Lucia Ciciolla

Lucia Ciciolla
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater | Oklahoma State · Department of Psychology

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Introduction
My research focuses on risk and resilience in early child development within the context of the parent-child relationship and in association with maternal psychopathology, developmental risk factors, and social/environmental risk factors. Other interests: Longitudinal methodology; Evidence-based assessment and treatment; Infant mental health; Perinatal mental health; Motherhood; Complex trauma.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - present
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2016 - present
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Child Clinical Psychology Child and Family Clinical Team, Practicum Supervisor
August 2015 - December 2015
Arizona State University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Child Abnormal Psychology
Education
September 2013 - July 2014
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 2007 - April 2009
Arizona State University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2007 - December 2014
Arizona State University
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

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Publications (42)
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Objectives: Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are classified as unintended (e.g. unplanned, mistimed, or unwanted), which have been linked to numerous adverse consequences for maternal and child outcomes. Recent evidence suggests that happiness about a pregnancy is often a better predictor of maternal and infant health outcomes than pregn...
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Objectives The specific study objectives were: 1) to identify perceived common stressors among parents in refugee settlements, 2) to analyze the associations of perinatal depression and early initiation of breastfeeding and 3) to analyze the associations between perinatal depression and exclusive breastfeeding. Methods Qualitative study participan...
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PurposeFood susceptibility refers to an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations when highly palatable foods are available. Mindfulness, or the practice of paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment, is a key element in acceptance-based programs, which have been shown to benefit those with high food susceptibility. This study...
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Sleep during infancy contributes to the development and maintenance of infant regulatory functioning and may be an early risk marker for more difficult temperamental traits like negative reactivity. Further, maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may predispose individuals to greater sleep disturbances in adulthood and have been linked with...
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Objective To examine maternal childhood adversity in relation to increased risk for maternal and infant perinatal complications and newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admittance. Methods A sample of 164 women recruited at their first prenatal appointment participated in a longitudinal study through 6 weeks postdelivery. Participants self-...
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Background Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may have lasting impacts on cognition. Objective To determine if ACE exposure is prospectively associated with cognition in young adults. We hypothesized that deprivation- and threat-type ACEs as well as higher cumulative ACE exposure predict poorer cognition. Participants & setting Participants wer...
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Current treatments for chronic pain have limited benefit. We describe a resilience intervention for individuals with chronic pain which is based on a model of viewing chronic pain as dysregulated homeostasis and which seeks to restore homeostatic self-regulation using strategies exemplified by survivors of extreme environments. The intervention is...
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Pregnancy loss (i.e., miscarriage, stillbirth) is a relatively common and often traumatic experience. Although prior research has examined mental health consequences of pregnancy loss, to our knowledge, none have examined how the experience of pregnancy loss affects how women perceive or value the importance of motherhood. Using longitudinal data f...
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Among youth from high-achieving schools, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were examined in relation to (a) internalizing and externalizing symptoms in adolescence (n = 527), and (b) symptoms plus psychiatric diagnoses-based on multiple annual interviews-in adulthood (n = 316). Also examined were associations for a "Proxy ACEs" (P-ACEs) measure,...
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This article proposes a model for understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as dynamic and interrelated biobehavioral adaptations to early life stress that have predictable consequences on development and health. Drawing upon research from multiple theoretical and methodological approaches, the intergenerational and cumulati...
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Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a variable, complex, and incompletely understood spectrum of neonatal neurobehavioral dysregulation associated with prenatal drug exposure, most commonly opioids. Research on short- and long-term neurodevelopmental consequences of NAS is limited, and results are often confounded by polysubstance use during preg...
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High levels of maternal pregnancy–specific stress are associated with an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes as well as anxiety and depression symptoms during and following pregnancy. There is evidence that early childhood experiences play an important role in maternal psychological health and well-being and may be important for shaping mater...
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There are significant barriers in engaging pregnant and postpartum women that are considered high-risk (e.g., those experiencing substance use and/or substance use disorders (SUD)) into longitudinal research studies. To improve recruitment and retention of this population in studies spanning from the prenatal period to middle childhood, it is imper...
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Background: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and obesity are independently associated with brain/neurocognitive health. Despite a growing emphasis on the importance of early life adversity on health, the relationship between ACEs and neurocognition in adults with overweight/obesity is unclear. The objective was to examine associations between...
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We address the issue of invisible labor in the home by examining how the distribution of the mental and emotional labor inherent in managing the household between spouses may be linked with women’s well-being, including their satisfaction with life, partner satisfaction, feelings of emptiness, and experiencing role overload. In a sample of 393 U.S....
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Parenting stress and children's behavior problems have frequently been linked, with bidirectional relations spanning from early childhood through adolescence. However, this association has not been well studied in infancy or toddlerhood, and prospective mediators have not been thoroughly explored. This prospective, longitudinal study utilized two t...
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Karina M Shreffler,1 Stacy Tiemeyer,1 Lucia Ciciolla,2 Julie M Croff31Department of Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA; 2Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA; 3Department of Rural Health, Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USAAbstrac...
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We address the issue of invisible labor in the home by examining how the distribution of the mental and emotional labor inherent in managing the household between spouses may be linked with women’s well-being, including their satisfaction with life, partner satisfaction, feelings of emptiness, and experiencing role overload. In a sample of 393 U.S....
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Objective: This study aimed to examine the impact of newborns' Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admittance on maternal postpartum depression. Background: Prior research on the parental psychological impacts of a NICU admittance typically includes a hospital sample of parents following birth, so the causality of NICU admittance and maternal de...
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Background: The mechanisms underlying the depression-obesity relationship are unclear. Food attentional bias (FAB) represents one candidate mechanism that has not been examined. We evaluated the hypothesis that greater depressive symptoms are associated with increased FAB. Method: Participants were 89 normal weight or overweight adults (mean age...
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Attachment to caregivers plays a critical role in the social and emotional development of children. The foundation of the caregiver-infant relationship begins before birth and continues to develop after birth. There are both threats to prenatal and neonatal attachment and factors that promote early bonding and social and emotional development durin...
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In this study of over 2000 mothers, we considered the alignment between employment preference and status, examining the well-being of mothers who were employed and wanting to work; employed because they need the money; not employed and not wanting work; and not employed but wanting to work. Alignment between employment preference and employment sta...
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Adolescents from upper middle class communities: Substance misuse and addiction across early adulthood—CORRIGENDUM - Suniya S. Luthar, Phillip J. Small, Lucia Ciciolla
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In this prospective study of upper middle class youth, we document frequency of alcohol and drug use, as well as diagnoses of abuse and dependence, during early adulthood. Two cohorts were assessed as high school seniors and then annually across 4 college years (New England Study of Suburban Youth younger cohort [NESSY-Y]), and across ages 23–27 (N...
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High achievement expectations and academic pressure from parents have been implicated in rising levels of stress and reduced well-being among adolescents. In this study of affluent, middle school youth, we examined how perceptions of parents’ emphases on achievement (relative to prosocial behavior) influenced youth’s psychological adjustment and sc...
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The central question we addressed was whether mothers’ adjustment might vary systematically by the developmental stages of their children. In an internet-based study of over 2,200 mostly well-educated mothers with children ranging from infants to adults, we examined multiple aspects of mothers’ personal well-being, parenting, and perceptions of the...
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Developmental science is replete with studies on the impact of mothers on their children, but little is known about what might best help caregivers to function well themselves. In an initial effort to address this gap, we conducted an Internet-based study of over 2,000 mostly well-educated mothers, seeking to illuminate salient risk and protective...
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Developmental science is replete with studies on the impact of mothers on their children, but little is known about what might best help caregivers to function well themselves. In an initial effort to address this gap, we conducted an internet-based study of over 2,000 mostly well-educated mothers, seeking to illuminate salient risk and protective...
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Parental hostility may have widespread effects across members of the family, whereby one parent’s hostility might disrupt the other parent’s ability to maintain a positive relationship with his or her children. The present study prospectively examined crossover effects of parental hostility on parent–child relationship quality in a sample of 210 fa...
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Although research examining intimate partner violence (IPV) has expanded in recent years, there has been relatively little examination of the related demographic and psychosocial factors, as well as mental health outcomes, for IPV before and during pregnancy, especially in a Mexican American population. The current study provides a snapshot of the...
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Transactional theories support that parent-child processes are best studied in conjunction with one another, addressing their reciprocal influence and change across time. This study tested a longitudinal, autoregressive model exploring bidirectional relations among maternal symptomatology, child internalizing/externalizing symptoms, and maternal se...
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Maternal sensitivity is a fundamental parenting construct and a determinant of positive child outcomes and healthy parent-child relationships. Few longitudinal studies have investigated determinants of sensitive parenting, particularly in a population of children at risk for developmental delay. This study modeled trajectories of maternal sensitivi...
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People with Williams syndrome (WS) have been consistently described as showing heightened sociability, gregariousness, and interest in people, in conjunction with an uneven cognitive profile and mild to moderate intellectual or learning disability. To explore the mechanisms underlying this unusual social-behavioral phenotype, we investigated whethe...
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Emotional availability has an important central role in establishing the nature of the relationship that emerges between parent and child and the quality of the child's emerging developmental competence. EA can be observed across the lifespan between parents and their children at any age. The role of emotion is the most critical aspect of EA, and i...
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The behavioral phenotype characteristic of Williams syndrome (WS) is marked by strong interest in social interaction, manifested in attention to human faces, empathy, approach behavior and social disinhibition, often coexisting with generalized anxiety. Despite their heightened social interest, people with WS show deficits in explicit emotion recog...
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The hypothesis that personality characteristics in adolescence can be used to predict religiousness and spiritual seeking in late adulthood was tested using a structural equation modeling framework to estimate cross-lagged and autoregressive effects in a two-wave panel design. The sample consisted of 209 men and women participants in the Berkeley G...

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Understanding salient vulnerability and protective processes among these at-risk youth, with the goal of informing preventive interventions.
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In this project, we have two related goals. One is to uncover major factors that help women successfully negotiate the critically important life role of motherhood. Second, we apply accumulated knowledge to design and evaluate intervention programs that maximize the well-being of mothers from diverse backgrounds.