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Stephanie Ewing

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Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing


Assistant Professor

Counseling and Family Therapy Department

Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, MPH, is a clinical and developmental psychologist. Her research focuses on healthy emotional development in childhood and adolescence and the impact of caregiving and attachment relationships on emotional development and well-being. Much of her research explores parenting approaches and the various influences on parenting. She has a particular interest in studying these relationships within racial and ethnic minority families and families coping with poverty and marginalization. Finally, her program of research focuses on translating knowledge from basic scientific research into clinical intervention and prevention programs that can effect change at both individual and systemic levels.

Together with mentors and colleagues from the University of Delaware, she contributed to the development and testing of “The Emotions Course for Children,” an emotions-based prevention program for preschool children. Ewing was also a co-investigator on Family Safety Net 2, an NIMH funded clinical trial investigating the efficacy of Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) vs. Individual Supportive Therapy for adolescents struggling with depression and suicide risk. Through current NIMH research support, she continues to work to identify risk and protective factors in youth at risk for depression and suicide.

Graduate students working with her may choose to participate in:

  1. Basic research that strengthens the scientific understanding of emotional development in children and emotional processes in families, including associated psychobiological and neurological processes.
  2. Translational research focused on program development, evaluation and implementation.

Professional Society

Society for Research in Child Development
Society for Research in Adolescence
Society for Emotion and Attachment Study
National Council for Family Relations

Selected Publications

Hunt, Q. A., Krauthamer Ewing, E. S., Weiler, L. M., Ogbaselase, F. A., Mendenhall, T., McGuire, J. K., ... & Diamond, G. S. (2021). Family relationships and the interpersonal theory of suicide in a clinically suicidal sample of adolescents. Journal of marital and family therapy.

Krauthamer Ewing, E.S., Hunt,Q., Singer, J.S., Diamond, G.S., Winley, D.M (2020). Youth Suicide Risk. In Wampler, K.S. (Ed.) Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Holtrop, K., Krauthamer Ewing, E. S., Topham, G. (2020). Prevention of Parent-Child Relational Problems: The Role of Parenting Interventions. In Wampler, K.S. (Ed.) Handbook of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Krauthamer Ewing, E. S., Herres, J., Dilks, K., Rahim, F., Trentacosta, C. (2019). Understanding of Emotions and Empathy: Predictors of Positive Parenting with Preschoolers in Economically Stressed Families. Journal of Child and Family Studies.  doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-01303-6.

Diamond, G. S., Kobak, R. R., Krauthamer Ewing, E. S., Levy, S. A., Herres, J. L., Russon, J. M., & Gallop, R. J. (2018). A Randomized-Controlled Trial: Attachment-Based Family and Nondirective Supportive Treatments for Suicidal Youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Grant participation:

Agency: National Institute of Mental Health ID#: RO3
Title: “Improvements in Mentalizing as a Mechanism of Change in Psychotherapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents”
Role on Project: Principal Investigator
Total costs for project period: $150,000 Project period: 2/1/2022 – 2/1/2024

Agency: Drexel University Research & Development Fund - Racial Inequality Limited Submission Competition
Title: “Couple/Marriage and Family Therapists Extent of Training Experiences for Race-Related Stress and Racial Trauma”
Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator
Total costs for project period: $5,000
Project period: 7/30/2020-7/30/2021

Agency: Family Process Institute
Title: “Supporting Workforce Development: Exploring the Person of the Therapist (POTT) Training Model."
Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator
Total costs for project period: $5,000
Project period: 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

Agency: NIH/NIMH ID#:R01 MH091059
Title: “Attachment Based Family Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents”
Role on Project: Project Manager and Co-Investigator
Total costs for project period: $3,492,426
Project period: 07/10/2011 – 05/31/2016

Editorial review board membership:

Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2020-current)

Journal of Family Studies, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2020-current)

Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2018-current)

Journal of Child and Family Studies, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2018-current)

Journal of Affective Disorders, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2017-current)

Journal of Research on Adolescence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2020-current)

Research Interests

  • Parent-child attachment quality and the impact on socioemotional development in children and teens
  • Risk and protective factors for adolescent depression and suicide
  • Protective role of emotion knowledge and emotional intelligence across development
  • Attachment and Emotion Focused Intervention
  • The impact of trauma on parenting and attachment; intergenerational transmission of trauma and attachment
  • Research Methodology

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  • Promoting healthy emotional development and resilience in children and adolescents
  • Attachment and caregiving relationships
  • The impact of trauma on parenting and attachment
  • Developmental and contextual risk factors for depression and suicide risk in youth
  • Evidence Based Treatments for Depression and Suicide Risk
  • Research Methodology

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, 2012
Master of Arts in Psychology, 2008

  • Dissertation Title: Affective, Cognitive, and Physiological
    Correlates of Sensitive Parenting and Children’s Outcomes
    in an Urban Head Start Sample
  • Dissertation Chair: Carroll E. Izard, PhD

Columbia University, New York, New York
Master of Public Health, 2000

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, 1997