Core Child Clinical Faculty

  • Marianne Barton, Ph.D. (marianne.barton@uconn.edu) Dr. Barton is a child clinical psychologist with particular expertise in infancy and early childhood, including developmental psychopathology, attachment patterns in children and adults, and treatment of relationship disorders. She is director of the Psychological Services Clinic.
  • Jeff Burke, Ph.D. Dr. Burke studies the development of the disruptive behavior disorders from childhood into adulthood.  His current work is focused on describing chronic irritability and its role in predicting mood and anxiety disorders.  Additionally, Dr. Burke studies treatment for the behavioral disorders, and processes related to service engagement. Dr. Burke’s work often involves the application of statistical models appropriate for count data, for modeling clustered and nested observations, and for measuring latent classification and latent growth processes.
  • Inge-Marie Eigsti, Ph.D. (inge-marie.eigsti@uconn.edu). My research addresses a fundamental challenge in ASD: how to map complex behavioral constructs, such as social communication deficits, onto mechanistic processes in the brain. We primarily target low-level (and particularly non-social) cognitive processes, such as working memory and auditory processing, that may not be specific to the ASD diagnosis, but that can be linked to genetic, neurophysiological or neuroanatomical domains, and that impact socio-communicative behavior. The aim is to better understand the pathology of ASD by linking research at the molecular level (genetics), at the neurofunctional level (brain imaging), and at the behavioral level (symptomatology): We aim to connect complex behaviors to underlying genetic mechanisms. Visit my website (linked on my name) for more information.
  • Deborah Fein, Ph.D. (deborah.fein@uconn.edu). Dr. Fein is interested in neuropsychology with adults and children, although most of her current research concerns children. In particular, she has investigated various neuropsychologic aspects of autism, including neuropeptides, evoked potentials, language, memory, affect processing, sensory processing, and early detection. Current projects involve early detection, treatment outcomes, oxytocin, affect processing, and early language development.
  • Stephanie Milan, Ph.D. (Stephanie.milan@uconn.edu). Dr. Milan’s research aims to better understand processes that underlie intergenerational continuities of psychopathology and family violence using developmental psychopathology and attachment theory as guiding frameworks. Current studies focus on understanding the cultural and relational context of adolescent disparities in physical and mental health and identifying interpersonal characteristics of high-risk mother-child dyads that may be amenable to intervention.
  • Kimberli Treadwell, Ph.D. (kimberli.treadwell@uconn.edu). Dr. Treadwell is interested in cognitive processes in childhood anxiety, moderators and mediators of treatment, and efficacy of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Dr. Treadwell’s primary teaching assignment is at the Waterbury campus (about 90 minutes from Storrs).