Tamara Del Vecchio

ProfessorGraduate Director for Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Educational Background
Ph.D., 2006, Stony Brook University, Clinical Psychology
M.A., 2003, Stony Brook University, Psychology
B.A., 1996, University at Albany, Psychology

Courses Taught at St. John’s University

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Clinic Practicum
  • School Psychology Intervention Practicum

Research Interests

My research interests include the development of externalizing behavior from infancy through the preschool years, and neurocognitive and affective correlates of coercive processes in dyadic relationships, including parent-child and couples.

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Del Vecchio, T., Pochtar, R., & Jablonka, O. (in press). Mothers’ tolerance of own and child distress: Associations with discipline practices. Parenting: Science and Practice. doi:10.1080/15295192.2019.1642685

Del Vecchio, T., Feder, M., & Canter, M. (in press). Discipline and guidance from 2 to 5 years. In S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), Encyclopedia of child and adolescent development. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119171492.wecad00235

Terjesen, M. D., Del Vecchio, T., & Gerardi, N. (2019). Cognitive behavior therapy with children. In S. G. Little & A. Akin-Little (Eds.), Behavioral interventions in schools: Evidence-based positive strategies, 2nd Edition (pp. 351-372). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lorber, M. F., Del Vecchio, T., Slep, A. M. S., & Scholer, S. J. (2019). Normative trends in early physical aggression: Age-aggression curves from 6 to 24 months. The Journal of Pediatrics, 206, 197-203. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.10.025

Del Vecchio, T., Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., & Foran, H. M. (2018). Child abuse and neglect. In A. T. Vazsonyi, D. J. Flannery, & M. J. DeLisi, (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of violent behavior and aggression, 2nd Edition (pp. 366-381). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316847992.021

Lorber, M. F., Del Vecchio, T., & Slep, A. M. S. (2018). The development of individual physically aggressive behaviors from infancy to toddlerhood. Developmental Psychology, 54(4), 601-612. doi:10.1037/dev0000450

Del Vecchio, T., Jablonka, O., DiGiuseppe, R., & Gavita, O. (2017). Psychometric evaluation of the Parent Anger Scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 3013-3025. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0824-3 [http://rdcu.be/tBNw]

Del Vecchio, T., Jerusalmi, D., & Terjesen, M. D. (2017). Psychometric characteristics of the Parenting Scale in a Vietnamese sample. International Journal of Psychology, 52, 482–490. doi:10.1002/ijop.12242 [http://rdcu.be/x8E0]

Lorber, M. F., Del Vecchio, T., Feder, M. A., & Slep, A. M. S. (2017). A psychometric evaluation of the revised Parental Emotion Regulation Inventory. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 452-463. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0578-3

Rhoades, K. A., Grice, C., & Del Vecchio, T. (2017). Barriers to mothers' implementation of non-harsh discipline techniques: Anger, impulsivity, and situational demands. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 3179-3191. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0801-x

Sanders, M. R., Healy, K. L., Grice, C., & Del Vecchio, T. (2017). Evidence-based parenting programs: Integrating science into school-based practice. In M. Thielking & M. D. Terjesen (Eds.), Handbook of Australian school psychology: Policy, practice and research (pp. 537-551). New York, NY:

Del Vecchio, T., Lorber, M., Slep, Amy M. S., Malik, J., Heyman, R. E., & Foran, H. M. (2016). Parental flooding during conflict: A psychometric evaluation of a new scale. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1587-1597. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0137-9 https://rdcu.be/6hQe

Lorber, M., Del Vecchio, T., & Slep, A. M. S. (2015). The emergence and evolution of infant externalizing behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 663-680. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000923

Del Vecchio, T., Pochtar, R., & Rhoades, K. (2014). The impact of children’s language ability on parent cognitions and harsh discipline practices. Infant and Child Development, 23, 388-401. doi: 10.1002/icd.1831

Lorber, M. F., Del Vecchio, T., & Slep, A. M. S. (2014). Infant externalizing behavior as a self-organizing construct. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1854-1861. doi:10.1037/a0036985

Pochtar, R., & Del Vecchio, T. (2014). A cross-cultural examination of preschool teacher cognitions and responses to child aggression. School Psychology International, 35, 176-190. doi:10.1177/0143034312471471

Rogowicz, S. T., Del Vecchio, T., Dwyer-Masin, T., & Hughes, E. M. (2014). The influence of aggressors’ characteristics on teachers’ responses to physical and relational aggression. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 30, 355–374. doi:10.1080/15377903.2014.950443

Ortiz, C., & Del Vecchio, T. (2013). Cultural diversity: Do we need a new wake-up call for parent training? Behavior Therapy, 44, 443-458. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2013.03.009

Cavell, T. A., Harrist, A. W., & Del Vecchio, T. (2012). Working with parents of aggressive children: Ten principles and the role of authoritative parenting. In R. Larzelere, A. S. Morris, & A. W. Harrist (Eds.), Authoritative parenting: Synthesizing nurturance and discipline for optimal child development (pp. 165-188). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Del Vecchio, T., Erlanger, A. C. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2012). Theories of child abuse. In M. A. Fine & F. D. Fincham (Eds.), Handbook of family theories: A content-based approach (pp. 208-227). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis/Routledge.

Del Vecchio, T., & Slep, A. M. S. (2012). The impact of child maltreatment: Psychological, physical, and economic consequences. In H.M. Foran, S. Beach, A. M. S. Slep, R. E. Heyman, & M. Wamboldt (Eds.), Family problems and family violence: Reliable assessment and the ICD-11 (pp. 149-158). New York, NY: Springer.

Gavita, O. A., David, D., DiGiuseppe, R., & Del Vecchio, T. (2011). The development and initial validation of the Parent Anger Scale. Procedia -Social and Behavioral Sciences, 30, 505-511. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.099

Gavita, O. A., David, D., DiGiuseppe, R., & Del Vecchio, T. (2011). The development and validation of the Parent Rational and Irrational Beliefs Scale. Procedia -Social and Behavioral Sciences, 30, 2305-2311. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.449

Del Vecchio, T., & Rhoades, K. (2010). Bi-directional influences in mother-toddler dyads. Infant and Child Development, 19, 516-529. doi:10.1002/icd.674

Del Vecchio, T., Walter, A. L., & O’Leary, S. G. (2009). Affective and physiological factors predicting maternal response to infant crying. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 117-122. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2008.10.005

Del Vecchio, T., & O’Leary, S. G. (2008). Predicting maternal discipline responses to early child aggression: The role of cognition and affect. Parenting: Science and Practice, 8, 240-256. doi:10.1080/15295190802204827

Del Vecchio, T., & O’Leary, S. G. (2006). Antecedents of toddler aggression: Dysfunctional parenting in mother-toddler dyads. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 35, 194-202. doi:10.1207/s15374424jccp3502_3

Del Vecchio, T., & O’Leary, K. D. (2004). The effectiveness of anger treatments for specific anger problems: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 15-34. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2003.09.006