Michigan State University

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Levendosky Alytia Levendosky
Director of Clinical Training
Primary Program: Clinical
107C Psychology
(517) 353-6396

Research Statement

Dr. Levendosky's primary program of research is devoted to understanding the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence and the risk and protective factors for women and children exposed to domestic violence. She is particularly interested in the early mother-child relationship, beginning during pregnancy, and how that may be a vehicle for this intergenerational transmission. As part of her program of research, she examines physiological factors, behavioral factors, as well as relational factors, including attachment in her investigations of the mechanisms through which violence and its effects are transmitted from parent to child.

Research Publications    
2013Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Martinez-Torteya, C. (2013). PTSD symptoms in young children exposed to intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 19, 187-201.
2013Lannert, B., Levendosky, A.A., & Bogat, G. A. (2013). The interaction of maternal personality traits and intimate partner violence as influences on maternal representations. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34, 222-233.
2013Bogat, G. A., Garcia, A., & Levendosky, A. A. (2103). Assessment and psychotherapy with women experiencing intimate partner violence: integrating research and practice. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 189-217.
2013Basu, A., Levendosky, A. A., Lonstein, J. S. (2013). Trauma sequelae and cortisol levels in women exposed to intimate partner violence. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 247-275.
2013Levendosky, A. A. (2013). Drawing conclusions: An intergenerational transmission of violence perspective. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 351-360.
2012Eshelman, L. & Levendosky, A. A. (2012). Dating violence: Mental health consequences based on type of abuse. Violence and Victims, 27, 215-228.
2012Levendosky, A. A., Lannert, B., & Yalch, M. (2012). The effects of intimate partner violence on women and child survivors: An attachment perspective. Psychodynamic Psychiatry,40, 397-434.
2011Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Huth-Bocks, A. (2011). The influence of domestic violence on the development of the attachment relationship between mother and young child. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(4), 512-527.
2011Malone, J.C, Westen, D., & Levendosky, A. A. (2011). Personalities of adults with traumatic childhood separations. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-24.
2011Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., Huth-Bocks, A., Rosenblum, K., & von Eye, A. (2011). The effects of domestic violence on the stability of attachment from infancy to preschool. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 398-410.