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Dr. Brown uses a developmental psychopathology framework to: (1) understand how interpersonal relationships influence victimized children’s risk for developing adverse socioemotional outcomes and (2) elucidate biopsychosocial factors that influence treatment outcomes for victimized children.
Dr. Brown received her PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development where she specialized in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science. She completed her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Prior to her graduate training, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Educational Studies.
My research uses a developmental psychopathology framework to assess how multiple
systems interact to inform typical and atypical developmental trajectories among children
and adolescents in efforts to identify pathways that determine adaptive or maladaptive
functioning. I employ multi-method (e.g., observational and self-report), multi-reporter,
and multi-level assessments (e.g., psychophysiological regulation), to conduct this
work. The ultimate goal of my research is to translate my findings into evidence-based
interventions with victimized children in order to promote resilient functioning following
experiences of adversity.
Specifically, my research agenda focuses on:
- Understanding how interpersonal relationships influence victimized children’s risk
for developing adverse socioemotional outcomes with a particular emphasis on how maltreated
adolescents’ friendship experiences influence their risk for later psychopathology
- Elucidating biopsychosocial factors (e.g., psychophysiological dysregulation, caregiver
trauma history) that influence treatment outcomes for victimized children who are
engaged in evidence-based interventions such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
- Investigating the trauma conferring impact of adverse police interactions on Black youth and the culturally relevant processes that may modulate how youth negotiate these adverse experiences.
My research has received past funding from the National Science Foundation and the Society for Research in Child Development. I am currently funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
*previous publications under name “Desir, M.P.”
Allen, E., Desir, M. P., & Shenk, C. (2021). Child maltreatment and adolescent externalizing behavior: Examining peer relationships as a mediator. Child Abuse & Neglect, 111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104796
Desir, M. P. & Karatekin, C. (2020). Interpersonal factors influencing risk for revictimization in two samples of young adults. Journal of Child Custody, 17(2), 89-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/26904586.2020.1751015
Desir, M. P. & Karatekin, C. (2019). Characteristics of disclosing childhood victimization and risk for revictimization in young adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519889932
Desir, M. P. & Karatekin, C. (2018). Parent- and sibling-directed aggression in children of domestic violence victims. Violence and Victims, 33(5), 886-901. https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00219