Sonya Negriff

Research Assistant Professor
Contact Information
University Park
Department of Study 
Children, Youth and Families
Research Interest 
Children & Families
Social Development/Policy
PhD, University of Southern California, 2007
MA, University of Southern California, 2004
BA, Cornell University, 2001

SONYA NEGRIFF joined as a research assistant professor in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as a research associate and project director of a longitudinal study on child maltreatment and adolescent development led by Professor Penelope Trickett. After receiving her PhD in developmental psychology from USC in 2007, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Negriff’s expertise is in biopsychosocial models of development. In particular, her research focuses on the relationship between timing of puberty and health and behavior problems, such as delinquency, substance use and sexual activity, in maltreated adolescents. She is interested in how stressful events such as maltreatment interact with biological changes to create vulnerability for risky behavior, and how peer influence may mediate these associations.

Her current work focuses on the online interactions of maltreated youth as mechanisms leading to substance use and risky sexual behavior. This work is funded by a grant through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and aims to determine how online social influences can be both potential risk and protective factors for maltreated youth.

Awards and Distinction
NRSA fellow-T32 institutional training grant General Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (2007-09)
Dean's List, Cornell University (Fall 1998)
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Selected Publications

Schneiderman, J.U., Mennen, F.E., Negriff, S. & Trickett, P.K. (in press). Overweight and obesity among maltreated young adolescents. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Brensilver, M., Negriff, S., Mennen, F.E. & Trickett, P.K. (in press). Longitudinal relations between depressive symptoms and externalizing behavior in adolescence: Moderating effects of maltreatment experience and gender. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Negriff, S., Hillman, J.B. & Dorn, L.D. (2011). Does competence mediate the association between puberty and internalizing or externalizing problems in adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49(4), 350-356.

Negriff, S., Susman, E.J. & Trickett, P.K. (2011). The developmental pathway from pubertal timing to delinquency and sexual activity from early to late adolescenc. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(10), 1343-1356.

Negriff, S. & Susman, E.J. (2011). Pubertal timing, depression and externalizing problems: A framework, review, and examination of gender difference. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(3), 717-746.

Trickett, P.K., Negriff, S., Ji, J. & Peckins, M. (2011). Child maltreatment and adolescent development. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(1), 3-20.

Negriff, S., Dorn, L.D., Pabst, S.R. & Susman, E.J. (2011). Morningness/Eveningness, pubertal timing, and substance use in adolescent girls. Psychiatry Research, 185(3), 408-413.

Negriff, S., Ji, J. & Trickett, P.K. (2011). Exposure to peer delinquency as a mediator between self-report pubertal timing and delinquency: A longitudinal study of mediation. Development and Psychopathology, 23(1), 293-304.

Trickett, P.K. & Negriff, S. (2011). Child maltreatment and interpersonal relationships. In M.K. Underwood and L.H. Rosen (Eds.) Social Development. New York: Guilford Press.

Negriff, S., Dorn, L.D. & Huang, B. (2010). Pubertal timing and smoking onset in adolescent females: Differences by race. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 12(7), 748-755.

Negriff, S., Noll, J.G., Shenk, C.E., Putnam, F.W. & Trickett, P.K. (2010). Associations between nonverbal behaviors and subsequent sexual attitudes and behaviors of sexually abused and comparison girls. Child Maltreatment, 15(2), 180-189.

Hillman, J.B., Negriff, S. & Dorn, L.D. (2010). Perceived competence and hormonal contraception during adolescence. Contraception, 81(3), 249-253.

Ji, J., Trickett, P.K. & Negriff, S. (2010). Multidimensional self-perception of sexually abused girls: Factor models and differences between sexually abused and comparison groups. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32(2), 203-214.

Negriff, S. & Trickett, P.K. (2010). The relationship between pubertal timing and delinquent behavior in maltreated male and female adolescent. Journal of Early Adolescence, 30(4), 518-542.

Negriff, S., Dorn, L.D., Hillman, J.B. & Huang, B. (2009). The measurement of menstrual symptoms: Factor structure of the Menstrual Symptom Questionnaire in adolescent girls. Journal of Health Psychology, 14(7), 899-908.

Pabst, S.R., Negriff, S., Huang, B., Susman, E.J. & Dorn, L.D. (2009). Depression and anxiety in adolescent females: The impact of sleep preference and body mass index. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(6), 554-560.

Negriff, S. & Dorn, L.D. (2009). Morningness-Eveningness and menstrual symptoms in adolescent girls. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 67(2), 169-172.

Dorn, L.D., Negriff, S., Huang, B., Pabst, S., Hillman, J., Braverman, P. & Susman, E.J. (2009). Menstrual symptoms in adolescent girls: Association with smoking, depressive symptoms and anxiety. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(3), 237-243.

Marklein, E., Negriff, S. & Dorn, L.D. (2009). Pubertal timing, substance use, and peer smoking. Prevention Science, 10(2), 141-150.

Negriff, S., Fung, M.T. & Trickett, P.K. (2008). Self-rated pubertal development, depressive symptoms and delinquency: Measurement issues and moderation by gender and maltreatment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37(6), 736-746.