My primary research interests involve examining the way risk and protective factors influence the expression of aggression and problem behaviors in children. Specifically, I am interested in better understanding how different forms or functions of aggressive behavior contribute to the etiology of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and other problem behavior. I am further interested in how social factors, such as relationships with parents, siblings, or peers can affect child behavior and can be used in intervention. I am also interested in the environmental contexts, such as neighborhoods marked by violence, in which these behaviors occur and how children’s current setting may alter their behavior. Ultimately, I hope that the study of these factors can be applied to inform effective, targeted treatment and interventions for youth exhibiting various types of conduct problems.
Pederson, C. A., & Fite, P. J. (in press) The impact of parenting on the associations between child aggression and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
Fite, P. J., Gabrielli, J., Cooley, J. L., Rubens, S. L., Pederson, C. A., & Vernberg, E. M. (in press). Associations between physical and relational forms of peer aggression and victimization and risk for substance use among elementary school-age youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.
Rubens, S. L., Fite, P. J., Gabrielli, J., Evans, S., Hendrickson, M. L., & Pederson, C. (2013). Examining the relation between negative life events, time spent in the US, language use, and mental health outcomes in Latino adolescents. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42(5), 389-402.
Fite, P. J., Gabrielli, J., Cooley, J. L., Rubens, S. L., & Pederson, C. A. (November 2013). Associations between bullying-involvement and risk for substance use in elementary school-age youth. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Convention. Nashville, Tennessee.
Fite, P. J., Rubens, S. L., Hendrickson, M., & Pederson, C. A. (April 2013). The impact of bullying and victimization on marijuana use in a sample of Hispanic youth. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Seattle, Washington.