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Maureen Zalewski Regnier

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-7053
  • Office: 325 Straub Hall
  • Interests: Clinical, Developmental Psychopathology, Parental Psychopathology, Maternal Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion Regulation, HPA-Axis
  • Website: Website

Research Interests and Publications

Dr. Zalewski is interested in risk factors that predict the development of emotion regulation and profiles of disrupted HPA-axis responding in children and adolescents. She focuses on broader cumulative risk factors as well as more proximal risk factors such as parenting behaviors of mothers with psychopathology. Specifically, she focuses on mothers with symptoms of borderline personality disorder, as many of these individuals struggle with emotion dysregulation and have childhood trauma histories, both of which are known parenting risk factors.

Furthermore, Dr. Zalewski is formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence based approach to treating individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other disorders involving high emotional dysregulation. She is currently involved in a pilot intervention adapting DBT for mothers with BPD. She supervises a DBT Skills practicum at the University of Oregon Psychology Training Clinic.

Dr. Zalewski will not be accepting new master's students for Fall 2017.

Selected publications:

Zalewski, M., Stepp, S.D., Whalen, D.J., & Scott, L.N. (epud ahead of print). A qualitative assessment of parenting challenges and treatment needs of mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Zalewski, M., Stepp, S.D., Scott, L.N., Whalen, D.J., Beeney, J.E., & Hipwell, A.E. (2014). Maternal borderline personality disorder symptoms and the parenting of adolescent girls. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Zalewski, M., & Lengua, L.J. Extending research on parenting in mothers diagnosed with BPD: Commentary on Stepp et al. (2012). Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3(1), 101-103.

Zalewski, M., Lengua, L.J., Kiff, C.J., & Fisher, P.A. (2012). Understanding the relation of low income to HPA-axis functioning in preschool children: Cumulative family adversity and parenting as pathways to disruptions in cortisol. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 43(6), 924-942.

Zalewski, M., Lengua, L.J., Long, A.C., Bazinet, A. & Trancik, A. (2011). Emotion regulation profiles, temperament, and adjustment problems in pre-adolescents. Child Development, 82(3), 951-966.

Kiff, C.J., Lengua, L.J., & Zalewski, M. (2011). Nature and nurture: parenting in the context of child temperament individual differences. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14, 251-301.