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Alissa Huth-Bocks


Alissa Huth-Bocks 301P Science Complex




Ph.D. Michigan State University

M.A. Michigan State University

B.A. University of Michigan

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Huth-Bocks' primary clinical and research interests are in the broad areas of early developmental psychopathology, parenting, and attachment relationships (e.g., mother-infant attachment, intergenerational transmission of attachment).
Her current research focuses on the impact of psychosocial risk factors during and after pregnancy, such as trauma, depression, economic disadvantage, and insecure attachment, on infant development, mother-infant attachment, and maternal and infant stress response. Dr. Huth-Bocks' teaches developmental psychology, child and adolescent psychopathology, interpersonal processes in psychotherapy, and provides clinical supervision at the EMU Psychology Clinic.

Dr. Huth-Bocks' CV

Lab Contacts and Relevant Information
The Parenting Project office: 348 Science, 734 487-2238.

Selected Publications

Porcerelli, J., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Huprich, S., & Richardson, L.  (In press). Maturity of defensive mechanisms of pregnant mothers predict attachment security, social/emotional competence, and behavioral problems in their two year olds.  American Journal of Psychiatry.

Guyon-Harris, K.L., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Lauterbach, D., & Janisse, H. (2015). Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms across the birth of a child: Associations with toddler emotional development. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

Gallagher, E., Huth-Bocks, A.C, & Schmitt, T. (2015). The impact of mothers’ relationship quality and parenting on children’s peer relationships. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 421-442.

Stacks, A.M., Muzik, M., Wong, K., Beeghly, M., Huth-Bocks, A.C, Irwin, J., & Rosenblum, K.L. (2014). Maternal reflective functioning among mothers with childhood maltreatment histories:  Links to sensitive parenting and infant attachment security. Attachment & Human Development, 16, 515-533.

Huth-Bocks, A.C., Muzik, M., Beeghly, M.J., Earls, L., & Stacks, A.M. (2014). Secure base scripts are associated with maternal parenting behaviors across contexts and reflective functioning among trauma-exposed mothers.  Attachment & Human Development, 16, 535-566.

Ahlfs-Dunn, S. & Huth-Bocks, A.C.  (2014). Intimate partner violence and infant social-emotional development: The moderating effects of maternal trauma symptoms. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35, 322-335.

Busuito, A., Huth-Bocks, A.C., & Puro, E. (2014). Romantic attachment as a moderator of the association between childhood abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Journal of Family Violence, 29, 567-577.

Huth-Bocks, A.C. , Krause, K., Ahlfs-Dunn, S., Gallagher, E., & Scott, S. (2013). Relational trauma and posttraumatic stress symptoms among pregnant women. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 277-302.

Ahlfs-Dunn, S. & Huth-Bocks, A.C. (2012). Psychological violence against women by intimate partners: The use of children to victimize their mothers. In H.R. Cunningham and W.F. Berry (Eds.), Handbook on the Psychology of Violence, pp. 123-144. Nova Science Publishers, New York: NY.

Huth-Bocks, A.C. , Theran, S.A., Levendosky, A.A., & Bogat, G.A. (2011). A social-contextual understanding of concordance and discordance between maternal prenatal representations and infant-mother attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal , 32, 1-22.

Levendosky, A.A., Bogat, G.A., & Huth-Bocks, A.C. (2011). The influence of domestic violence on the development of the attachment relationship between mother and young child. Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28, 512-517.

Huth-Bocks, A.C. , Theran, S.A., Levendosky, A.A., & Bogat, G.A. (2011). Concordance and discordance between maternal representations of the infant during pregnancy and infant-mother attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal,32,1-22.

Levendosky, A.A., Bogat, G.A, Huth-Bocks, A.C. , & Rosenblum, K. (2011). The effects of domestic violence on the stability of attachment from infancy to preschool. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 398-410.

Huth-Bocks, A.C., Earls, L., Latack, J. (2011). Infant-parent relationship disturbance in the context of intimate partner violence: A clinical case study of James. In S.A. Graham-Berman & A.A. Levendosky (Eds.), pp. 67-83. How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Children: Developmental Research, Case Studies, and Evidence-Based Treatment. Washington, DC: APA books.

Gallagher, E., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Levendosky, A.A. (2009). Parenting in the context of domestic violence: Unique stresses and outcomes. In P.H. Krause & T.M. Dailey (Eds.), pp. 291-314.Handbook of Parenting: Styles, Stresses, & Strategies. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

Huth-Bocks, A.C., Hughes, H.M. (2008). The impact of parenting stress and parenting behavior on children's adjustment in families experiencing domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 243-251.

Hughes, H.M., & Huth-Bocks, A.C. (2007). Variations in parenting stress in African-American battered women: Implications for children's adjustment and family intervention. European Psychologist, 12, 62-71.

Theran, S. A., Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Huth-Bocks, A. C. (2005). Stability and change in mothers’ internal representations of their infants over time. Attachment and Human Development, 7, 253-268.

Huth-Bocks, A. C., Levendosky, A. A., G. A. Bogat, & von Eye, A. (2004). The impact of maternal characteristics and contextual variables on infant-mother attachment. Child Development, 75, 480-496.

Huth-Bocks, A. C., Levendosky, A. A., Theran, S., & Bogat, G. A. (2004). The impact of domestic violence on mothers’ prenatal representations of their infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 25, 79-98.

Levendosky, A. A., Huth-Bocks, A. C., Shapiro, D. A., & Semel, M. A. (2003). The impact of domestic violence on the maternal child relationship and preschool-age children’s functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 275-287.

Huth-Bocks, A. C., Levendosky, A. A., & Bogat, G. A. (2002). The effects of domestic violence during pregnancy on maternal and infant health. Violence and Victims, 17, 169-185.

Levendosky, A. A., Huth-Bocks, A., & Semel, M. A. (2002). Adolescent peer relationships and mental health functioning in families with domestic violence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 31, 206-218.

Levendosky, A. A., Huth-Bocks, A., Semel, M. A., & Shapiro, D. A. (2002). Trauma symptoms in preschool-age children exposed to domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, 150-164.

Huth-Bocks, A. C., Levendosky, A. A., & Semel, M. A. (2001). The direct and indirect effects of domestic violence on young children’s intellectual functioning. Journal of Family Violence, 16, 269-290.

Courses Taught

PSY 321 Child Psychology
PSY 744 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
PSY 751/731 Interpersonal Processes in Psychotherapy