TRANSFORM- Additional Faculty

Erinn Duprey, Ph.D. 

Research Scientist, Mt. Hope Family Center and Children’s Institute

Dr. Duprey’s research is guided by the developmental psychopathology perspective, and focuses primarily on the role of childhood adversity in shaping adolescent and young adult socioemotional outcomes. Erinn holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. She recently completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in suicide prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Duprey’s primary research interest is the developmental sequelae of child maltreatment exposure in adolescent populations. She is particularly interested in investigating the processes that link early life stress with adolescent internalizing symptomology and suicide-related behaviors, as well as uncovering protective factors for youth who have been exposed to early life adversity.

Elizabeth Handley, Ph.D.

Research Director, Mt. Hope Family Center
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Dr. Handley’s research is grounded in the developmental psychopathology framework and explores multilevel and transactional risk and protective mechanisms of development among at-risk children and families. She has data analytic expertise with multiple-levels-of analysis directly applicable to child welfare research, including data analysis with epigenetic, genetic, immune, and neuroendocrine data. Dr. Handley also provides quantitative support and consultation to faculty and students in various departments at the University of Rochester.

Corey Nichols-Hadeed, J.D.

Associate, Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV)
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Ms. Nichols-Hadeed’s role in LIVV has primarily focused on exploration of the impact of policy and law on public health outcomes, with a primary focus on safety and injury prevention. The primary goal of this work is to translate what is learned about the impact of policy into actionable practices. Ms. Nichols-Hadeed also has expertise in regulations governing human subject research, conducting research with vulnerable populations in community settings, and coordinating court-based research studies linking victims of intimate partner violence with mental health. This work is centered on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based projects.

Kristen Quinlan, Ph.D.

Director – Outreach Core, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
Education Development Center
Dr. Kristen Quinlan is lead epidemiologist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, where she provides recommendations on using suicide-related data for planning, quality improvement, and/or impact purposes. Dr. Quinlan is also the Director of the Outreach Core for the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention, where she is responsible for translating the latest suicide prevention research into practice. Dr. Quinlan also coordinates and evaluates webinars and communities of practice for the TRANSFORM project for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Justin Russotti, Ph.D., LCSW

Research Faculty, Mt. Hope Family Center

Dr. Russotti’s research is guided by a developmental psychopathology framework and focuses on understanding how psychopathology unfolds over time within an individual as a result of complex culminations of dynamic interactions between the individual and their environment. He is particularly interested in the etiological roots and mechanistic underpinnings of stress-related and internalizing disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety). More specifically, Dr. Russotti has examined how the developmental timing of adversity may influence internalizing disorders, with an emphasis on early-life adversity. Recently, Dr. Russotti has investigated the effect of parental factors and high-risk parenting conditions (parental psychopathology, parental maltreatment history, and parenting stress) on offspring psychopathology. Dr. Russotti is also involved in longitudinal research designed to investigate the long-term psychological and biological effects of chronic stress (e.g., compromised physical health, allostatic load, epigenetic modifications). Dr. Russotti is a licensed clinical social worker in New York State with expertise in providing psychotherapy interventions to children, adolescents, and adults.

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
University of Rochester
Dr. Melissa Sturge-Apple is Dean of Graduate Studies in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, and a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Rochester. She has established expertise in advancing knowledge of our understanding of parenting within the family context and implications for child development broadly, with a particular emphasis on parenting at risk. At a substantive level, her work has advanced how different theoretical formulations may inform understanding of the determinants of aberrations in parenting within stressful ecologies including family systems theory, stress system functioning, self-regulation frameworks, and attachment theory.

Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Mt. Hope Family Center
Sr. Research Associate, Clinical Director & Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Dr. Todd Manly has served in Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Evaluator, and Project Director roles on several federally-funded research projects involving the linkages among child maltreatment, domestic violence, poverty, and community violence with preschool and school-aged children as well as adolescents. As Clinical Director at the Mt. Hope Family Center, she has coordinated the implementation of evidence-based treatment models and evaluation of these models in treatment evaluation research. She has conducted numerous trainings on the impact of trauma on children’s development and on implementation of evidence-based trauma treatment for children at high risk for abuse and neglect.