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Obradović, Jelena

Academic Title 
Associate Professor
Other Titles 

Child and Adolescent Development Program

Program Affiliations 
DAPS
Adolescent Development
Cognitive Development
Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research
Immigrant Issues
Inner-city Youth
Mental Health
Poverty and Child Welfare
Risk and Resilience Processes
Self-Regulation and Executive Function
Social and Emotional Development
Social Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
Stress Reactivity and Biological Sensitivity to Context

Adaptation, resilience, and developmental psychopathology of disadvantaged children populations; Stress reactivity and biological sensitivity to contextual influences; Executive function and self-regulatory abilities; Effects of risk, adversity, and social status on children’s development.

My research examines how contextual risk and adversity influence children’s adaptation across multiple domains of functioning over time. I am interested in identifying the biological, behavioral, and environmental processes that enable some highly disadvantaged children to demonstrate remarkable resilience, while placing others at risk for maladaptive outcomes. I primarily study how exposure to environmental risk and adversity interacts with children’s stress reactivity and self-regulatory abilities to influence their social, emotional, and cognitive development.

  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2007
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • B.A. Psychology, Lewis & Clark College, 2002

Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Development Program, 2009-present

Junior Fellow, CIFAR Experience-based Brain and Biological Development network, 2009-2011

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2007-2009

  • Developmental Psychopathology and Resilience (EDUC 360)
  • Stress Reactivity and Biological Sensitivity to Context (EDUC 363)
  • Cognitive Development (EDUC 368)
  • Psychological and Educational Resilience among Children and Youth (EDUC 256)

Obradović, J., *Portilla, X. A., *Ballard, P. J. (2016). Biological sensitivity to family income: Differential effects on early executive functioning. Child Development, 87(2), 374-384. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12475

Obradović, J., & *Finch. J. E. (2016). Linking executive function skills and physiological challenge response: Piecewise latent growth curve modeling. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.12476

Obradović, J., Yousafzai, A.K., *Finch, J. E., & Rasheed, M. (2016). Maternal scaffolding and home stimulation as key mediators of early intervention effects on children’s cognitive development. Developmental Psychology, 52(9), 1409-1421. doi: 10.1037/dev0000182

Obradović, J. (2016). Physiological responsivity and executive functioning: Implications for adaptation and resilience in early childhood. Child Development Perspectives, 10(1), 65-70. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12164

*Portilla, X. A., *Ballard, P. J., Adler, N. E., Boyce. W. T., & Obradović, J. (2014). An integrative view of school functioning: Transactions between self-regulation, school engagement and teacher-child relationship quality. Child Development, 85(5), 1915-1931. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12259

Obradović, J. (2012). How can the study of physiological reactivity contribute to our understanding of adversity and resilience processes in development? Development and Psychopathology, 24, 371-387. doi: 10.1017/S0954579412000053

Obradović, J., Bush, N. R., & Boyce, W. T. (2011). The interactive effect of marital conflict and stress reactivity on externalizing and internalizing symptoms: The role of laboratory stressors. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 101-114. doi: 10.1017/S0954579410000672

Obradović, J. (2010). Effortful control and adaptive functioning of homeless children: Variable- and person-focused analyses. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 109-117. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2009.09.004

Obradović, J., Bush, N. R., Stamperdahl, J., Adler, N. A., & Boyce, W. T. (2010). Biological sensitivity to context: The interactive effects of stress reactivity and family adversity on socio-emotional behavior and school readiness. Child Development, 81, 270-289. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01394.x

Obradović, J., & Hipwell, A. (2010). Psychopathology and social competence during transition to adolescence:  The role of family adversity and pubertal development. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 621-634. doi: 10.1017/S0954579410000325

Obradović, J., Burt, K. B., & Masten, A. S. (2010). Testing a dual cascade model linking competence and symptoms over 20 years from childhood to adulthood. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 90-102. doi: 10.1080/15374410903401120

Principal Investigator, Processes underlying children’s susceptibility to environmental influences

Co-Principal Investigator, Cognitive cultures and stress: Immigrant youth in family and school contexts (with Dr. Janxin Leu at the University of Washington)

Co-Investigator, Epigenetic modifications and social disparities in neurodevelopmental vulnerability (PI: Dr. Tom Boyce, University of British Columbia)

Collaborator, The Peers and Wellness Study (PI: Dr. Tom Boyce, University of California, Berkeley)

Collaborator, Athena Studies of Resilient Adaptation (PI: Dr. Frosso Motti, University of Athens, Greece)