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(+denotes publications with mentored graduate or undergraduate student or postdoctoral trainee)

2024   +Elvin, O., Modecki, K.L., & Waters, A. (2024). An expanded conceptual framework for understanding irritability in childhood: The role of cognitive control processes. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

2024   +Speechley, M., Stuart, J. & Modecki, K.L. (2024). It starts with a feeling: A novel, contemporary framework of diverse gender identity development. Sex Roles

2024     Scott, R., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Gardner, A., Hawes, T., Modecki, K., Duffy, A., Farrell, L. & Waters, A. (2024). Daily use of digital technologies to feel better: Considering prior emotional problems. Journal of Adolescence.

2023    Waters, A. M., Gibson, L., Sluis, R. A., & Modecki, K. L. (2023). Using nightly sleep guidelines to address links between adolescents’ self-reported weekly sleep patterns and anxiety and depression symptoms. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.


2023    Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Modecki, K.L, Duffy, A., Hawes, T., Farrell, L., Waters, A., +Gardner, A, Shum, D., & Skinner, E. (2023). A Pattern-centered analysis of adolescents’ concerns and hopes about future crises: Differences in ways of coping and personal adjustment. Journal of Adolescence

2023    Hamiliton, K., +Phipps, D., Loxton, N., Modecki, K.L., & Hagger, M. (2023). Reciprocal relations between past behavior, implicit beliefs, and habits: A cross-lagged panel design. Journal of Health Psychology

2022   Modecki, K.L., Ryan, K, & Waters, A. (2022). Fear learning and extinction predicts anxiety in daily life: A study of Pavlovian conditioning and ecological momentary assessments. Psychological Medicine.

2022   Modecki, K.L., +Phipps, D., +Cox, A., Loxton, N., Hamilton, K., +Caton, N., & +Elwin, M.  (2022). Unravelling reciprocal effects among young adults’ binge drinking, stress, and anticipated regret. Addictive Behaviors. 

2022   +Elvin, O., Modecki, K.M., & Waters, A. (2022). The feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of positive search training for irritable Youth: A single-case experimental design. Behaviour Therapy.

2022   Waters, A., Sluis, R., Ryan, K., Usher, W., Farrell, L., Donovan, C., Modecki, K.L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Castle, M., & Hinchey, J. 

(2022). Evaluating the multi-technology delivery of a mental health and wellbeing system of care within a youth sports development program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behaviour Therapy.

2022   Waters, A., Sluis, R., Usher, W., Farrell, L., Donovan, C., Modecki, K.L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Castle, M., & Hinchey, J. 

(2022). Kick-starting youth wellbeing and access to mental health care: Efficacy of an integrated model of care within a junior sports development program. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

2022   +Elvin, O., Modecki, K.M., & Waters, A. (2022). Does irritability predict attention biases toward threat among clinically-anxious youth?European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.


2022  Modecki, K.L., Goldberg, R., Wisniewski, P., & Orben, A. (2022). What is digital parenting? A systematic review of past measurement and blueprint for the future. Perspectives on Psychological Science.  


2021  Modecki, K.L., +Duvenage, M., Uink, B., Barber, B., & Donovan, C. (2021). Adolescents’ online coping: when less is more, but none is worse. Clinical Psychological Science.  


2021  Modecki, K.L., Low-Choy, S., Vasco, D., Vernon. L., & Uink. B. (2021). Smartphone use and parenting: re-stratifying the multiverse for families of young children. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.  

2021  +Masters, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Farrell, L. & Modecki, K.L. (2021). Coping and emotion regulation in response to social stress tasks among young adolescents with and without Social Anxiety. Applied Developmental Science. 

2021  Waters, A.M., Sluis, R.A., Farrell, L., Donovan, C., +Elvin, O., Rossow, N, van den Muyzenberg, J., +Dowell, T., Ryan, K., Finch, J., Usher, W., Modecki, K.L, Zimmer-Gembeck, M., & Spence, S. (2021) Examining the feasibility, efficacy and acceptability of the implementation of an integrated mental health and wellbeing system of care for young people. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.


2021  +Duncan, N., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Gardner, A., & Modecki, K.L. (2021). Resilient responding: Decentering and associations with coping self-efficacy and flexibility, and interpersonal stress and coping responses. Personality & Individual Differences. 

2021  +Elvin, O., Modecki, K.L., Finch, J., Donnolle, K., Farrell, L., & Waters, A. (2021). Joining the pieces in childhood irritability: Distinct typologies predict conduct, depressive, and anxiety symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy.  (co-corresponding author)


2020  Modecki, K.L. (2020) Not just doing time. Distinct typologies of attitudes and emotions among juvenile justice involved youth.

American Journal of Community Psychology.    

2020  Modecki, K.L, Low-Choy, S., Uink, B., Vernon. L., & Correia, H. (2020). Tuning into the real effect of smartphone use on parenting: A multiverse analysis. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.    

2020  +Dowell, T., Waters, A., Usher, W., Farrell, L., Donovan, C., Modecki, K.L. Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Castle, M., & Hinchey, J. (2020). Tackling mental health in youth sporting programs: A pilot study of a holistic program. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.    


2020  +Gardener, A., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., & Modecki, K.L (2020). A longitudinal model of rejection sensitivity and internalizing symptoms: Testing emotion regulation deficits as a mechanism and outcome of symptoms. Journal of Personality.

2020   Modecki, K.L., +Murphy, L., Waters, A. (2020). Exposure to violence and neglect images differentially influence fear learning and extinction. Biological Psychology, 151.

2020  +Duvenage, M., Correia, H., Uink, B., Barber, B., Donovan, C. Modecki, K.L, (2020). Technology can sting when reality bites: Adolescents’ frequent online coping ineffective with momentary stress. Computers in Human Behavior. (corresponding author)

2019   Modecki, K.L., Goldberg, R., Ehrenreich, S., Russell, M., & Bellmore, A. (2019). The practicalities and perils of ambulatory assessment’s promise: Introduction to a special section. Journal of Research on Adolescence, (29)3, 542-550.

2019   +Tatnell, D., Loxton, N., Modecki, K.L., & Hamilton, K. (2019). Testing a model of reward sensitivity, implicit and explicit drinker identity and hazardous drinking. Psychology & Health. 

2019   +Duvenage, M.+Uink, B., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Barber, B.L., Donovan, C., & Modecki, K.L. (2019). Ambulatory assessment of adolescent coping: It’s a complicated process. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 29(3), 578-594. (corresponding author)

2019   Hagan, M., Modecki, K.L., Moctezuma, L., Luecken, L., Wolchik, S. & Sandler, I. (2019). Binge drinking in adolescence predicts attenuated cortisol reactivity in young adulthood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 100, 137-144.

2018   Modecki, K.L., +Blomfield-Niera, C., & Barber, B.L. (2018). Finding what fits: Breadth of participation at the transition to high school mitigates declines in self-concept. Developmental Psychology, 54(10), 1954-1970  First and second authors contributed equally.

2018   +Uink, B., Modecki, K.L., Barber, B.L., Correia, H. (2018). Disadvantaged adolescents with elevated externalizing show heightened emotional reactivity to daily stress: An experience sampling study. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(5). 741-756.

2018   +Vernon, Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (2018). Mobile phones in the bedroom: Trajectories of sleep habits and subsequent adolescent psychosocial development. Child Development, 89(1), 66-77.

2017    Modecki, K.L., & Mazza, G. (2017) Are we making the most of ecological momentary assessment data? A comment on Richardson, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, O'Donnell, Ling, & Staiger, 2017. Health Psychology Review, 11(3), 295-297.

2017  +Uink, B., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B. (2017). Disadvantaged youth are less emotionally reactive to minor stressors when with peers: An experience sampling study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41(4), 41-51 

2017  +Drane, C., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (2017).  Disentangling development of sensation seeking, risky peers, and binge drinking in adolescent sport. Addictive Behaviors. 66, 60-65.

2017   Modecki, K.L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M., & Guerra, N. (2017). Emotion regulation, coping and decision-making: Three linked skills for preventing externalizing problems in adolescence. Child Development, 88(2)

2017   +Vernon, Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (2017). Tracking effects of problematic social networking on adolescent psychopathology: The mediating role of sleep disruptions.  Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46(2), 269-283.


2016   Centifanti, M. L., Modecki, K.L., Wolf, S., & Gowling, H. (2016). Driving under the influence of risky peers: An experimental study of adolescent risk taking. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(1), 207-222.

2016   +McCabe, K., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (2016). Can activity settings protect against adolescents’ risky substance use, even beyond development of conscientiousness ? Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 45, 2292-2306. 

2016   Modecki, K.L. (2016). Do risks matter? Variable and person-centered approaches to adolescents' problem behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 42, 8-20.

2016   Hagan, M., Leucken, L., Modecki, K.L., Wolchik, S. & Sandler, I. (2016). Childhood emotional reactivity predicts bio-behavioral dysregulation nine years later. Emotion. 16(6), 877-885.

2015   +Vernon, L., Barber, B., & Modecki, K.L. (2015).  Adolescent problematic social networking and school experiences: The mediating effects of sleep disruptions and sleep quality. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(7), 386-392.

2015   Dawes, N., Modecki, K.L., Gonzales, N., Dumka, L., & Millsap, R. (2015). Mexican-origin youth participation in extracurricular activities: Predicting trajectories of involvement from 7th to 12th grade. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(11), 2172-2188. 

2015   Modecki, K.L., Hagan, M., & Sandler, I., Wolchik, S. (2015). Latent profiles of non-residential fathers six years after divorce: Predicting long term offspring outcomes. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44(1), 123-136. 

2014   Guerra, N., Modecki, K.L., & Cunningham, W. (2014). Developing social-emotional skills for the labor market: The PRACTICE model. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, 7123.

2014   Modecki, K.L., +Minchin, J., Harbaugh, G., Guerra, N., & Runions, K.C. (2014). Bullying prevalence across contexts: A meta-analysis measuring cyber and traditional bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(5), 602-611.   

2014   Modecki, K.L., Barber, B.L., Eccles, J.E. (2014). Binge drinking trajectories across adolescence: Extra-curricular activities are protective for youth with early pubertal development. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54 (1), 61-66.   

2014   Rebellon, C.J. & Modecki, K.L. (2014) Accounting for projection bias in models of delinquent peer influence: The utility and limits of latent variable approaches. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 30(2), 163-186. 

2013   Centifanti  L.M., & Modecki, K.L. (2013). Throwing caution to the wind: Callous-unemotional  traits and risk taking in adolescents.  Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 42(1) 106-119. 

2013   Modecki, K.L., Barber, B.L., & +Vernon, L. (2013). Mapping developmental precursors of cyber-aggression: Trajectories of risk predict perpetration and victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(5), 651-661. 

2013   Runions, K., Shapka, J., Dooley, J., & Modecki, K.L. (2013). Cyber aggression, victimization and social information processing: Addressing the medium and the message. Psychology of Violence, 3(1) 9-26. 

2010 and Prior

2010   Chassin, L., Dimitrieva, J., Modecki, K.L., Steinberg, L., Cauffman, E., Piquero, A., Knight, G., & Losoya, S. (2010).  Does adolescent substance use predict depressed growth in psychosocial maturity? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24 (1), 48-60.

2009   Modecki, K.L. & Wilson, M.N. (2009).  Associations between individual and family level characteristics and parenting practices in incarcerated African American fathers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18(5) 530-540.

2009   Modecki, K.L. (2009). “It’s a rush”: Psychosocial content of antisocial decision making. Law and Human Behavior, 33(3), 183-193. 

2008   Modecki, K.L. (2008). Addressing gaps in the maturity of judgment literature:  Age differences and delinquency. Law and Human Behavior, 32(1), 78-91. 


Cited in Amicus Curiae Brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court: 
American Psychological Association; American Psychiatric Association; National Association of Social Workers (Miller V. Alabama)
American Psychological Association (Graham V. Florida)
American Psychological Association; Juvenile Law Center (JDB V. State of North Carolina)
Juvenile Law Center (Watson V. People of the State of Illinois)


2007   Cohn, E.S. & Modecki, K.L. (2007). Gender differences in predicting delinquent behavior: Do individual differences matter? Social Behavior and Personality, 35(3), 359-373.

2006   Banyard, V.L., Cross, C., & Modecki, K.L. (2006). Interpersonal violence in adolescence: Ecological correlates of self-reported perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(10), 1314-1331.

Journal Publications

2023   Modecki, K.L., +Duvenage, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, +Robbins, S. & Uink, B. (2023). Capturing coping:  Innovative designs and 
considerations for studying the topography of adolescents’ coping. In (Ed.) Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck & Ellen Skinner. The Handbook on the Development of Coping

2021   Modecki, K.L, Buckley, L., & Hamilton K. (2021). Adolescent alcohol use and development: layered environmental contexts and agents for change. In (Ed.) Richard Cooke & Martin Hagger. The Handbook of the Psychology of Alcohol Consumption. Palgrave, Macmillan.


2019   +Elvin, O., Ryan, K. M., Modecki, K.L, & Waters, A. M. (2019). Attentional biases in children and adolescents. In. (Ed.) Kathrin Cohen Kadosh. Oxford University Press Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Oxford Press: London.


2017   Modecki, K.L. (2017). Adolescent development and clinical and legal implications. In W.D. Murphy  & S. Righthand (Eds.), Safer Society Book on Adolescents who Sexually Abuse, pp1-24.

2017   Modecki, K.L. & +Uink, B. How can developmental psychopathology influence social and legal policy? Adolescence, mental health, and decision making. In D. Williams & L. Certifanti (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology.

2015   Williamson, A.A., Modecki, K.L., & Guerra, N.G. Evidence-based programming in diverse settings:  high school. In J. Durlak, T. Gullotta, C. Domitrovich, P. Goren, & R. Weissberg (Eds.), The Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning.


2008    Guerra, N., Williams, K, Tolan, P., & Modecki, K.L. Theoretical and research advances in understanding youth crime.  In R.D. Hoge, N. Guerra, & P. Boxer (Eds.), The Juvenile Offender: Treatment Approaches.  New York: Guilford Press.

White Papers

2022   Vernon, L., Modecki, K.L., & Austin, K. (2022). Understanding wellbeing challenges for university students during crisis disruption. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

2018   Modecki, K.L., +Uink, B., & Barber, B.L. Understanding delinquency during the teenage years: Developmental pathways of antisocial decision making. Australian Institute of Criminology: Trends and Issues in Crime and Justice

2016    Abbott, B.D., Barber, B.L., +Uink, B., Modecki, K.L., &  Correia, H. Young people and social anxiety: Mood, technology use and wellbeing of young people experiencing social anxiety. Melbourne, Australia: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.


2015    Abbott, B.D., Barber, B.L., +Uink, B. & Modecki, K.L. The Young and Well CRC Standard

Measures: descriptive and psychometric Data from a sample of vulnerable young people. Melbourne, Australia: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.


2014    Abbott, B., +Uink, B., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B. “How do you feel?”: An experience sampling method pilot study for adolescent behaviour, emotion and technology using smartphones. Melbourne, Australia: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

2006    Modecki, K.L. Summative evaluation guidelines for Outward Bound Youth At-Risk Programs. Jacksonville, FL: Outward Bound.

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