, High-risk populations, Hormones and behavior, Infancy, Infant and early childhood mental health, Lifespan, Prenatal, Prevention and intervention, Relationships (peer, parent, and romantic partner), Resilience, Social and emotional development, Stress and maltreatment, Vulnerable populations, Serious mental disorders - Bipolar & Schizophrenia


PhD, 1977, University of Minnesota


Cicchetti holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and is the research director at the university’s Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR). Before joining ICD, Cicchetti was the Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, N.Y. Cicchetti received a doctorate in clinical psychology and child development from the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology and the Institute of Child Development in 1977. He was on the faculty of Harvard University where he served as the Norman Tishman Associate Professor of Psychology until he left for the University of Rochester in 1985, where he directed Mt. Hope Family Center for over 20 years. In 1983, shortly after beginning his faculty position at Harvard, Cicchetti received the Boyd McCandless Award for his early distinguished contributions to the field of Developmental Psychology. In 1999, he received both the APA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Clinical Child Psychology Award and the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Significant Contributions to Child Advocacy and Social Policy. He also received the APA Senior Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (2004). Finally, he has received three of the highest honors of the Developmental Division of the APA: the G. Stanley Hall Award for Significant Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology (2005); the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society (2006); and the Mentorship Award (2008).  In addition, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development and was bestowed the honor of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), both in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and the Association for Psychological Science’s 2014 James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research. In 2015 Cicchetti was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Recently, Cicchetti received the APA’s highest scientific award, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 2019.


Professor Cicchetti's major research interests lie in the formulation of an integrative developmental theory that can account for both normal and abnormal forms of ontogenesis. His work has several foci: 1) a multiple levels of analysis developmental psychopathology perspective; 2) the developmental consequences of child maltreatment; 3) neural plasticity and sensitive periods; 4) the impact of traumatic experiences upon brain development; 5) the biology and psychology of unipolar and bipolar mood disorders; 6) the study of attachment relations and representational models of the self and its disorders across the life span; 7) multilevel perspectives on resilience; 8) multilevel evaluations of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) interventions for depressed and maltreated children and adolescents; and 9) epigenetics.


In Press

Cicchetti, D. (in press). Studying Psychopathology in Early Life: Foundations of Developmental Psychopathology. In A. G. C. Wright & M. N. Hallquist (Eds). Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Cambridge University Press.

Denckla, C. A., Cicchetti, D., Kubzansky, L. D., Seedat, S., Teicher, M., Williams, D. R. & Koenen, K. C. (in press). Interdisciplinary perspectives on psychological resilience: Review of progress, a critical appraisal, and research recommendations. The European Journal of Psychotraumatology.

Ehrlich, K. B., Miller, G. E., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Maltreatment exposure across childhood and low-grade inflammation: Considerations of cumulative exposure, timing, and sex differences. Developmental Psychobiology.

Guild, D. J., Alto, M. E., Handley, E. D., Rogosch, F. A., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (in press). Attachment and affect between depressed mothers and their children: Longitudinal outcomes of Child Parent Psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Howland M. A. & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Gestational Stress and Resilience: Perspectives to Guide Interdisciplinary Research. In A. Wazana, T. Oberlander, & E. Székely (Eds). Prenatal Stress and Child Development. Springer.

Toth, S. L., Handley, E. D., Manly, J. T., Sturm, R., Adams, T. R., Demeusy, E. M. & Cicchetti, D. (in press). The Moderating Role of Child Maltreatment in Treatment Efficacy for Adolescent Depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Van Zomeren, A., Zhang, J. Lee, S, Gunlicks-Stoessel, M., Piehler, T. & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Maltreatment Timing, HPA Axis Functioning, Multigenic Risk, and Depressive Symptoms in African American Youth: Differential Associations without Moderated Mediation. Development and Psychopathology. 32(5)

Warmingham, J, Handley, E. D., Russotti, J., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Childhood attention and maltreatment experiences predict decision making performance in emerging adulthood. Developmental Psychology.


Adams, T. R., Handley, E. D. Warmingham, J. M, Toth, S. L., Manly, J. T., Cicchetti, D. & Toth, S. L. (2020).  Patterns of dating violence moderate the effect of child maltreatment on suicide risk among socioeconomically disadvantaged depressed minority adolescents. Journal of Family Violence. Published online 4.21.20.  doi:10.1007/s10896-020-00153-5v

Russotti, J., Handley, E. D., Rogosch, F. A., Toth, S. L., & Cicchetti, D. (2020). The interactive effects of child maltreatment and adolescent pregnancy on late-adolescent depressive symptoms.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48, 1223-1237.

Van Meter, F., Handley, E. D., & Cicchetti, D. (2020).  The role of coping strategies in the pathway between child maltreatment and internalizing and externalizing behaviors.  Child Abuse and Neglect, Jan 11;101:104323. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104323.


Adams, T. R., Handley, E., Manly, J. T., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2019). Intimate partner violence as a mechanism underlying the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment among economically disadvantaged mothers and their adolescent daughters. Development and Psychopathology. 31(1). 83-93.

Allen, T. A., Oshri, A., Rogosch, F., Toth, S.L. & Cicchetti, D. (2019).  Offspring personality mediates the association between maternal depression and childhood psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47(2), 345-357.

Beauchaine, T. & Cicchetti, D. (Eds) (2019). Emotion Dysregulation and Emerging Psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology. 31(3). 799-1201

Allen, T. A., Oshri, A., Rogosch, F., Toth, S.L. & Cicchetti, D. (2019).  Offspring personality mediates the association between maternal depression and childhood psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47(2), 345-357.

Beauchaine, T. & Cicchetti, D. (Eds) (2019). [Special Issue].  Emotion Dysregulation and Emerging Psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology. 31(3).

Cicchetti, D. & Handley, E. D. (2019). Child Maltreatment and the development of substance use and disorder. Neurobiology of Stress, 10, 1-9.

Demers, L. A., Handley, E. D., Hunt, R. H., Rogosch, F. A., Toth, S. L., Thomas, K. M. & Cicchetti, D. (2019).  Childhood maltreatment disrupts brain-mediated pathways between adolescent maternal relationship quality and positive adult outcomes. Child Maltreatment. 24(4), 424-434. doi: 10.1177/1077559519847770.

DePasquale, C. E., Handley, E. D., & Cicchetti, D. (2019).  Investigating Multi-level Pathways of Developmental Consequences of Maltreatment. Development and Psychopathology, 31(4), 1227-1236.    doi: 10.1017/S0954579418000834

Handley, E. D., Warmingham, J., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2019).  Infancy onset maltreatment and the development of suicide ideation: An investigation of moderation by oxytoicn-related gene polymorphisms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 257, 421-427.

Palmer, A. R, Lakhan-Pal, S, & Cicchetti, D. (2019). Emotional Development and Depression. In V. LoBue, K. Perez-Edgar & K. Buss (Eds). Handbook of Emotional Development, pp. 695-748. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


Almy, B. & Cicchetti, D. (Ed), (2018). Developmental Cascades. In M. Bornstein (Ed.). Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Causadias, J. & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2018). Cultural Development and Psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology. 30(5). 1549-2027

Cicchetti, D. (2018). A multilevel developmental approach to the prevention of psychopathology in children and adolescents. In J. N. Butcher, J. Hooley & P. D. Kendall (Eds.). APA Handbook of Psychopathology. pp 37-53. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Doom, J. R. & Cicchetti, D. (2018). The Developmental Psychopathology of stress exposure in childhood. In E. P. Hayden & K. Harkness (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Stress and Mental Health. Oxford University Press. Online Publication: Nov. 2018. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190681777.013.12

Doyle, C. M. & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2018). Developmental origins of psychopathology: Mechanisms, processes, and pathways linking the prenatal environment to postnatal outcomes. Development and Psychopathology, 30(3). 721-1196.

Doyle, C. M. & Cicchetti, D. (2018).  Future directions in prenatal stress research:  Challenges and opportunities related to advancing our understanding of prenatal developmental origins of risk for psychopathology.  Development and Psychopathology, 30(3), 721-724. doi: 10.1017/S095457941800069X

Handley, E. D., Adams, T., Manly, J. T., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2018).  Mother-daughter interpersonal processes underlying the association between child maltreatment and adolescent suicidal ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,49(5). 1232-1240 

Hostinar, C. E. & Cicchetti, D. (2018). Emotion Dysregulation and Internalizing Spectrum Disorders. In T. P. Beauchaine & S. E. Crowell (Eds). Oxford Handbook of Emotion Dysregulation. Oxford University Press.  Online Publication: March 2018.  DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190689285.013.18


Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (2017). Biological and behavioral effects of early adversity on multiple levels of development. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), pp.1517-1986.

Cicchetti, D., & Handley, E. D. (2017). Methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) in maltreated and nonmaltreated children: Associations with behavioral undercontrol, emotional lability/negativity, and externalizing and internalizing symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), 1795-1806. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417001407.

Cicchetti D., & Toth, S. L. (2017). Using the Science of Developmental Psychopathology to Inform Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. In A, E, Kazdin & J. R. Weisz (Eds). Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents, pp 484-500. The Guilford Press.

Doyle, C., & Cicchetti, D. (2017). From the cradle to the grave: The effects of adverse caregiving environments on attachment relationships throughout the lifespan. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12192

Roisman, G. I. & Cicchetti, D. & (Eds.) (2017). Attachment in the Context of Atypical Caregiving: Harnessing Insights from a Developmental Psychopathology Perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 29(2), 331-684.


Cicchetti, D. (2016). A multilevel developmental psychopathology systems perspective on depression. In T. Frodl (Ed.), Systems Neuroscience in Depression, pp. 3-28. San Diego: Elsevier: Academic Press.

Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (2016). Developmental Psychopathology (Vol. 1-4), 3rd ed.). New York: Wiley.

Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (2016). Epigenetics: Development, Psychopathology, Resilience, and Preventive Intervention. [Special Section]. Development and Psychopathology, 28(4 part 2), 1217-1384.

Cicchetti, D. (2016). Socioemotional, Personality, and Biological Development: Illustrations from a multilevel developmental psychopathology perspective on child maltreatment. Annual Review of Psychology, 67: 187-211. doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-122414-033259

Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., Rogosch, F.A., Handley, E.D., & Toth, S.L. (2016). Genome-wide DNA methylation in 1-year-old infants of mothers with major depressive disorder. Development and Psychopathology, 28(4 part 2), 1413-1420. doi: 10.1017/S0954579416000912

Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., Rogosch, F.A, Handley, E.D., & Toth, S.L. (2016). An investigation of child maltreatment and epigenetic mechanisms of mental and physical health risk. Development and Psychopathology, 28(4 part 2), 1305-1318. doi: 10.1017/S0954579416000869

Masten, A. S. & Cicchetti, D. (2016). Resilience in Development: Progress and Transformation. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology (Vol. 4, Risk, Resilience, and Intervention, 3rd ed.) (pp. 271-333). New York: Wiley.

Thibodeau, E. L., August, G. J., Cicchetti, D., & Symons, F. J. (2016). Application of environmental sensitivity theories in personalized prevention for youth substance abuse: A transdisciplinary translational perspective. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(1), 81-89. doi:10.1007/s13142-015-0374-4 PMCID: PMC4807189


Cicchetti, D., Handley, E. D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2015). Child maltreatment, inflammation, and internalizing symptoms: Investigating the roles of C-Reactive Protein, gene variation and neuroendocrine regulation. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 553-66. PMCID: PMC443869

Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2015). Child Maltreatment.  In M. Lamb (Ed.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, 7th ed., Vol. 3: Socioemotional process. (pp. 513-63). New York: Wiley.

Cicchetti, D., Toth, S. L., & Handley, E. D. (2015). Genetic moderation of interpersonal psychotherapy efficacy for low-income mothers with major depressive disorder: Implications for differential susceptibility. Development and Psychopathology. 27(1), 19-35. PMCID: PMC4381349

Jedd, K., Hunt, R.H., Cicchetti, D., Hunt, E., Rogosch, F., Toth, S., & Thomas, K.M. (2015). Long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment: Altered amygdala functional connectivity. Development and Psychopathology, 27(4pt2), 1577-1589. PMCID: PMC4635964

Toth, S.L., Sturge-Apple, M.L., Rogosch, F.A., & Cicchetti, D. (2015). Mechanisms of Change: Testing how Preventative Interventions Impact Psychological and Physiological Stress Functioning in Mothers in Neglectful Families. Development and Psychopathology, 27(4pt2), 1661-1674. doi:10.1017/s0954579415001017 PMCID: PMC4786073

Vachon, D. D., Krueger, R. F., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2015). Assessment of the harmful psychiatric and behavioral effects of different forms of child maltreatment. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(11), 1135-1142. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1792. PMCID: PMC4699442


Cicchetti, D. & Murray-Close, D. (Eds.) (2014). The Legacy of Dr. Nicki R. Crick. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 557-877.


Cicchetti, D. (2013). Annual Research Review: Resilient functioning in maltreated children—past, present, and future perspectives. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 402-422. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02608.x PMCID: PMC3514621

Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (2013). 25th Anniversary Special Issue - Development and Psychopathology: A vision realized. Development and Psychopathology 25(4pt2), 1199-1653. doi:10.1017/S0954579413000552

Curtis, W. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Affective facial expression processing in 15 month-old infants who have experienced maltreatment: An event-related potential study. Child Maltreatment, 18, 140-154. doi:10.1177/1077559513487944 PMCID: PMC4162637

Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2013). The genetic precursors and the advantageous and disadvantageous sequelae of inhibited temperament: An evolutionary perspective. Developmental Psychology, 49, 2285-2300. doi: 10.1037/a0032312 PMCID: PMC4137487

Kim-Spoon, J., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). A longitudinal study of emotion regulation, emotion lability/negativity, and internalizing symptomatology in maltreated and nonmaltreated children. Child Development, 84, 297-312. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01857.x PMCID: PMC3794707

Toth, S. L., Gravener-Davis, J. A., Guild, D. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Relational interventions for child maltreatment: Past, present, & future perspectives. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4pt2), 1601-1617. doi:10.1017/S0954579413000795 PMCID: PMC4063316


Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Toth, S. L., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2011). Normalizing the development of cortisol regulation in maltreated infants through preventive interventions. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 789-800. doi:10.1017/s0954579411000307 PMCID: PMC4191893

Toth, S. L., Pickreign Stronach, E., Rogosch, F. A., Caplan, R., & Cicchetti, D. (2011). Illogical thinking and thought disorder in maltreated children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50, 659-668. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2011.03.002


Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Gunnar, M. R., & Toth, S. L. (2010). The differential impacts of early abuse on internalizing problems and diurnal cortisol activity in school-aged children. Child Development, 25, 252-269. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01393.x PMCID: PMC2846099.

Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Howe, M. L., & Toth, S. L. (2010). The effects of maltreatment on neuroendocrine regulation and memory performance. Child Development, 81(5), 1504-1519. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01488.x. PMCID: PMC2941227.


Cicchetti, D., & Curtis, W. J. (2008).  Maltreatment, event-related potentials, and memory.  In M. L., G. S. Goodman, & D. Cicchetti, (Eds.), Stress, trauma, and children’s memory development: Neurobiological, cognitive, clinical, and legal perspectives (pp.83-136).  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Cicchetti, D., & Gunnar, M. R. (2008). Integrating biological processes into the design and evaluation of preventive interventions. Development and Psychopathology, 20(3), 737-743. doi:10.1017/s0954579408000357 PMID: 18606029

Cicchetti, D. & Thomas, K. (2008). Imaging brain systems in normality and psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 20(4), 1023-1027. doi:10.1017/s0954579408000485 PMID: 18838029 PMCID: PMC3556908


Cicchetti, D., & Curtis, W. J. (2006). The developing brain and neural plasticity: Implications for normality, psychopathology, and resilience. In D. Cicchetti & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Developmental neuroscience (Vol. 2, 2nd ed., pp. 1-64). New York: Wiley.

Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Toth, S. L. (2006).  Fostering secure attachment in infants in maltreating families through preventive interventions. Development and Psychopathology, 18(3), 623-649. doi:10.1017/S0954579406060329 PMID: 17152394


Curtis, W. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2003). Moving research on resilience into the 21st century: Theoretical and methodological considerations in examining the biological contributors to resilience. Development and Psychopathology, 15, 773-810. doi: 10.1017/S0954579403000373


Cicchetti, D. (2002). The impact of social experience on neurobiological systems: Illustration from a constructivist view of child maltreatment. Cognitive Development, 17, 1407-1428. doi: 10.1016/S0885-2014(02)00121-1

Cicchetti, D. (2002). How a child builds a brain: Insights from normality and psychopathology. In W. Hartup & R. Weinberg (Eds.), Minnesota symposia on child psychology: Child psychology in retrospect and prospect (Vol. 32, pp. 23-71). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.