Named Professorships

Kristin Valentino

Kristin Valentino

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Valentino is a William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology and is director of the Development & Psychopathology Research Lab.  Dr. Valentino is interested in how the integration of biological, psychological and environmental factors can inform our understanding of the development of memory and self among maltreated children. In addition, Dr. Valentino is interested in the translation of developmental research into interventions for maltreated children and their families.

Dr. Valentino utilizes a multiple-levels-of analysis approach towards the study of child development and child psychopathology.  Her empirical research has been published in several premier research journals including Child Development, Development & Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.  Additionally, Dr. Valentino has made important theoretical contributions to the field of Developmental Psychopathology, including co-authoring chapters in Developmental Psychopathology, 3rd Ed., and most recently, the Handbook of Child Psychology, 7th Ed.

Dr. Valentino received an A.B. in Psychology with minors in Cognitive Science and Biology from Georgetown University.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester.  As a postdoctoral fellow at Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Valentino trained at the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence and specialized in the development of empirically supported treatments for child traumatic stress.  Additionally, as a Zigler Fellow, Dr. Valentino was trained on the translation of basic research into social policy for children.   She is the recipient of several awards for her research and leadership.


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The William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology was established in 2008 by Bill Shaw, a 1967 Notre Dame graduate and member of the University’s Board of Trustees. The Shaw Center brings scholars together to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in support of healthy development across the human lifespan. This is one of two Shaw professorships supporting the Center.