Dante Cicchetti

McKnight Presidential Chair, William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry
Ph.D., 1977, University of Minnesota

Institute of Child Development
102 ChDev
51 E River Parkway

Curriculum Vitae

Developmental psychopathology, child maltreatment, developmental neuroscience, gene-environment interplay, epigenetics, mood disorders, personality disorders, Multilevel Randomized Control Trial (RCT) preventive interventions to inform developmental theory, genetic and epigenetic moderation of intervention outcome.

Professor Cicchetti's major research interests lie in the formulation of an integrative developmental theory that can account for both normal and abnormal forms of ontogenesis. His work has several foci: 1) a multiple levels of analysis developmental psychopathology perspective; 2) the developmental consequences of child maltreatment; 3) neural plasticity and sensitive periods; 4) the impact of traumatic experiences upon brain development; 5) the biology and psychology of unipolar and bipolar mood disorders; 6) the study of attachment relations and representational models of the self and its disorders across the life span; 7) multilevel perspectives on resilience; 8) multilevel evaluations of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) interventions for depressed and maltreated children and adolescents; and 9) epigenetics.

Cicchetti holds a joint appointment in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s psychiatry department. He holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the William Harris Endowed Chair.

Before joining the College, Cicchetti was the Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, N.Y. Cicchetti received a doctorate in clinical psychology and child development from the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology and Institute of Child Development in 1977. He was on the faculty of Harvard University where he served as the Norman Tishman Associate Professor of Psychology until he left for the University of Rochester in 1985. At Rochester, Cicchetti launched four major initiatives that have defined and established developmental psychopathology and directed Mt. Hope Family Center for over 20 years.

He has received a number of awards, including several honors from the American Psychological Association (APA). In 1999 he received both the APA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Clinical Child Psychology Award and the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Significant Contributions to Child Advocacy and Social Policy. He also received the APA Senior Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (2004). Finally, he has received three of the highest honors of the Developmental Division of the APA: the G. Stanley Hall Award for Significant Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology (2005); the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society (2006); and the Mentorship Award (2008).  In addition, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development and was bestowed the honor of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), both in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and the Association for Psychological Science’s 2014 James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research.

Selected Publications

  1. [Current and former student names are in bold typeface]

    (in press)

    Cicchetti, D. & Rogosch, F. A. (in press). Genetic moderation of child maltreatment effects on depression and internalizing symptoms by 5-HTTLPR, BDNF, NET, and CRHR1 genes in African-American children. Development and Psychopathology.

    Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (in press). A multilevel perspective on child maltreatment.  In M. Lamb & C. Garcia Coll (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, 7th ed., Vol. 3: Socioemotional process. New York: Wiley.

    Cicchetti, D., Toth, S. L., & Handley, E. D. (in press). Genetic moderation of interpersonal psychotherapy efficacy for low-income mothers with major depressive disorder: Evidence for vantage sensitivity. Development and Psychopathology.

    Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (in press). The genetic precursors and the advantageous and disadvantageous sequelae of inhibited temperament: An evolutionary perspective. Developmental Psychology.         


    Cicchetti, D. (2014). Illustrative developmental psychopathology perspectives on precursors and pathways to personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders. 28, 172-179

    Cicchetti, D. & Murray-Close, D. (Eds.) (2014). The Legacy of Dr. Nicki R. Crick [Special Issue]. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 557-877.

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Hecht, K. F., Crick, N. R., & Hetzel, S. (2014). Moderation of maltreatment effects on childhood borderline personality symptoms by gender and oxytocin receptor and FK506 binding protein 5 genes. Development and Psychopathology, 26(3), 831-849. doi: 10.1017/S095457941400042X

    Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (2014). How and why does the 5-HTTLPR gene moderate associations between maternal unresponsiveness and children’s problems? Child Development, 85(2), 484-500. doi: 10.111/cdev.12148

    Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., Hentges, R. F. (2014 online). Maternal unresponsiveness and child disruptive problems: The interplay of uninhibited temperament and dopamine transporter genes. Child Development.

    Hostinar, C. E., Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2014). Oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphism, perceived social support, and psychological symptoms in maltreated adolescents.  Development and Psychopathology, 26, 465-477.

    Markant, J., Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., & Thomas, K. M. (2014). Contributions of COMT Val158 Met to Cognitive Flexibility in Infancy. Developmental Science. 17(3). 396-411. Doi: 10.1111/desc. 12128.

    Markant, J., Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., & Thomas, K. M. (2014). The relationship of dopaminergic polymorphisms to spatial attention during infancy. Developmental Psychology.  50, 360-369.


    Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (2013). 25th Anniversary Special Issue - Development and Psychopathology: A vision realized. Development and Psychopathology 25(4pt2), 1199-1653. doi: 10.1017/S0954579413000552

    Cicchetti, D. (2013). Developmental psychopathology. In P. Zelazo (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 455-480). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Cicchetti, D. (2013). Resilient functioning in maltreated children: Past, present, and future perspectives. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 402-422.

    Curtis, W. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Affective facial expression processing in 15 month-old infants who have experienced maltreatment: An event-related potential study. Child Maltreatment, 18, 140-154.

    Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., Hentges, R. F., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2013). The genetic precursors and the advantageous and disadvantageous sequelae of inhibited temperament: An evolutionary perspective. Developmental Psychology, 49, 2285-2300. doi: 10.1037/a0032312

    Kim-Spoon, J., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). A longitudinal study of emotion regulation, emotion lability/negativity, and internalizing symptomatology in maltreated and nonmaltreated children. Child Development, 84, 297-312.

    Pickreign Stronach, E., Toth, S. L., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Preventive interventions and sustained attachment security in maltreated children: A 12-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 919-930.

    Raby, K. L., Cicchetti, D., Carlson, E. A., Egeland, B., & Collins, W. A.  (2013). Genetic contributions to continuity and change in attachment security: A prospective longitudinal investigation from infancy to young adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 54(11). 1223-30. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12093

    Toth, S. L., Gravener-Davis, J. A., Guild, D. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Relational interventions for child maltreatment: Past, present, & future perspectives. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4pt2). 1601-1617. doi: 10.1017/S0954579413000795

  2. 2012

    Alink, L. R. A., Cicchetti, D., Kim, J., & Rogosch, F. A. (2012). Longitudinal associations among child maltreatment, social functioning, and cortisol regulation. Developmental Psychology, 48, 224-236. doi: 10.1037/a0024892. PMCID: PMC3400182.

    Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2012). Gene by Environment interaction and resilience: Effects of child maltreatment and serotonin, corticotropin releasing hormone, dopamine, and oxytocin genes. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 411-427.

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Thibodeau, E. L. (2012). The effects of child maltreatment on early signs of antisocial behavior: Genetic moderation by Tryptophan Hydroxylase, Serotonin Transporter, and Monoamine Oxidase-A-Genes. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 907-928.

    Dackis, M. N., Rogosch, F. A., Oshri, A., & Cicchetti, D. (2012). The role of limbic system irritability in linking history of childhood maltreatment and psychiatric outcomes in low-income, high-risk women: Moderation by FKBP5. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 1237–1252.

    Grigorenko, E. L., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2012). The contribution of genetic/genomic sciences to developmental psychopathology [Special Issue]. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 1157-1451.

    Raby, K. L., Cicchetti, D., Carlson, E. A., Cutuli, J. J., Englund, M. M., & Egeland, B. (2012). Genetic and caregiving contributions to infant attachment: Unique associations with distress reactivity and attachment security. Psychological Science, 23, 1016-1023.

    Sturge-Apple, M. L., Cicchetti, D., Davies, P. T., & Suor, J. H. (2012). Differential susceptibility in spillover between interparental conflict and maternal parenting: Evidence for OXTR and 5-HTT genes. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 431-442.


    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Oshri, A. (2011). Interactive effects of corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 1, serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region, and child maltreatment on diurnal cortisol regulation and internalizing symptomatology. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 1125-1138.   

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Toth, S. L. (2011). The effects of child maltreatment and polymorphisms of the serotonin transporter and dopamine D4 receptor genes on infant attachment and intervention efficacy. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 357-372.

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Toth, S. L., & Sturge-Apple, M. L. (2011). Normalizing the development of cortisol regulation in maltreated infants through preventive interventions. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 789-800.

    Rogosch, F. A., Dackis, M. N., & Cicchetti, D. (2011).  Child maltreatment and allostatic load: Consequences for physical and mental health in children from low-income families. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 1107-1124.

    Toth, S. L., Pickreign Stronach, E., Rogosch, F. A., Caplan, R., & Cicchetti, D. (2011). Illogical thinking and thought disorder in maltreated children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50, 659-668.

    Valentino, K., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Toth, S.L. (2011). Mother-child play and maltreatment: A longitudinal analysis of emerging social behavior from infancy to toddlerhood. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1280-1294.

  3. 2010

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Gunnar, M. R., & Toth, S. L. (2010). The differential impacts of early abuse on internalizing problems and diurnal cortisol activity in school-aged children. Child Development, 25, 252-269.

    Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Howe, M. L., & Toth, S. L. (2010). The effects of maltreatment on neuroendocrine regulation and memory performance. Child Development, 81(5), 1504-1519.

    Masten, A. S., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2010). Developmental Cascades [Special Issue, Part 1], Development and Psychopathology, 22(3), 491-715; Part 2, 22(4), 717-983.

    Miklowitz, D. J., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2010). Bipolar disorder: A developmental psychopathology approach.  New York: Guilford.

    Rogosch, F. A., Oshri, A., & Cicchetti, D. (2010). From child maltreatment to adolescent cannabis abuse and dependence: A developmental cascade model. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 883-897.


    Cicchetti, D. & Crick, N. R. (Eds.) (2009). Precursors of and diverse pathways to personality disorder in children and adolescents, [Special Issue], Development and Psychopathology, Part 1,21(3), 683-1030; Part 2, 21(4), 1031-1381.

    Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2009). A developmental psychopathology perspective on adolescent depression. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema & L. Hilt (Eds.) Handbook of Adolescent Depression (pp. 3-31). New York: Taylor & Francis.

    Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2009). The past achievements and future promises of developmental psychopathology: The coming of age of a discipline. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 16-25.

    Toth, S. L., Rogosch, F. A., Sturge-Apple, M., & Cicchetti, D. (2009).  Maternal depression, children’s attachment security, and representational development: An organizational perspective. Child Development, 80, 192-208. NIHMS88728, PMC 88728.


    Thomas, K., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2008). Imaging brain systems in normality and psychopathology [Special Issue]. Development and Psychopathology, 20(4), 1023-1349.


    Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (2006). Developmental psychopathology: Theory and method (Vol. 1, 2, 3, 2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.

    Cicchetti, D., & Curtis, W. J. (2006). The developing brain and neural plasticity: Implications for normality, psychopathology, and resilience. In D. Cicchetti & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Developmental neuroscience (Vol. 2, 2nd ed., pp. 1-64). New York: Wiley.


    Curtis, W. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2003). Moving research on resilience into the 21st century: Theoretical and methodological considerations in examining the biological contributors to resilience. Development and Psychopathology, 15, 773-810.


    Cicchetti, D. (2002). The impact of social experience on neurobiological systems: Illustration from a constructivist view of child maltreatment. Cognitive Development, 17, 1407-1428.

    Cicchetti, D. (2002). How a child builds a brain: Insights from normality and psychopathology. In W. Hartup & R. Weinberg (Eds.), Minnesota symposia on child psychology: Child psychology in retrospect and prospect (Vol. 32, pp. 23-71). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.