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Levendosky Alytia Levendosky
Director of Clinical Training
Primary Program: Clinical
107C Psychology
(517) 353-6396

Research Statement

Dr. Levendosky's primary program of research is devoted to understanding the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence and the risk and protective factors for women and children exposed to domestic violence. She is particularly interested in the early mother-child relationship, beginning during pregnancy, and how that may be a vehicle for this intergenerational transmission. As part of her program of research, she examines physiological factors, behavioral factors, as well as relational factors, including attachment in her investigations of the mechanisms through which violence and its effects are transmitted from parent to child.

Related Research Websites
MSU Mother Infant Study The study is focused on understanding the influences of domestic violence on the lives of women and children. Half of our original sample experienced some level of abuse from their partners (from mild to severe) and half served as the control group. Over time, however, some women have moved into and some out of abusive relationships. We are interested in what creates conditions of risk and resilience for these women and children. We also study how women's parenting and mental health as well as the social and psychological adjustment of their children are affected by various levels of hardship posed by domestic violence and other life circumstances.
Mother and Babies Study Does stress during pregnancy affect women's and infant's physical and emotional health? Our research examines whether relationship conflict is a stressor that works like other stressors by affecting the body's stress system and emotional responses to stress. We are recruiting 160 women and their one-year old children. The women will include those with and without relationship conflict during pregnancy and those with and without relationship conflict during the first year of the child's life. Looking at differences among these women and children will allow us to understand how relationship conflict affects women and children at different times in their lives.

Research Publications    
2013Lannert, B., Levendosky, A.A., & Bogat, G. A. (2013). The interaction of maternal personality traits and intimate partner violence as influences on maternal representations. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34, 222-233.
2013Levendosky, A. A. (2013). Drawing conclusions: An intergenerational transmission of violence perspective. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 351-360.
2013Basu, A., Levendosky, A. A., Lonstein, J. S. (2013). Trauma sequelae and cortisol levels in women exposed to intimate partner violence. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 247-275.
2013Bogat, G. A., Garcia, A., & Levendosky, A. A. (2103). Assessment and psychotherapy with women experiencing intimate partner violence: integrating research and practice. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 189-217.
2013Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Martinez-Torteya, C. (2013). PTSD symptoms in young children exposed to intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 19, 187-201.
2012Eshelman, L. & Levendosky, A. A. (2012). Dating violence: Mental health consequences based on type of abuse. Violence and Victims, 27, 215-228.
2012Levendosky, A. A., Lannert, B., & Yalch, M. (2012). The effects of intimate partner violence on women and child survivors: An attachment perspective. Psychodynamic Psychiatry,40, 397-434.
2011Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., & Huth-Bocks, A. (2011). The influence of domestic violence on the development of the attachment relationship between mother and young child. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(4), 512-527.
2011Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., Huth-Bocks, A., Rosenblum, K., & von Eye, A. (2011). The effects of domestic violence on the stability of attachment from infancy to preschool. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 398-410.
2011Malone, J.C, Westen, D., & Levendosky, A. A. (2011). Personalities of adults with traumatic childhood separations. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-24.