Stephanie Parade Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Stephanie Parade received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology at the Bradley Research Center and joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in 2012.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Parade, S. H., Ridout, K., Seifer, R., Armstrong, D., Marsit, C., McWilliams, M., & Tyrka, A. (in press). Methylation of the Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene Promoter in Preschoolers: Links with Internalizing Behavior Problems. Child Development. 

Tyrka, A. R., Parade, S. H., Price, L. H., Kao, H. T., Porton, B., Philip, N., Welch, E. S., & Carpenter, L. L. (in press). Alterations of Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Telomere Length with Early Adversity and Psychopathology. Biological Psychiatry. 

Tyrka, A. R., Parade, S. H., Eslinger, N. M., Seifer, R., Marsit, C. J., Lesseur, C., Armstrong, D. A., Philip, N., & Josefson, B. (in press). Methylation of exons 1D, 1F, and 1H of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter and exposure to adversity in pre-school aged children. Development and Psychopathology.

Leerkes, E.M. & Parade, S.H. (in press). A psychobiological perspective on emotional development within the family context. In S.D. Calkins (Ed). Handbook of infant development: Biopsychosocial perspectives. New York: Guilford.

Tyrka, A. R., Parade, S. H., Valentine, T. R., Eslinger, N. M., & Seifer, R. (in press).  Adversity in preschool-aged children: Effects on salivary interleukin-1β.  Development and Psychopathology.

Parade, S. H., Dickstein, S., Schiller, M., Hayden, L. C., & Seifer, R. (2015). Stability of child behavioral style in the first 30 months of life: Single timepoint and aggregated measures. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39, 121-129.

Bublitz, M., Parade, S. H., & Stroud, L. (2014). The effects of childhood sexual abuse on cortisol trajectories in pregnancy are moderated by current family functioning. Biological Psychology, 152-157. 

Ridout, K. K., Parade, S. H., Seifer, R., Price, L., Gelernter, J., Feliz, P., & Tyrka, A. (2014). IL1B gene variation and internalizing symptoms in maltreated preschoolers. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1277-1287. 

Parade, S. H., Blankson, A. N., Leerkes, E. M., Crockenberg, S., & Faldowski, R. (2014). Close relationships predict curvilinear trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms over the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 63, 206-218.

Seifer, R., Dickstein, S., Parade, S. H., Hayden, L. C., Magee, K. D., & Schiller, M. (2014). Mothers’ appraisal of goodness of fit and children’s social development. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38, 86-97.

Parade, S. H. (2013). Inter-parental violence in early childhood: Identification and intervention with exposed children. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 29, 10, 1-5.

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.

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., Supple, A. J., & Helms, H. M. (2012). Parenting during childhood predicts relationship satisfaction in young adulthood: A prospective longitudinal perspective. Marriage and Family Review, 48, 150-169.

Parade, S. H. & Leerkes, E. M. (2011). Marital aggression predicts infant orienting toward mother at six months. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 235-238.

Leerkes, E. M., Parade, S. H., & Gudmundson, J. (2011). Mothers’ emotional reactions to crying pose risk for subsequent attachment insecurity. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 635-643 [Special Section: New Perspectives and Approaches in Understanding Parenting at Risk].

Parade, S. H., Leerkes, E. M., & Blankson, A. N. (2010). Attachment to parents, social anxiety, and close relationships of female students over the transition to college. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 127-137.

Leerkes, E. M., Parade, S. H., & Burney, R. V. (2010). Origins of mothers’ and fathers’ beliefs about infant crying. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 467-474.

Parade, S. H. & Leerkes, E. M. (2008). The reliability and validity of the Infant BehaviorQuestionnaire-Revised. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 637-646.

research overview

Stephanie Parade's research focuses on human development at the intersection of individual and family contextual risk. Parade currently has two lines of research: 1) identifying the processes by which family relationships influence adult close relationships and psychopathology; and 2) examining links between family relationships, parental psychopathology, and social and emotional health in early childhood. Parade is particularly interested in biological mechanisms underlying links between family risk and psychopathology in childhood and adulthood, as well as the evaluation of preventative interventions for families in poverty. 

funded research

Health Resources and Services Administration, R40MC28318, Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Parent Generation: Impact on Family Engagement and Program Efficacy of MIECHV Home Visiting. (S. Parade, PI). 4/1/15 – 3/31/18. 

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, 21296, HPA Mechanisms Underlying Links Between Inter-Parental Violence in Pregnancy and Infant Mental Health at 6 Months (S. Parade, PI), 1/15/14 – 1/14/16. 

Health Resources and Services Administration, H25MC00270, Addressing Toxic Stress in Early Childhood. (Rhode Island Department of Health, PI; S. Parade, Subcontract Co-Investigator). 6/1/14 – 5/31/17.

Health Resources and Services Administration, D89MC26364, Rhode Island Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Expansion (Rhode Island Department of Health, PI; S. Parade, Subcontract Co-Investigator, Program Evaluation), 9/1/13 – 9/30/16.

Health Resources and Services Administration, D89MC23156, Rhode Island Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Development (Rhode Island Department of Health, PI; S. Parade, Subcontract Co-Investigator, Program Evaluation), 8/1/12 – 9/30/14.