📰 Publications

Below is a select list of publications from our lab reflecting four areas of interests:  intergenerational impact of maternal trauma, maternal psychopathology and parent-child relationships, mental health among low-income adolescent girls, and racial/ethnic identity & mental health in adolescents and families of color.  Graduate students are marked with a (g).  For a full list of publications, see Dr. Milan’s CV milan cv 2021.

Please reach out if you would like a copy of any. Pubmed also provides free copies of all grant funded publications (go to Milan Stephanie – Search Results – PubMed (nih.gov) and look for Free PMC article in red next to the entry).



Milan, S., Carlone, C. (g), & Dáu, A.L. (g). (2021). Emotion socialization in mothers who experienced maltreatment: Mentalizing the past may help the present. Journal of Family Psychology35(6), 851–856. 10.1037/fam0000839

Milan, S., & Dáu, A. (g) (2021). The role of trauma in mothers’ COVID-19 vaccine beliefs and intentions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology46(5), 526–535. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsab043

Milan S., Carlone, C. (g), Printz, D. (g) & Dominguez Perez, S. (g)  (2020). Understanding children’s emotions: Differences in mothers with a history of childhood maltreatment. Child Maltreatment. doi:10.1177/1077559520972188

Wortel, S. (g) & Milan, S. (2019). Mother–daughter sexual communication: Differences by maternal sexual victimization history. Child Maltreatment24(3), 319–323. 10.1177/1077559519828063

Milan, S., Ramirez, J.(g), & Carlone, C.(g) (2017). Seeing through your daughter’s eyes: Maltreatment history is associated with maternal meta‐accuracy. Personal Relationships, doi:10.1111/pere.12215

Ramirez, J.(g) & Milan, S. (2016). Childhood sexual abuse moderates the relationship between obesity and mental health in low-income women. Child Maltreatment, 21, 85-89. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559515611246

Milan, S., Lewis, J., Ethier, K., Kershaw, T., & Ickovics, J. R. (2004). The Impact of Physical Maltreatment History on the Adolescent Mother-Infant Relationship: Mediating and Moderating Effects During the Transition to Early Parenthood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology32(3), 249–261. 10.1023/b:jacp.0000026139.01671.fd

Milan, S. E., & Pinderhughes, E. E. (2000). Factors influencing maltreated children’s early adjustment in foster care. Development and Psychopathology12(1), 63–81. 10.1017/s0954579400001048



Carlone, C. (g) & Milan, S. (2021). Maternal depression and child externalizing behaviors: The role of attachment across development in low-income families. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology49(5), 603–614. 10.1007/s10802-020-00747-z

Derella, O. J. (g) & Milan, S. (2021). I felt like a terrible mom: Parenting-related cognitive processes maintaining maternal depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02053-8

Dáu, A. L. (g) & Milan, S. (2021). Maternal borderline symptoms, parent–child relationship patterns, and child maladjustment. Child & Youth Care Forum. Https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-021-09624-2

Carlone, C. (g) & Milan, S. (2020). Does your child need therapy? Maternal reflective functioning and perceived need for and use of child mental health treatment. Attachment & Human Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2020.1734641

Milan, S. & Carlone, C.  (g) (2018). A two-way street: Mothers’ and adolescent daughters’ depression and PTSD symptoms jointly predict dyadic behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology32(8), 1097–1108. 10.1037/fam0000467

Milan, S., Wortel, S. (g), Ramirez, J. (g) & Oshin, L. (g) (2017). Depressive symptoms in mothers and daughters: Attachment style moderates reporter agreement. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology45(1), 171–182. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-016-0156-6

Milan, S., Snow, S. (g) & Belay, S(g) (2009). Depressive symptoms in mothers and children: Preschool attachment as a moderator of risk. Developmental Psychology45(4), 1019–1033. 10.1037/a0016164



Milan, S. & Dominguez Perez, S. (g) (2021). Body surveillance as a prospective risk factor for depressive symptoms in low-income adolescent girls from the United States. Body Image, 36, 214-217. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.12.001

Milan, S. & Carlone, C.  (g) (2018). A two-way street: Mothers’ and adolescent daughters’ depression and PTSD symptoms jointly predict dyadic behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology32(8), 1097–1108. 10.1037/fam0000467

Ohannessian, C. M., Milan, S., & Vannucci, A. (2017). Gender differences in anxiety trajectories from middle to late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(4), 826-839. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0619-7

Ramirez, J.(g), & Milan, S. (2016). Perceived size of friends and weight evaluation among low-income adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10.1007/s10865-015-9682-x

Milan, S., & Wortel, S. (g). (2015). Family obligation values as a protective and vulnerability factor among low-income adolescent girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence44(6), 1183–1193. 10.1007/s10964-014-0206-8

Milan, S., & Acker, J. (g)., (2014). Early attachment quality moderates eating disorder risk among adolescent girls. Psychology & Health29(8), 896–914. 10.1080/08870446.2014.896463

Milan, S., Zona, K. (g) & Snow, S. (g) (2013). Pathways to adolescent internalizing: Early attachment insecurity as a lasting source of vulnerability. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology42(3), 371–383. 10.1080/15374416.2012.736357

Milan, S., Zona, K. (g), Acker, J. (g). & Turcios-Cotto, V. (g). (2013). Prospective risk factors for adolescent PTSD: Sources of differential exposure and differential vulnerability. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology41(2), 339–353. 10.1007/s10802-012-9677-9

Zona, K. (g) & Milan, S. (2011). Gender differences in the longitudinal impact of exposure to violence on mental health in urban youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence40(12), 1674–1690. 10.1007/s10964-011-9649-3

Ickovics, J. R., Meade, C. S., Kershaw, T. S., Milan, S., Lewis, J. B., & Ethier, K. A. (2006). Urban teens: Trauma, posttraumatic growth, and emotional distress among female adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology74(5), 841–850. 10.1037/0022-006X.74.5.841



Printz Pereira, D. (g), Dominguez Perez, S.(g), & Milan, S. (2023). U.S. mothers’ appraisals of the race-related events of 2020: Implications for the course of maternal posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Journal of traumatic stress36(2), 272–284. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22904

Oshin, L. (g)., Milan, S., Wolff, J. (2021) Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in Attitudes toward Psychotherapy on an Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 6:4, 490-496, DOI: 10.1080/23794925.2021.1981180

Oshin, L. (g) & Milan, S. (2019). My strong, Black daughter: Racial/ethnic differences in the attributes mothers value for their daughters. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology25(2), 179–187. 10.1037/cdp0000206

Halgunseth, L. C., Milan, S., Hynes, K., Melendez-Rhodes, T., & Reid, A. (2019). Depression as a moderator in the relation between mothers’ and daughters’ ethnic identity commitment. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology25(4), 598–603. 10.1007/s10802-016-0156-6

Ramirez, J., (g)., Oshin, L., (g) & Milan, S. (2017). Imagining her future: Diversity in mothers’ socialization goals for their adolescent daughters. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology48(4), 593–610. DOI: 10.1177/0022022117696802

Hannay, J., Dudley, R. Milan, S., & Leibovitz, P. (2013).  Combining photovoice and focus groups: Engaging Latina teens in community assessment.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44, 215-224. 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.11.011

Turcios-Cotto, V. Y. (g) & Milan, S. (2013). Racial/ethnic differences in the educational expectations of adolescents: Does pursuing higher education mean something different to Latino students compared to White and Black students? Journal of Youth and Adolescence42(9), 1399–1412. 10.1007/s10964-012-9845-9

Milan, S., Snow, S (g)., & Belay, S. (g). (2007). The context of preschool children’s sleep: Racial/ethnic differences in sleep locations, routines, and concerns. Journal of Family Psychology21(1), 20–28. 10.1037/0893-3200.21.1.20

Milan, S., Ethier, K., Lewis, J., Kershaw, T., Niccolai, L., & Ickovics, J. (2006). Reproductive health of urban adolescents: Differences in the behaviors, cognitions, and social context of African-American and Puerto Rican females. Journal of Youth and Adolescence35(6), 959–967. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/10.1007/s10964-006-9084-z

Milan, S., & Keiley, M. K. (2000). Biracial youth and families in therapy: Issues and interventions. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy26(3), 305–315. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2000.tb00300.x