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Alan Litrownik, Ph.D

Professor 

 

 

 

Office: Child & Adolescent Services Research Center
Children’s Plaza – Children’s Hospital
3020 Children’s Way, MC-5033
San Diego, CA 92123-4282

Phone: (858) 966-7703 ext. 7146

E-Mail: alitrownik@sdsu.edu

 

Clinical Psychology/Developmental Psychopathology

The emerging field of developmental psychopathology recognizes the interdependence of normal and abnormal development. That is, classical developmental theory and research informs our understanding of psychopathology, and in turn, insights from populations that evidence abnormal development can increase our understanding of normal developmental processes. Dr. Litrownik’s research is currently focused on identifying developmental pathways in children who have been maltreated. As part of a 20-year multi-site longitudinal project, Dr. Litrownik is examining factors (e.g., protective, risk) that result in adaptive (e.g., resilient) or maladaptive functioning.

The ultimate goal of this research is to identify and develop appropriate interventions for these children. Students who participate in this lab are typically trained to conduct face-to-face interviews with caregivers and children. In addition, there are opportunities to work on special projects (e.g., design newsletters), abstract records, and develop interview protocols. These activities are designed to familiarize students with the project (e.g., goals, methods) as well as prepare them for the task of completing theses and dissertations.

Recent representative student projects:

Heyming, H. P. Patterns of resilient functioning in maltreated children. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, August, 1999.

Mitchell,B.E. Mental health service utilization in a sample of maltreated adolescents: A prospective analysis. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, December, 1999.

Kouyoumdjian, H. Influence of caregiving environments on ADHD in drug-exposed children. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2000.

Kindell, L.J. Identification of protective factors associated with social resilience in maltreated children. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2000.

Cañez, I.E. Predictors of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in maltreated children. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program, May, 2000.

Lee, M. Cruelty and delinquency in a maltreated sample. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2001.

Tripp De Robertis, M. The relationship between caregiver disciplinary behavior and aggressiveness in a sample of foster children. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2001.

Romney, S. Developmental Delays in maltreated children: Placement type and relationship to maltreatment experience. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2002.

Willis, K.N. The influence of age and gender on relational aggression. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2002.

Mitchell , B.E. Physical health of maltreated children shortly after entry into foster care: Assessment and prediction of documented medical problems and caregiver reported health status. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program, May, 2000.

Broomberg, S. Developmental Delays in maltreated children: Placement type and relationship to maltreatment experience. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, May, 2003.

Recent Representative Publications (* = student author):

*Jinich. S., & Litrownik, A.J. (1999). Coping with sexual abuse: Development and evaluation of a videotape intervention for nonoffending parents. Child Abuse & Neglect , 23 , 175-190.

Elder, J.P., Campbell, N.R., Litrownik, A.J., *Ayala, G.X., Slymen, D.J., Parra-Medina, D., & Lovato, C.Y. (2000). Predictors of cigarette and alcohol susceptibility and use among Hispanic migrant adolescents. Preventive Medicine , 31 ,115-123.

Knight, E.D., Runyan, D.K., Dubowitz, H., Branford, C., Kotch, J., Litrownik, A., & Hunter, W. (2000). Methodological and ethical challenges associated with child self-report of maltreatment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence , 15 , 760-775.

Litrownik, A.J., Elder, J.P., Campbell, N.R., *Ayala, G.X., Slymen, D.J., Parra-Medina, D., Zavala, F., & Lovato, C. (2000). Evaluation of a tobacco and alcohol use prevention program for Hispanic migrant adolescents: Promoting the protective factor of parent-child communication. Preventive Medicine , 31 , 124-133.

Litrownik, A.J. & *Cañez, I.C. (2000). Childhood maltreatment: Treatment of abuse/incest survivors. In C.R. Snyder & R.E. Ingram (Eds.). Handbook of Psychological Change: Psychotherapy Processes and Practices for the 21 st Century . New York: Wiley, pp. 520-545.

Newton, R., Litrownik, A.J., & Landsverk, J.A. (2000). Children and youth in foster care: Disentangling the relationship between problem behaviors and number of placements. Child Abuse & Neglect , 24 , 1363-1374.

Campbell, N.R., *Ayala, G.X., Litrownik, A.J., Slymen, D.J., Zavala, F., & Elder, J.P. (2001). Evaluation of a first aid and home safety program for Hispanic Migrant Adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine , 20 , 258-265.

Dubowitz, H., Black, M.M., Cox, C.E., Kerr, M.A., Litrownik, A.J., Radhakrishna, A., English, D.J., Schneider, M.W., & Runyan, D.K. (2001). Father involvement and children’s functioning at Age 6 years: A multisite study. Child Maltreatment , 6 , 300-309.

Elder, J.P., Litrownik, A.J., Slymen, D.J., Campbell, N.R., *Parra-Medina, D., *Choe, S., *Lee, V., & *Ayala, G.X. (2002). Tobacco and alcohol use-prevention program for Hispanic migrant adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine , 23 , 269-275.

Runyan, D.K., & Litrownik, A.J. (2003). Introduction to special issue: LONGSCAN and family violence. Journal of Family Violence , 18 , 1-4.

Litrownik, A.J., Newton, R.Hunter, W.M., English, D., & Everson. M.D. (2003). Exposure to family violence in young at-risk children: A longitudinal look at the effects of victimization and witnessed physical and psychological aggression. Journal of Family Violence , 18 , 59-73.

Litrownik, A.J., Newton, R., *Mitchell, B.E., & *Richardson, K.K . (2003). Long-term follow-up of young children placed in foster care: Subsequent placements and exposure to family violence. Journal of Family Violence, 18, 19-28.

Slymen, D.J., Elder, J.P., Litrownik, A.J., *Ayala, G.X., & Campbell, N.R. (2003).  Some methodological issues in analyzing data from a randomized adolescent tobacco and alcohol use prevention trial.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology , 56 , 332-240.

Lau, A., Litrownik, A., Newton, R., & Landsverk, J. (2003). Going Home: The complex effects of reunification on the psychosocial adjustment of children in foster care. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology , 31 , 345-358.

Dubowitz, H.. Pitts, S., Litrownik, A., Cox, C.E., Runyan, D., & Black, M. (in press) Defining child neglect based on Child Protective Services data. Child Abuse & Neglect .

English, D.J., Graham, J.C., Litrownik, A.J., Everson, M., & Bangdiwala, S.I. (in press). Defining maltreatment chronicity: Are there differences in child outcomes? Child Abuse & Neglect .

English, D., Upadhyaya, M., Litrownik, A.J., Marshall, J., Dubowitz, H., Runyan,. D., & Graham, J.C. (in press). Maltreatment’s wake: The relationship of maltreatment dimensions to child outcomes. Child Abuse & Neglect .

Litrownik, A.J., Lau, A., English, D., Briggs, E., Newton, R., *Romney, S., & Dubowitz, H. (in press). Measuring the severity of child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect .

*Romney, S., Litrownik, A.J., Lau, A.S., & Newton, R.R. (in press). Developmental Delays in maltreated children: placement type and relationship to maltreatment experience. Child Welfare .

*Tripp De Robertis, M., & Litrownik, A.J. (in press). The experience of foster care: Relationship between foster parent disciplinary approaches and aggression in a sample of young foster children. Child Maltreatment .