Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor SDSU Experimental Psychopathology
Phone 619-594-0870

Graduate Institution

SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

My research aims to 1) understand the development of externalizing behavior problems among diverse children and adolescents who are at-risk for experiencing adversity and victimization, and 2) identify the evidence-based intervention and prevention strategies that promote positive adaptation among these youth. I use advanced quantitative methods to identify the risk and protective processes through which violence, abuse, neglect, and other adverse and traumatic events contribute to maladaptive academic, social, behavioral, and occupational outcomes among children and adolescents from at-risk and ethnic minority populations. Building on these findings, I conduct research on the development, adaptation, refinement, and evaluation of evidence-based psychosocial intervention strategies to promote physical, academic, social, and emotional well-being among diverse children and adolescents, as well as their families.

Representative Publications
  • Villodas, M.T., Cromer, K.D.*, Moses, J.O.*, Litrownik, A.J., Newton, R.R. & Davis, I.P. (2016). Unstable Child Welfare Placements and Early Adolescent Physical and Mental Health: The Roles of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. Child Abuse & Neglect, 62, 76-88. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.10.014

  • Villodas, M.T., Bagner, D.M. & Thompson, R. (2015). A Step Beyond Maternal Depression and Child Behavior Problems: The Role of Mother-Child Aggression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1094740

  • Villodas, M.T., Litrownik, A.J., Thompson, R., Jones, D., Roesch, S.C., Hussey, J.M., Block, S., English, D.J. & Dubowitz, H. (2015). Developmental Transitions in Presentations of Externalizing Problems Among Boys and Girls At-Risk for Child Maltreatment. Development and Psychopathology, 27(1), 205-219. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414000728


Miguel Villodas CV


Alan Litrownik (SDSU) / Daniel Bagner (FIU) / Linda Pfiffner (UCSF) / Keith McBurnett (UCSF)