Stephanie Milan

Associate Professor & Progam Head of Clinical


Degree: Ph.D. 2001 in Clinical/Quantitative Psychology, Vanderbilt University

CT Clinical Psychologist Licensure #002587

Research Interests: Family and community violence

Impact of maternal depression and PTSD on parenting

At risk adolescent girls

Research Synopsis: Growing up poor has a lasting impact on children’s mental and physical health. Broadly, my research and clinical work addresses developmental psychopathology in the context of environmental adversity associated with poverty. Within this area, recent research in our lab focuses on: 1) the longitudinal impact of maltreatment and exposure to violence on children’s and parent’s mental health; 2) cultural and relational factors that contribute to disparities in the physical and mental health of adolescent girls; 3) reducing intergenerational continuities in violence and psychopathology.
Courses: Undergraduate

PSYC 2100WQ Principles of Research in Psychology

PSYC 2300 Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3402W Child Development in Sociopolitical Context



PSYC 5332 Research Methods and Test Construction

PSYC 6302 Practicum in Child and Family Therapy (V-team)

Recent publications: Ramirez, J., Oshin, L & Milan, S. (2017) Imagining her future: Diversity in mothers’ socialization goals for their adolescent daughters.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 593-610.
Ohannessian, C. M., Milan, S., & Vannucci, A. (2017). Gender differences in anxiety trajectories from middle to late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(4), 826-839.
Milan, S., Wortel, S., Ramirez, J., & Oshin, L. (2017). Depressive symptoms in mothers and daughters: Attachment style moderates reporter agreement. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(1), 171-182.
Ramirez, J. C., & Milan, S. (2016). Childhood sexual abuse moderates the relationship between obesity and mental health in low-income women. Child Maltreatment, 21(1), 85-89.

Representative Publications

Milan, S., & Wortel, S. (2015). Family obligation values as a protective and vulnerability factor among low-income adolescent girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1183-1193.
Milan, S., Zona, K., Acker, J., & Turcios-Cotto, V. (2013). Prospective risk factors for adolescent PTSD: Sources of differential exposure and differential vulnerability. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 339-353.
Zona, K., & Milan, S. (2011). Gender differences in the longitudinal impact of exposure to violence on mental health in urban youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1674-1690.
Milan, S., Snow, S., & Belay, S. (2009). Depressive symptoms in mothers and children: Preschool attachment as a moderator of risk. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1019-1033.
Milan, S., Lewis, J., Ethier, K., Kershaw, T., & Ickovics, J. (2004). The impact of physical maltreatment history on the adolescent mother-infant relationship: Mediating and moderating effects during the transition to early parenthood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32, 249-261.
Milan, S. & Pinderhughes, E. (2000). Factors influencing maltreated children’s early adjustment in foster care. Development & Psychopathology, 12, 63-81.
Milan, S., & Keiley, M. K. (2000). Biracial youth and families in therapy: Issues and interventions. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 305-315.
Other activities I am the director of the UConn Quantitative Research Methods Graduate Certificate program. You can find out more about this program here.

I am also an affiliate of InCHIP and the Center for Health and Human Development at UConn.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 174