Dr. Skowron is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and is a research scientist in the Center for Translational Neuroscience. She studied family systems and the process of family therapy while obtaining her Ph.D. at SUNY Albany. After a pre-doctoral internship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology at the University of California, San Francisco's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, including the Irving B. Harris-funded Child Trauma Project at San Francisco General Hospital (Dr. Alicia Lieberman; Director) evaluating attachment-based child-parent psychotherapy for mothers and preschool children from violent families. A former Fulbright Scholar (Ireland, 2009-2010), she is on the editorial boards of several journals and serves on a standing NIH scientific review panel. Her current research investigates the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in strengthening biological and behavioral markers of emotion regulation and self-control in parents and their children, for family violence prevention.
The research of Elizabeth Skowron, PhD, focuses on clarifying the individual and joint contributions of neurobiology and environment to the development of self-regulation and school readiness in at-risk children. Her research also focuses on understanding the neurobiology of parenting at risk and mechanisms of change in interventions that are effective for supporting positive, healthy parenting and reducing child maltreatment. She and her research team use physiological, behavioral, and microanalytic coding techniques to model data streams in individual and dyadic family processes that are associated with neurobehavioral outcomes. Current projects underway involve delivering an evidence-based parenting program and identifying the neurobiological bases of change that support to more nurturing and positive parenting and secure parent-children relationships in families struggling with child abuse and neglect.
Dr. Skowron is not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2020.