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Martha Wadsworth

Martha Wadsworth

Professor of Psychology

216 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-2878


  1. Ph.D., University of Vermont, 2001


Research Interests

Martha Wadsworth is interested in basic and applied research on the role of stress and coping processes in developmental psychopathology. In particular, she focuses on children at elevated risk for problems resulting from family adversity, especially poverty. Martha’s research involves the search for malleable protective factors that can be harnessed in prevention and treatment with children and families in poverty. Her research involves multiple levels of analysis and multiple methods, including physiologic, experimental, observational, and multi-informant methods to measure the effects of different types of coping with poverty-related stress in lab studies and intervention trials.

Selected Publications

Diemer, M., Mistry, R., Wadsworth, M.E., Lopez, I., & Riemers, F. (accepted). A Primer on Social Class: Conceptual, Empirical, and Measurement Issues in Psychological Research. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Wadsworth, M.E. (2012). Working with low-income families: Insights from applied and basic research on coping with poverty-related stress. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 42, 17-26.

Wolff, B.C., Wadsworth, M.E., Wilhelm, F.H., & Mauss, I.B. (2012). Parasympathetic Reactivity Prevents Sympathetic Reactivity in Supportive Contexts: Evidence for PolyVagal Theory.  Development and Psychopathology, 24, 677-689.
Santiago, C.D., Etter, E.M., Wadsworth, M.E., & Raviv, T. (2012). Predictors of Responses to Stress Among Families Coping with Poverty-related Stress. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 25, 239-258
Mistry, R.S. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2011). Family Functioning and Child Development in the Context of Poverty. Prevention Researcher, 18(4), 11-15.

Wadsworth, M.E., Raviv, T., Santiago, C.D., & Moran, E.G. (2011).Testing the Adaptation to Poverty-related Stress Model: Predicting Psychopathology Symptoms in Families Facing Economic Hardship. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 646-657.

Wadsworth, M.E. & Markman, H.J. (2011). Where’s the Action? Understanding What Works and Why in Relationship Education. Behavior Therapy.

Wadsworth, M.E., Santiago, C.D., Einhorn, L., Moran, E.G., Rienks, S., & Markman, H.J. (2011). Preliminary Efficacy of an Intervention to Reduce Psychosocial Stress and Improve Coping in Low-Income Families. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 257-271.  

Santiago, C.D. & Wadsworth, M.E. (2011). Family and Cultural influences on Low-income Latino Youths' Coping and Adjustment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 332-337.

Santiago, C., Wadsworth, M.E., & Stump, J. (2011). Socioeconomic Status, Neighborhood Disadvantage, and Poverty-related stress: Longitudinal Effects on Psychological Syndromes among Diverse Low-income Families. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32, 218-230.

Rienks, S.L., Wadsworth, M.E., Markman, H.J., Einhorn, L. & Moran, EG. (2011). Father Involvement in an Ethnically Diverse Low-Income Sample: Baseline Associations and Changes Resulting from Preventive Intervention. Family Relations, 60, 191-204.

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