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Stephanie Godleski

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

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Stephanie Godleski

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts


BA, Hamilton College; MA, Ph.D., University of Buffalo


Dr. Godleski's areas of expertise are within Clinical and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on developmental pathways to risk and resilience, particularly within early development from pregnancy to early childhood. She is interested in how parent and family influences (e.g., parental substance use, discipline, etc) impact children’s social-emotional developmental and health outcomes.


Areas of Expertise

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Journal Paper
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Social and behavioral vulnerability, pregnancy, and negative mental health outcomes in the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic." AIMS Public Health 9. 2 (2022): 331-341. Print.
Nowalis, Sarah, Stephanie Godleski, and Lindsay Schenkel. "Attachment as a Moderator in the Relation Between Child Maltreatment and Symptoms of Depression." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 37. (2022): NP1516-NP1543. Print.
Ostrov, Jamie, et al. "Development of bullying and victimization: An examination of risk and protective factors in a high-risk sample." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 37. (2022): 5958-5984. Print.
Zhao, Junru, et al. "Child exposure to community violence in an at-risk sample: Developmental trajectories, caregiving risks, and the role of child temperament." Psychology of Violence 12. 6 (2022): 382-392. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Developmental pathways from prenatal substance exposure to reactive aggression." Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 83. (2022): 101474. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie, Brenda Abu, and Ammina Kothari. "A qualitative needs assessment and analysis of perceptions of a mobile health app for low-income, at-risk mothers." Journal of Technology in Behavior Science 6. (2021): 100-105. Print.
Perry, Kristin, et al. "Pathways from early family violence to adolescent reactive aggression and violence victimization." Journal of Family Violence 36. (2021): 75-86. Print.
Ostlund, Brendan, et al. "Prenatal substance exposure and maternal hostility from pregnancy to toddlerhood: Associations with temperament profiles at 16-months of age." Development and Psychopathology 33. (2021): 1566-1583. Print.
Schuetze, Pamela, Stephanie Godleski, and Jenna Sassaman. "Prenatal opiate exposure and postnatal caregiving." Neurotoxicology and Teratology 87. (2021): 107019. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Maternal Smoking and Psychosocial Functioning: Impact on Subsequent Breastfeeding Practices." Breastfeeding Medicine 15. 4 (2020): 246-253. Print.
Nickerson, Amanda, et al. "A Longitudinal Study of Gun Violence Attitudes: Role of Childhood Aggression and Exposure to Violence, and Early Adolescent Bullying Perpetration and Victimization." Journal of School Violence 19. (2020): 62-76. Print.
Kothari, Ammina, Stephanie Godleski, and Brenda Abu. "Mobile-based consortium of parenting resources for low-income/underserved mothers and caregivers: App development, testing and lessons learned." Health and Technology 10. (2020): 1603-1608. Print.
Eiden, Rina, et al. "Risk and resilience in the development of substance use problems in early adolescence." Adversity and Resilience Science 1. (2020): 107-119. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Etiological Pathways to Rejection Sensitivity in a High Risk Sample." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 45. 5 (2019): 715-727. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie, Barbara Lohse, and Jodi Stott. "Confirmatory Factor Analyses Support a 4-Factor Structure of the Satter Eating Competence Inventory and Migration of an Internal Regulation Item to the Eating Attitudes subscale." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 51. 8 (2019): 1003-1010. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Co-use of tobacco and marijuana during pregnancy: Pathways to externalizing behavior problems in early childhood." Neurotoxicology and Teratology 69. (2018): 39-48. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie, Cory Crane, and Kenneth Leonard. "Parents’ Concordant and Discordant Alcohol Use and Subsequent Child Behavioral Outcomes." Addictive Behaviors 79. (2018): 81-85. Print.
Przybyla, Sarahmona M, et al. "Meta-Analysis of Alcohol and Serodiscordant Condomless Sex Among People Living With HIV." Archives of Sexual Behavior. (2017): 1-16. Web.
Book Chapter
Shisler, Shannon, et al. "Salivary bioscience research related to prenatal adversity." Salivary Bioscience: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Saliva Research and Applications. Ed. M.K. Taylor and D.A. Granger. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020. 611-640. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie and Rina Eiden. "Fathers’ Antisocial Behavior and Early Childhood." Handbook on Fathers and Child Development: Prenatal to Preschool. Ed. H.E. Fitzgerald, et al. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020. 569-580. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie and Kenneth Leonard. "Substance use and Substance Problems in Families: How Families Impact and are Impact by Substance use." American Psychological Association Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. Ed. B. Fiese. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2019. 587-602. Print.
Godleski, Stephanie. "Theoretical Perspectives to Studying the Development of Relational Aggression." The Development of Relational Aggression. Ed. Jamie M. Ostrov and Sarah Coyne. New York, NY: Oxford Press, 2018. 76-89. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Joslyn, Emily and Stephanie Godleski. "The Effect of Maternal Substance use on Child Aggression." Proceedings of the Developmental Neurotoxicology, Clearwater Beach, FL June 23–27, 2018. Ed. Dr. Gale Richardson. Oxford, England: Elsevier, 2018. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie, et al. "Co-use of Tobacco and Marijuana During Pregnancy: Pathways to Externalizing Behavior Problems in Early Childhood." Proceedings of the Developmental Neurotoxicology, Clearwater Beach, FL; June 23-27, 2018. Ed. Dr. Gale Richardson. Oxford, England: Elsevier, 2018. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie and Kimberly Kamper-DeMarco. "Maternal Alcohol and Tobacco use During Pregnancy: The Role of Mental Health and age of Initiation." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA; June 16-20, 2018. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2018. Web.
Eiden, Rina, et al. "Early Childhood Risk and Protective Factors Predicting Resilience Against Adolescent Substance use." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA; June 16-20, 2018. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2018. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie and Cory Crane. "Alcohol Problems and Aggression: Comparing Hearing and Deaf or Hard-of-hearing College Students." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA; June 16-20, 2018. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2018. Web.
Crane, Cory and Stephanie Godleski. "Gender Dfferences in the Association Between Problematic Alcohol use and Cyber Aggression." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA; June 16-20, 2018. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2018. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie and Rina Eiden. "Maternal Prenatal and Postnatal Alcohol use, Dysregulation, and Postnatal Alcohol use." Proceedings of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA; June 16-20, 2018. Ed. Henry R. Kranzler, M.D. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2018. Web.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course explores the process of human development, from conception through adolescence and continuing through later adulthood. The developmental approach integrates across many areas of psychology, including perception, cognition, social and emotional development, personality, morality, human factors, and neuroscience. Topics will include such things as infant brain plasticity, the development of identity in adolescence, and memory changes in adulthood. In addition, experimental methods of developmental research will be introduced and practiced, including issues specific to studying children and adults.
3 Credits
This course examines the ways in which people deviate from typical development throughout the lifespan. The specific course content will vary depending on the expertise of the instructor, but might include topics like developmental disabilities, disorders of aging, disruptive behavior disorders, or the effects of maltreatment on development. This course is part of the developmental track for psychology majors.
0 Credits
Practicum open to psychology students. Gives the student first-hand experience in the field of psychology working on research that matches the student's career objectives. Students are closely supervised by a faculty member, developing relevant skills and learning how to do research first-hand. May count for the equivalent of the psychology co-op experience with prior approval and sufficient time commitment. (3rd or 4th year status). Prerequisites PSYC-101, -250, -251. Credit 0 (F, S, Su)
3 Credits
This course introduces students to more advanced inferential parametric and non-parametric data-analysis techniques commonly used in psychological research, but not covered (or not covered in depth) in the Graduate Statistics course. These techniques may include, but are not limited to: Reliability Analysis, Multiple Regression, Discriminant Analysis, Logistic Regression, Factor Analysis, Analysis of Covariance, Multivariate Analysis of Variance, Contrast Analysis, Mediator and Moderator Variable Analysis, Non-Parametric Tests, and Multi-level Modeling. The focus is on the conceptual understanding of these statistics, how different statistical procedures are applied in different research methods, how to perform analyses, how to interpret the results in the context of the research question, and how to communicate these results.
3 Credits
The Thesis courses will vary widely but will fulfill the work plan agreed by the student and the adviser. The guiding principles of the Thesis Proposal course are to initiate thesis research including selecting a thesis advisor, choosing and defining a topic, surveying relevant research literature, and planning the research. To complete the course, the student will successfully submit and defend a thesis proposal, which is a detailed and complete plan of the thesis research. The thesis proposal should include exhaustive review of relevant literature, statement of the student's thesis, formulation of hypotheses, operational definitions of independent and dependent variables, and a detailed procedure for carrying out the research. The proposal may also include a section on anticipated results with a detailed plan for analysis of data.

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