Early Childhood Research and Services

A young girl.

Early Childhood Research and Services is a part of the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center and Bradley Hospital's Outpatient Department.

We are devoted to the study and treatment of young children and their families who may be at risk for serious behavioral health concerns. Emphasis is placed on understanding children in the context of relationships, families, and communities.

What we do:

  • Conduct research
  • Provide consultation and program evaluation services
  • Conduct clinical assessments
  • Deliver therapeutic treatment services to children and families

Please call 401-793-8700 for more information. Our fax number is 401-793-8799.

Staff Psychologist
Christine M. Low, PhD is a staff psychologist with Bradley Hospital, providing clinical service, research collaboration, and supervision of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and medical residents at the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Low earned her doctoral degree in child clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of  Washington School of Medicine and her postdoctoral fellowship in Early Childhood at Bradley Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She joined the faculty at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2005.

Research Interests

Low’s research interests are in the area of developmental psychopathology; early childhood mental health; development of children and families in high-risk contexts; parent-child relationships and family functioning; early childhood community-based mental health consultation; child care health consultation, and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

Baker, B.L., McIntyre, L.L., Blacher, J., Crnic, K., Edelbrock, C., & Low, C. (2003). Preschool children with and without developmental delay: Behavior problems and parenting stress over time.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 47, 217 – 230.

Brown, E. and Low, C. M. (2008). Chaotic living conditions and sleep problems associated with children’s responses to academic challenge. Journal of Family Psychology, 22 (6), 920-923.

Coyne, L.W., Low, C.M., Miller, A.L., Seifer, R., & Dickstein, S. (2007). Mothers' empathic understanding of their toddlers: Associations with maternal depression and sensitivity. The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16 (4) 483-497.

Parker, J.G., Low, C.M., Walker, A.R., Gamm, B.K. (2005). Friendship jealousy in young adolescents: Individual differences and links to sex, self-esteem, aggression, and social adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 41, 235-250.

Clinical Psychologist

Rebecca Newland Kilch, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, who provides clinical and consultation services, participates in research and program evaluation activities, and supervise trainees at the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Newland is a graduate of Northwestern University. She earned her doctoral degree in child clinical psychology from Arizona State University and completed her predoctoral clinical internship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at Geisinger Medical Center. Newland completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests:

Early childhood mental health; developmental psychopathology; child, family, and parenting processes in the context of risk, including parental mental health; early childhood mental health consultation; prevention and early intervention; implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice in the community.

Selected Publications:

Newland, R. P., Parade, S., Dickstein, S., & Seifer, R. (in press). The association between maternal depression and sensitivity: Child-directed effects on parenting during infancy. Infant Behavior and Development.

Newland, R. P., & Crnic, K. A. (2016). Developmental risk and goodness of fit in the mother-child relationship: Links to parenting stress and children’s behavior problems. Infant and Child Development. Advance online publication

Newland, R. P., Parade, S., Dickstein, S., & Seifer, R. (2016). Goodness of fit between maternal and infant sleep: Associations with maternal depressive symptoms and attachment security. Infant Behavior and Development, 44, 179-188.

Newland, R. P., Crnic, K. A., Cox, M. J, Mills-Koonce, W. R, & Family Life Project Key Investigators. (2013). The family stress model and maternal psychological symptoms: Mediated pathways from economic hardship to parenting across the infancy to preschool period. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 96-105.

Stephanie Parade, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center

Background information

Stephanie Parade, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital and Assistant Professor (Research) in the Brown Medical School. Parade collaborates on research and program evaluation activities within the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center.

Parade received her BS from the University of Connecticut and her MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests

Early childhood development in family contexts of risk; Effects of early life stress on adult psychopathology and close relationships; Family relationships across the transition to parenthood; Biological mechanisms underlying links between family risk and psychopathology in childhood and adulthood; Evaluation of evidence based practices embedded in community settings

More information on Parade's research

Selected Publications

  • Parade, S. H. & Leerkes, E. M. (2011). Marital aggression predicts infant orienting toward mother at six months. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 235-238.
  • Parade, S. H., McGeary, J., Seifer, R., & Knopik, V. (2012). Infant development in family context: Call for a genetically informed approach. Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics, 3, 167.
  • Parade, S. H., Leerkes, E. M., & Helms, H. M. (2013). Remembered parental rejection and postpartum declines in marital satisfaction: Moderated dyadic links. Family Relations, 62, 298-311.
Ron Seifer, PhD
Research director, Bradley Hospital

Ronald Seifer, PhD, has research interests in the area of developmental psychopathology. He has conducted research on children at risk for psychopathology (owing to parental mental illness) and children exposed to substances of abuse during the prenatal period. Processes studied include children's emotions, relationship formation, temperament and family interaction. The focus of this work is on the early years of life. More recently, work in program evaluation and public health in these populations have been a focus of research.

More information on Seifer's research

Selected Research Projects

RI Project LAUNCH Evaluation  
Rhode Island Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) is an implementation of mental health consultation in primary care medical settings and child care settings serving children and families in poverty.

Evaluation of this Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded project will examine the degree to which these services are delivered as intended, are helpful to children, and can be sustained through systems change beyond the period of federal funding. This project is a partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD
Psychologist

Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, providing clinical services and conducting program evaluation and research within the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. She also provides organizational assessment, training, coaching, and consultation to community programs to facilitate the adoption, delivery, and sustainability of evidence-based programs for children and families. This includes the Incredible Years Series, Family Check Up, and applications of Motivational Interviewing. She is a certified group leader and mentor in the Incredible Years BASIC Parent Training Series and a certified group leader in the Child “Dina School” social skill curriculum for young children and the Teacher Classroom Management training series.

Shepard Umaschi received her MA in developmental psychology from Arizona State University and her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her child clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental psychopathology at Brown Medical School. She joined the faculty at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior) in 2007.

Rebecca Silver, PhD
Staff Psychologist

Rebecca Silver, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, providing clinical and consultation services, participating in program evaluation and research activities, and supervising psychology trainees within the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Silver is a graduate of Brown University, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. She did a clinical internship in child clinical psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests

Early childhood mental health; developmental psychopathology; development, dissemination and implementation of evidence based practices in community settings; program evaluation.