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Dante Cicchetti

Dante CicchettiDescription : Dante Cicchetti is a leader in the fields of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, particularly on the conduct of multilevel research with high-risk and disenfranchised populations, including maltreated children and offspring of depressed parents. He currently holds a joint appointment in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s psychiatry department, and in the Institute of Child Development. He is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the William Harris Endow... Page:d

Dante Cicchetti
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BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
FieldsDevelopmental psychopathology, Psychiatry, Developmental science, Molecular genetics
InstitutionsUniversity of Minnesota (professor)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; USA
Doctoral advisorPaul E. Meehl and L. Alan Sroufe
Known forPsychopathology, Child Psychiatry, Developmental science, Developmental psychopathology, Multiple levels of analysis research
Notable awardsScientific Merit Award from NIMH (1991-1996).

Dante Cicchetti is a leader in the fields of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, particularly on the conduct of multilevel research with high-risk and disenfranchised populations, including maltreated children and offspring of depressed parents. He currently holds a joint appointment in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s psychiatry department, and in the Institute of Child Development. He is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the William Harris Endowed Chair. Having received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Cicchetti began his graduate work at the University of Minnesota in 1972, where he completed a joint Ph.D. program in clinical psychology and developmental psychology. He was on the faculty of Harvard University from 1977 to 1985, where he served as the Norman Tishman Associate Professor of Psychology until he left for the University of Rochester in 1985. There, he was the director of the Mt. Hope Family Center for 20 years. Cicchetti is the founding and current editor of the academic journal Development and Psychopathology.

Major accomplishments

Cicchetti has played a pivotal role in defining and shaping the field of developmental psychopathology. While at Harvard, he began publishing important papers on emotional development, Down syndrome, child maltreatment, and on the development of conditions such as depression and borderline personality disorder. Then, in 1984, he edited a special issue of Child Development on developmental psychopathology that served to acquaint the developmental community with this emerging discipline. In that special issue he himself wrote a seminal, defining paper titled, “The emergence of developmental psychopathology.” These efforts were critical in launching what was to become one of the most vital fields in all of developmental science. Subsequently, the emergence of the field was crystallized in 1989 with the publication of the first of the 9 distinguished volumes of the Rochester Symposia on Developmental Psychopathology, as well as with the inaugural issue of the journal Development and Psychopathology. Without Cicchetti, the field of developmental psychopathology would not be what it is today, nor would our understanding of the causes and consequences of child maltreatment be what it is, nor would the progress of integrating disciplines be what it is, and nor would the lives of thousands of children and parents be as enriched as they are.

Cicchetti's major research interests lie in the formulation of an integrative developmental theory that can account for both normal and abnormal forms of ontogenesis. His work has opened new frontiers in several domains, including:

  • Developmental psychopathology.
  • The developmental consequences of child maltreatment.
  • Neuroplasticity and sensitive periods.
  • The impact of traumatic experiences upon brain development.
  • The biology and psychology of unipolar and bipolar mood disorders.
  • The interrelationships among molecular genetic, neurobiological, socio-emotional, cognitive, linguistic and representational development in normal and pathological populations.
  • The study of attachment relations and representational models of the self and its disorders across the life span.
  • Multilevel perspectives on resilience; and 9) multilevel evaluations of randomized controlled trial interventions for depressed and maltreated children and adolescents.

Cicchetti's research is funded by public and private institutions or agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Notable awards

Scientific Merit Award from NIMH (1991-1996), American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Research Career Achievement Award (1997), Nicholas Hobbs Award, Division 37 of the American Psychological Association, for Significant Contributions to Child Advocacy and Social Policy (1999), the G. Stanley Hall Award, from the American Psychological Association, for Significant Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology (2005), Urie Bronfenbrenner Award, from the American Psychological Association, for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society (2006), the Mentorship Award from the American Psychological Association (2008), Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (2011), AAAS Fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize from the Jacobs Foundation (2012).

Professional societies

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Fellow, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Editorial duties

  • Development and Psychopathology (Founding and current Editor)
  • Attachment and Human Development (1998–2012)
  • Developmental Psychology (2004-2011)
  • Psychological Bulletin (1996-2002)
  • Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (1983–1991)
  • Journal of Child and Family Studies (1991–Present)
  • Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (1993–1995)
  • American Journal of Psychiatry (1990-Present)

Selected works

  • Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2012). Gene by Environment interaction and resilience: Effects of child maltreatment and serotonin, corticotropin releasing hormone, dopamine, and oxytocin genes. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2).
  • Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Oshri, A. (2011). Interactive effects of corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 1, serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region, and child maltreatment on diurnal cortisol regulation and internalizing symptomatology. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 1125-1138.
  • Cicchetti, D. (2010). Resilience under conditions of extreme stress: A multilevel perspective [Special Article]. World Psychiatry, 9, 1-10.
  • Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Toth, S. L., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2011). Normalizing the development of cortisol regulation in maltreated infants through preventive interventions. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 789-800.
  • Cicchetti, D. (2004). An odyssey of discovery: Lessons learned through three decades of research on child maltreatment. American Psychologist, 59(8), 4-14.
  • Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. (1999). Psychopathology as risk for adolescent substance use disorders: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Journal of Clinical Child Psychiatry, 28, 355-365.

Selections of books

  • Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (2006). Developmental psychopathology: Theory and method (Vol. 1, 2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.
  • Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (2006). Developmental psychopathology: Developmental neuroscience (Vol. 2, 2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.
  • Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (2006). Developmental psychopathology: Risk, disorder, and adaptation. (Vol. 3, 2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.
  • Attachment in the Preschool Years: Theory, Research, and Intervention by Dante Cicchetti, Mark T. Greenberg, E. Mark Cummings. ISBN 0226306305 (0-226-30630-5).
  • Child Maltreatment: Theory and Research on the Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect by Dante Cicchetti, Vicki K. Carlson. ISBN 0521379695 (0-521-37969-5). Cambridge University Press.
  • Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (1995). Developmental psychopathology: Theory and method (Vol. 1). New York: Wiley.
  • Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (1995). Developmental psychopathology: Risk, disorder, and adaptation (Vol. 2). New York: Wiley.
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