Christina Rodriguez


Associate Professor

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Christina RodriguezContact Information:

Office Phone: (205) 934 9897
Fax: (205) 975 6110


B.S., University of Miami
PhD, University of Florida, Clinical Psychology 
Pre-Doctoral Internship, University of Tenessee, Memphis 
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Tenessee, Memphis

Research Interests:

The primary emphasis of my current research program involves understanding factors that exacerbate parental risk for physical child abuse, particularly psychological distress and cognitive processes that increase the likelihood that a parent will transition from using physical discipline to harsher and ultimately abusive discipline. Most recently, I have focused on identifying innovative assessment strategies that would permit greater confidence in our abuse risk assessments. To better understand potential avenues leading to abusive parenting, the Parenting Challenges with Kids (PaCK) Lab considers factors that promote optimal parenting in addition to parenting in more at-risk, challenging circumstances. As part of this effort, we are studying the potential transitions in parenting beliefs and attitudes by evaluating first-time parents during pregnancy, following up with the during the first years of the baby’s life, in the Following First Families (Triple-F) Study. I have also considered how such parental disciplinary behaviors, beliefs, and abuse risk are associated with children’s internalizing difficulties, such as the development of depressive and anxious symptomatology, paying particular attention to potential cognitive mechanisms that can be transmitted intergenerationally.