Elizabeth Anne Carlson

Affiliated Graduate Faculty and Research Associate; Director, Harris Training Program
Ph.D., 1990, Teachers College, Columbia University

Institute of Child Development
220B ChDev

51 East River Parkway

Development and Psychopathology


My research focuses on development and psychopathology.  I am especially interested in the ways that individuals become vulnerable to psychopathology early in development.  Recent research has addressed 1) the impact of trauma on development, including the developmental antecedents and consequences of attachment disorganization, 2) the interrelationship of socioemotional and representational experience in normative development and in the evolution of disorder (i.e., borderline and dissociative symptoms), and 3) representational models of the self and disorder. Future research directions include the impact of early trauma and stress on physical health across the life span.  

Selected Publications

  1. Raby, K.L., Cicchetti, D., Carlson, E.A., Cutuli, J.J., & Egeland, B. (under review).  Genetic and caregiving contributions to individual differences in infant attachment:  Unique pathways to attachment security and distress reactivity.

  2. Carlson, E. A. (in press).  Attachment disturbance, disorganization, and disorder.  In E. Waters & B. Vaughn (Eds.), Attachment measurement.  New York: Guilford Press.

  3. Salvatore, J.E., Simpson, J.A., Haydon, K.C., Carlson, E.A., & Collins, W.A. (in press).  Distinctive developmental precursors to maladaptive conflict strategies in adult romantic relationships. Psychological Science.

  4. Sroufe, L. A., Coffino, B., Carlson, E. A. (2010). Conceptualizing the role of early experience: Lessons from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study. Developmental Review, 30(1), 36-51.

  5. Carlson, E.A., Egeland, B., Sroufe, L.A. (2009). A prospective investigation of the development of borderline personality symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 1311-1334.

  6. Carlson, E.A., Yates, T.M., & Sroufe, L.A. (2009). Dissociation and development of the self. In P.F. Dell, J. O’Neill, & E. Somer (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM V and beyond (pp. 39-52). New York: Routledge.

  7. Yates, T. M., Carlson, E. A., & Egeland, B. (2008). A prospective study of child maltreatment and self-injurious behavior in a community sample. Development and Psychopathology, 20, 651-571.

  8. Lawrence, C., Carlson, E.A., & Egeland, B. (2006). The impact of foster care on development. Development and Psychopathology, 28(1), 57-76.

  9. Burt, K.B., van Dulmen, M.H.M., Carlivati, J., Egeland, B., Sroufe, L.A., Forman, D.R., Appleyard, K., & Carlson, E.A. (2005). Mediating links between maternal depression and offspring psychopathology: The importance of independent data. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 46 (5), 490-499.

  10. Sroufe, L. A., Egeland, B., Carlson, E. A., & Collins, A. W. (2005). The development of the person:  The Minnesota study of risk and adaptation from birth to adulthood.  New York: Guilford Press.

  11. Sroufe, L. A., Egeland, B., Carlson, E., & Collins, W. A. (2005). The place of early attachment in developmental context. In K. E. Grossmann, K. Grossmann, & E. Waters (Eds.), Attachment from infancy to adulthood:  The power of longitudinal studies (pp. 48-70). New York: Guilford Publications.