James J. Snyder, Ph.D.

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Title: Professor of Psychology

Loras College, B.A., 1968
Southern Illinois University, M.A., 1974
Southern Illinois University, Ph.D., 1977

Current Instructor: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Developmental Psychopathology

Research Interests: Family and peer socialization of children, Development of aggression and delinquency, Behavioral family intervention

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The primary focus of my research group concerns the development of psychopathology during childhood and adolescence from the perspective of socialization in family, sibling, peer and school environments. This entails longitudinal research on the risk and protective factors associated with the development of conduct problems, aggression, anxiety disorders and depression, and a description of the learning and affective processes by which families, peers and teachers influence development. This research informs preventive and clinical intervention science. A second, new area involves implementation and evaluation of the Family CheckUp – a brief, assessment-based intervention for families of preschool and elementary school-aged children, with some emphasis on children who display autistic/Asperger-spectrum symptoms. We are also involved in classroom and home-visitor consultation with Head Start and Early Head Start programs to promote early childhood development and the self-sufficiency of at-risk families.


Published Works:

  1. Mason,W.A., Fleming, C.B., Ringle, J.L., Thompson, R.W., Haggerty, K.P., & Snyder J. (in press). Reducing risks for health compromising behaviors during the high school transition: Proximal outcomes in the Common Sense Parenting trial. Journal of Adolescent Health.
  2. Kothari, B.H., Sorenson, P., Bank, L., & Snyder, J. (2014). Alcohol and substance use in adolescence and young adulthood: The role of siblings. Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 1-21.
  3. Stoolmiller, M., & Snyder, J. (in press). Embedding multilevel continuous time Cox survival models of dyadic social interaction in structural equation models: Hazard rates as both outcomes and predictors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  4. Mason, W.A., Flemming, C.B., Thompson, R.W., Haggery, K.P., & Snyder, J. (in press) A framework for expanding the evidence-base and dissemination of promising preventive Interventions that are implemented in community settings. Prevention Science.
  5. Reed, A., Snyder, J., Staats, S., Forgatch, M., DeGarmo, D., Patterson, G., Low, S., Sinclair, R., & Schmidt, N. (2013). Duration and mutual entrainment of changes in parenting practices engendered by behavioral parent training targeting recently separated parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 343-354.

Funded Grants:

  1. “Preventing military post-deployment adjustment problems: Key family processes.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. $383,000. (2013-2015).
  2. “Tests of the Effectiveness Family Checkup.” Sedgwick County Developmental Disabilities Organization, Wichita, KS: $60,000. Role: Principal Investigator


  1. “Cascade of Family and Peer Coercion in the development of physical aggression.” Life History Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2014.
  2. “Risk, resilience and resources: Psychosocial interventions and advocacy to promote healthy families and child development.” Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience. August 26, 2013.
  3. “The cascade of family and peer social experiences associated with childhood trajectories of frequent and persistent physical aggression.” Life History Research Society. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2014.
  4. “Sustained effects of parent training on child conduct problems into adolescence: Parent-youth transactional change mechanisms.” Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, TX, March, 2014. (with Rayna Herrin & Mike Pauldine)
  5. “Peer deviancy training during childhood: Links to antisocial development.” Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, Washington, April, 2013. (with Lynn Schrepferman & Lindsey Bupp)
  6. “Transactional cascade of changes in parenting practices: Understanding mediators of long-term effects of behavioral parent training.’ Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, Washington, April, 2013. (with Sarah Staats, Ryan Sinclair, Marion Forgatch, David DeGarmo, & Gerald Patterson)
  7. “Synergistic contribution of skilled parenting, and child impulsivity and fearfulness to the development of externalizing problems. Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, Washington, April, 2013. (with Nicole Schmidt, Michael Pauldine, Lindsey Bupp, Rayna Herrin, & Callie Brockman)
  8. “The contribution of child impulsivity-inattention, fearfulness and parenting to the development of child conduct problems. Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, Washington, May, 2013. (Nicole Schmidt, Erin Thompson, Mike Pauldine)