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) developmental psychopathology; 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) a multiple levels of analysis perspective on the interrelationships among molecular genetic, neurobiological, socio-emotional, cognitive, linguistic and representational development in normal and pathological populations; 7) the study of attachment relations and representational models of the self and its disorders across the life span; 8) multilevel perspectives on resilience; 9) multilevel evaluations of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) interventions for depressed and maltreated children and adolescents; and 10) 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, with minors in behavior genetics, neuroscience and psychophysiology, 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.

Cicchetti has published over 450 articles, books, and journal Special Issues that have had far-reaching impact on developmental theory as well as science, policy, and practice related to child maltreatment, depression, mental retardation, and numerous other domains of development.

Selected Publications

  1. (in press)

    Cicchetti, D. (in press). The legacy of Development and Psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 25.

    Cicchetti, D. (Ed.) (in press). 25th Anniversary Special Issue - Development and Psychopathology: A Vision Realized. Development and Psychopathology, 25.

    Cicchetti, D., & Banny, A. (in press). A developmental psychopathology perspective on child maltreatment. In M. Lewis & K. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of developmental psychopathology. New York: Springer.

    Cicchetti, D., & Ng, R. (in press). Emotional development in maltreated children. In K. H. Lagatutta, Children and emotion: New Insights into developmental affective science. Basel: Karger. DOI: 10.1159/000354349

    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.

    Davies, P. T., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). How and why does the 5-HTTLPR gene moderate associations between maternal unresponsiveness and children’s problems? Child Development.

    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.

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

    Markant, J., Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., & Thomas, K. M. (in press). Contributions of COMT Val158 Met to Cognitive Flexibility in Infancy. Developmental Science.

    Markant, J., Cicchetti, D., Hetzel, S., & Thomas, K. M. (in press). The relationship of dopaminergic polymorphisms to spatial attention during infancy. Developmental Psychology.  

    Raby, K. L., Cicchetti, D., Carlson, E. A., Egeland, B., & Collins, W. A.  (in press). Genetic contributions to continuity and change in attachment security.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

    Toth, S. L., Gravener-Davis, J. A., Guild, D. J., & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Relational interventions for child maltreatment: Past, present, & future perspectives. Development and Psychopathology, 25.


    Banny, A., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Crick, N. R. & Oshri, A. (2013). Vulnerability to depression: A moderated mediation model of the roles of child maltreatment, peer victimization, and genetic variation among children from low-SES backgrounds. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 599-614.

    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.

    Doom, J. R., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., & Dackis, M. N. (2013). Child maltreatment and gender interactions as predictors of differential neuroendocrine hormone profiles. Psychoneuroendocrinology, Jan 16, doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.12.019

    Grazioplene, R. G., DeYoung, C., Rogosch, F. A., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). A novel differential susceptibility gene: CHRNA4 and moderation of the effect of maltreatment on child personality. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 872-880. DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12031.

    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.

    Koss, K. J., George, M. R. W., Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., & Cummings, E. M. (2013). Patterns of children’s adrenocortical reactivity to interparental conflict and associations with child adjustment: A growth mixture modeling approach. Developmental Psychology, 49, 317-326. doi: 10.1037/a0028246

    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.

  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.

    Burnette, M. L., & Cicchetti, D. (2012). Multilevel approaches toward understanding the development of antisociality: Current research and future directions. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 703-704.

    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.

    Cutuli, J. J., Raby, K. L., Cicchetti, D., Englund, M. M., Egeland, B. (2012). Contributions of maltreatment and serotonin transporter genotype to depression in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2012 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC3548027 [Available on 2014/3/2].

    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.

    Davies, P. T., Martin, M. J., & Cicchetti, D. (2012). Delineating the sequelae of destructive and constructive interparental conflict for children within an evolutionary framework. Developmental Psychology, 48, 939-955.

    Davies, P. T., Sturge-Apple, M. L., Cicchetti, D., Manning, L., & Vonhold, S. E. (2012). Pathways and processes of risk in associations among maternal antisocial personality symptoms, interparental aggression, and preschool psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 807-832.

    Grigorenko, E. L., & Cicchetti, D. (2012). Genomic sciences for developmentalists: The current state of affairs. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 1157-1164.

    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.

    Sturge-Apple, M. L., Davies, P. T., Martin, M. J., Cicchetti, D., & Hentges, R. F. (2012). An examination of the impact of harsh parenting contexts on children’s adaptation within an evolutionary framework. Developmental Psychology, 48, 791-805. doi: 10.1037/a0026908. PMID: 22229853.


    Cicchetti, D. (Ed.). (2011). Allostatic Load, [Special Issue]. Development and Psychopathology, Part 1, 23(3), 723-954; Part 2, 23(4), 955-1212.

    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.

    DeYoung, C., Cicchetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2011). Moderation of the association between childhood maltreatment and neuroticism by the corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 gene. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 898-906.

    DeYoung, C., Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F. A., Gray, J., Eastman, M., & Grigorenko, E. (2011). Sources of cognitive exploration: Genetic variation in the prefrontal dopamine system predicts Openness/Intellect.  Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 364-371.

    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.

  3. 2010

    Cicchetti, D. (2010). Resilience under conditions of extreme stress: A multilevel perspective [Special Article]. World Psychiatry, 9, 1-10.

    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], Development and Psychopathology, Part 1, 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.


    Howe, M. L., Goodman, G. S., & Cicchetti, D. (Eds.) (2008).  Stress, trauma, and children’s memory development: Neurobiological, cognitive, clinical, and legal perspectives. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    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.