Helen Milojevich, Ph.D.
Research Goals and Interests:
Helen’s program of research is focused on understanding factors related to risk and resiliency in the face of early exposure to adversity and challenges, particularly the roles of parents and the family environment more broadly. Of note, despite widespread indication that exposure to early adversity, such as maltreatment, increases risk for a range of negative outcomes, a sizeable number of children are still able to develop positive outcomes. What is not yet well-understood are the factors associated with resiliency in high-risk children. Of particular interest are potentially malleable factors that could be incorporated into intervention efforts for these children. As such, Helen’s work seeks to understand how emotional competence and cognition develop from early childhood through adolescence in high-risk populations (e.g., maltreated children and children with developmental delays). Using a multi-method and multi-informant approach, Helen seeks to address such questions as: when and how do maltreated youth differ from non-maltreated youth in their emotional competence? How do maltreating parents socialize emotional (in)competence in their children over time? To what extent do children with Down syndrome differ from typically developing children in their ability to retain and generalize information over the long-term? What interventions can be implemented at home, school, and in treatment programs to facilitate the healthy development of high-risk children?
Milojevich, H. M., Quas, J. A., & Adams, B. (in press). Quality of sibling relationships in maltreated youth residing in out-of-home care. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Milojevich, H. M., & Haskett, M. E. (in press). Three-year trajectories of emotional expressiveness among maltreating mothers: The role of life changes. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Lukowski, A. F., & Milojevich, H. M. (2017). Sleep problems and temperament in typically developing children and children with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61, 221-232. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12321
Milojevich, H. M., & Quas, J. A. (2017). Parental attachment and children’s memory for attachment-relevant stories. Applied Developmental Science, 21, 14-29. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2016.1140577
Milojevich, H. M., & Lukowski, A. F. (2016). Recall memory in children with Down syndrome and typically developing peers matched on developmental age. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 89-100. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12242
Lukowski, A. F., & Milojevich, H. M. (2016). Examining recall memory in infancy and early childhood using the elicited imitation paradigm. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 110, e53347.
Milojevich, H. M., & Lukowski, A. F. (2015). Recall memory in children with Down syndrome and typically developing peers matched on developmental age. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 89-100.
Lukowski, A. F., & Milojevich, H. M. (2015). Relations between nighttime sleep quality and temperament in young adults: Differential contributions of nighttime sleep duration and sleep disruptions. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 13, 217-230.
Lukowski, A. F., Phung, J. N., & Milojevich, H. M. (2015). Language facilitates event memory in early childhood: Child comprehension, adult-provided linguistic support, and delayed recall at 16 months. Memory, 23, 848-863.
Phung, J. N., Milojevich, H. M., & Lukowski, A. F. (2014). Adult language use and child comprehension abilities: Examining effects of encoding and generalization across cues at 20 months. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 465-479.
Lukowski, A. F., & Milojevich, H. M. (2013). Sleeping like a baby: Examining relations between habitual infant sleep, recall memory, and generalization across cues at 10 months. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 369-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2013.02.001
Klemfuss, J. Z., Milojevich, H. M., Yim, I. S., Rush, E. B., & Quas, J. A. (2013). Stress at encoding, context at retrieval, and children’s narrative content. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 693-706. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2013.07.009. PMCID: PMC3829843