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Sarah Martin, PhD

Sarah Martin, PhD

Sarah Martin, PhD

Sarah Martin, PhD
Assistant Professor



Research Interests

My research focuses on emotions and emotion regulation in young children, particularly as related to the development of early mental health and behavioral problems. More specifically, my work is focused on how preschoolers and their caregivers express and modulate their emotions, and the processes by which problems in emotion regulation may lead to the development of early psychopathology.

Selected Publications

Martin, S. E., Williamson, L. R., Kurtz-Nelson, E. C., & Boekamp, J.
R. (2013). Emotion understanding (and misunderstanding) in clinically
referred preschoolers: The role of child language and maternal
depressive symptoms. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Martin, S. E., McConville, D. W., Williamson, L. R., Feldman, G. C., &
Boekamp, J. R. (2013). Partial hospitalization treatment for preschoolers
with severe behavior problems: Child age and maternal functioning as
predictors of outcome. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18, 24 - 32.

Clements, M. L., Martin, S. E., Cassil, A. K., & Soliman, N. N. (2011).
Declines in marital satisfaction among new mothers: Broad strokes versus
fine details. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 13 - 17.

Martin, S. E., Clements, M. L., & Crnic, K. A. (2011). Internalizing and
externalizing symptoms in two-year-olds: Links to mother-toddler emotion
processes. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, 105 - 128.

Boekamp, J. R., & Martin, S. E. (2010). Young children with severe
behavioral problems at home: The case for psychiatric partial
hospitalization. Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 26,
1 - 6.

Martin, S. E., Boekamp, J. R., McConville, D. W., & Wheeler, E. E. (2010).
Anger and sadness perception in clinically referred preschoolers: Emotion
processes and externalizing behavior symptoms. Child Psychiatry and Human
Development, 41, 30 - 46.

Cole, P. M., Dennis, T. A., Martin, S. E., & Hall, S. E. (2008). Emotion
regulation and the early development of psychopathology. In Vandekerckhove,
M., von Scheve, C., Ismer, S., Jung, S., & Kronast, S. (Eds.), Regulating
Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance. Malden, MA:

Martin, S. E. (2008). Angry, sad, and worried: An emotional perspective on
early disruptive behavior disorders. Brown University Child and Adolescent
Letter, 24, 1 - 7.

Cole, P. M., Martin, S. E., & Dennis T. A. (2004). Emotion regulation as a
scientific construct: Methodological challenges and directions for child
development research. Child Development, 75, 1 - 17.

Martin, S. E., Crnic, K., & Belsky, J. (2003). "Did you see that, mom?"
Social looking in three-year-old boys. Social Development, 12, 461 - 476.

Martin, S. E. & Clements, M. L. (2002). Young children's responding to
interparental conflict: Associations with marital aggression and child
adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11, 231 - 244.

Martin, S. E., Clements, M. L., & Crnic, K. A. (2002). Maternal emotions
during mother-toddler interaction: Parenting in affective context.
Parenting: Science and Practice, 2, 105 - 126.