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

2020  Modecki, K.L. (accepted). 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, 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, K.L., 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   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



2020    Modecki, K.L, Buckley, L., & Hamilton K. (in press). 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. (in press). 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

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.

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.


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

© 2015 by Kathy Modecki

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