Stephanie Milan

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology

Psychological Sciences


Ph.D. 2001 in Clinical/Quantitative Psychology, Vanderbilt University
CT Clinical Psychologist Licensure #002587

Research Interests

  • Family and community violence & maltreatment
  • Impact of maternal depression and PTSD on parenting
  • At risk adolescent girls

Research Synopsis

Growing up poor has a lasting impact on children’s mental and physical health. Broadly, my research and clinical work addresses developmental psychopathology in the context of environmental adversity associated with poverty. Within this area, research in our lab focuses on: 1) the longitudinal impact of maltreatment and exposure to violence on children’s and parents’ mental health; 2) cultural and relational factors that contribute to disparities in the physical and mental health of adolescent girls; 3) reducing intergenerational continuities in violence and psychopathology.



  • PSYC 2100WQ Principles of Research in Psychology
  • PSYC 2300 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3402W Child Development in Sociopolitical Context


  • PSYC 5332 Research Methods and Test Construction
  • PSYC 6302 Practicum in Child and Family Therapy (V-team)



Carlone, C. (g) & Milan, S. (2021). Maternal depression and child externalizing behaviors: The role of attachment across development in low-income families. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (formerly Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology).

Milan, S., Carlone, C. (g), & Dau, A.L.B.(g) (2021). Emotion socialization in mothers who experienced maltreatment: Mentalizing the past may help the present. Journal of Family Psychology.

Milan, S. & Dau, A.L.B. (g) (2021). The Role of Trauma in Mothers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Beliefs and Intentions, Journal of Pediatric Psychology,

Carlone, C. (g) & Milan, S. (2020). Does your child need therapy? Maternal reflective functioning and perceived need for and use of child mental health treatment. Attachment and Human Development. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2020.1734641


Milan, S., & Carlone, C.(g) (2018). A two-way street: Mothers’ and adolescent daughters’ depression and PTSD symptoms jointly predict dyadic behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(8), 1097–1108.

Ramirez, J., Oshin, L & Milan, S. (2017) Imagining her future: Diversity in mothers socialization goals for their adolescent daughters. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 593-610.

Milan, S., Wortel, S., Ramirez, J., & Oshin, L. (2017). Depressive symptoms in mothers and daughters: Attachment style moderates reporter agreement. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(1), 171-182.

Milan, S., & Wortel, S. (2015). Family obligation values as a protective and vulnerability factor among low-income adolescent girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1183-1193.

Milan, S., Zona, K., Acker, J., & Turcios-Cotto, V. (2013). Prospective risk factors for adolescent PTSD: Sources of differential exposure and differential vulnerability. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 339-353.

Zona, K., & Milan, S. (2011). Gender differences in the longitudinal impact of exposure to violence on mental health in urban youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1674-1690.

Milan, S., Snow, S., & Belay, S. (2009). Depressive symptoms in mothers and children: Preschool attachment as a moderator of risk. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1019-1033.

Milan, S., Lewis, J., Ethier, K., Kershaw, T., & Ickovics, J. (2004). The impact of physical maltreatment history on the adolescent mother-infant relationship: Mediating and moderating effects during the transition to early parenthood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32, 249-261.

Milan, S. & Pinderhughes, E. (2000). Factors influencing maltreated children’s early adjustment in foster care. Development & Psychopathology, 12, 63-81.

Milan, S., & Keiley, M. K. (2000). Biracial youth and families in therapy: Issues and interventions. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 305-315.

Other Activities

I am the program head for the Clinical Psychology graduate program and a supervisor in the Psychological Services Clinic.

Stephanie Milan
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 174
LinkMilan Lab