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Rina D. Eiden

Rina D. Eiden

Professor of Psychology; Consortium for Combating Substance Abuse. Associate Editor of Child Development.

256 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-7767

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., 1992, University of Maryland


Dr. Eiden’s research focuses on understanding developmental trajectories among children at risk for maladjustment due to multiple adversities linked to parental substance abuse, as well as early childhood interventions designed to ameliorate these risks and promote competence. Her studies, many of which follow cohorts of children across multiple developmental stages (e.g., birth to adolescence), seek to understand developmental mechanisms that may explain the association between parental risk factors and child outcomes (e.g., infant-parent attachment, parent-child self-regulation, individual differences in children’s autonomic and stress reactivity, and immune/inflammatory mechanisms).  She has a particular interest in prenatal and early childhood interventions for substance using parents, with the goal of promoting family health, including positive developmental cascades for children. Current projects include a randomized clinical trial to promote co-parenting and reduce father hazardous drinking in expectant parents; a translational (human-animal) study of prenatal tobacco and cannabis exposure effects on middle childhood outcomes in a sample recruited in pregnancy; developmental pathways to violence, victimization, and substance use in a sample exposed to cocaine and other substances in utero; a collaborative study on the effects of prenatal cocaine on early brain functional connectivity and behavior; and collaborations on two randomized clinical trials:  to enhance alternatives to eating in infancy and to prevent postpartum smoking relapse by breastfeeding promotion.

Recent Publications:

Wen X, Eiden R.D., Justicia-Linde FE, Wang Y, Higgins ST, Thor N, Haghdel A, Peters AR, Epstein LH. (2019). A multicomponent behavioral intervention for smoking cessation during pregnancy: a non-concurrent multiple baseline design. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 9, 308-318. PMCID: PMC6610210.

Wen X., Eiden R.D., Justicia-Linde F.E., Wang Y, Higgins S.T., Kong K.K., Shittu A, Perkins J.M., Esadah P, Mautner T, Epstein L.H. (2019). Reducing fetal origins of childhood obesity through maternal smoking cessation during pregnancy: an intervention study. International Journal of Obesity, 43 (7): 1435-1439. (PMID: 30518822)

De Genna, N.M., Stroud, L.R., Eiden, R.D. (2019). Co-use of tobacco and marijuana during pregnancy: Impact on nervous system development. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 74, 106807.

Ettekal, I., Eiden, R. D., Nickerson, A. B., Molnar, D. S., & Schuetze, P. (2019). Developmental cascades to children’s conduct problems: The role of prenatal substance use, socioeconomic adversity, maternal depression and sensitivity, and children’s conscience. Development and Psychopathology, (Epub ahead of print), 1-19. PMCID: PMC6675677.

Schuetze, P., Zhao, J., Eiden, R.D., Shisler, S., Huestis, M.A. (2019). Prenatal exposure to tobacco and marijuana and child autonomic regulation and reactivity: An analysis of indirect pathways via maternal psychopathology and parenting. Developmental Psychobiology. doi: 10.1002/dev.2184

Ettekal, I., Eiden, R.D., Schuetze, P., & Nickerson, A. (2019). Comparing alternative methods of measuring cumulative risk based on multiple risk indicators: Are there differential effects on children’s externalizing problems? PLOS One, 14, 7, e0219134.

Eiden, R.D., Schuetze, P., *Shisler, S., & Huestis, M.A. (2018). Prenatal exposure to tobacco and cannabis: Effects on autonomic and emotion regulation. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 68, 47-56. PMCID: PMC6161361

Eiden, R.D., *Zhao, J., *Casey, M., Schuetze, P., *Shisler, S., Colder, C.R. (2018). Pre-and postnatal tobacco and cannabis exposure and child behavior problems: Bidirectional associations, joint effects, and sex differences. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 185, 82-92. PMCID: PMC5889743

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