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Jelena Obradović

Jelena Obradović
Jelena Obradović
Academic Title 
Associate Professor
Other Titles 

Child and Adolescent Development Program

Program Affiliations 

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)

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