Christopher Henrich

Ph.D., Yale University, 2001
Member, Developmental Psychology Program
Chair, Psychology Department
1150 UL

My interests focus on the role of contextual resilience factors in the development of children and adolescents. We are researching an array of factors--including different forms of violence exposure (e.g., terrorism, bullying) and social support (e.g., from parents and friends)--and how they interact in relation to children's academic and behavioral adjustment and well-being. I am particularly interested in development over key educational transitions, such as middle school, and in at risk populations, such as children in poverty.

Currently, my three main funded projects include: (1) an evaluation of after-school programs in Kansas City funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, (2) research in Israel on processes of risk and protection among a sample of youth from several communities in the Negev, and (3) research in collaboration with colleagues at the GSU Center for Research on School Safety on the effects and prevention of bullying. I am also involved with colleagues at the School Safety Center in several other collaborative research projects.

I have faculty affiliations with the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning and the Center for Research on School Safety, both at GSU, and with the Yale Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

Some Representative Publications

Henrich, C. C. (2013). Commentary on the special issue on parent involvement/engagement in early childhood education. NHSA Dialog, 16, 253-258.

Henrich, C. C., & Shahar, G. (2013). Effects of Exposure to Rocket Attacks on Adolescent Distress and Violence: A 4-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Kuperminc, G. P., Smith, E. P., & Henrich, C. C. (2013). Introduction to the Special Issue on “Social and Motivational Processes in After-School Settings: Bridging Gaps Between Theory, Research, and Practice”. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 5-16

Brookmeyer, K. A., Henrich, C. C., Cohen, G., & Shahar, G. (2011). Israeli adolescents exposed to community and terror violence: The protective role of social support. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 577-603.

Fanti, K. A., & Henrich, C. C. (2010) Trajectories of pure and co-occurring internalizing and externalizing problems from age 2 to age 12: Findings from the NICHD study of Early Child Care. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1159-1175.

Shahar, G., Cohen, G., Grogan, K., Barile, J., & Henrich, C.C. (2009). Terrorism-related perceived stress, adolescent depression, and social support from friends. Pediatrics, 124, e235-e240.

Varjas, K., Henrich, C. & Meyers, J. (2009). Urban middle school students’ perceptions of bullying, cyberbullying and school safety. Journal of School Violence, 8, 159-176.

Henrich, C.C., & Shahar, G. (2008). Social support buffers the effects of terrorism on early adolescent depression: Findings from Sderot, Israel. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(9), 1073-1076.

Henrich, C. C., & Gadaire, D. M. (2008) Head Start and parent involvement. Infants & Young Children, 21, 56-69.

Brookmeyer, K. A., Fanti, K. A., & Henrich, C. C. (2006). Schools, parents, and youth violence: A multilevel, ecological analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 35, 504-514.

Henrich, C. C. (2006). Context in action: Implications for the study of children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1083-1096.

Henrich, C. C., Brookmeyer, K. A., Shrier, L. A., & Shahar, G. (2006). Supportive relationships and sexual risk in adolescence: An ecological-transactional approach. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 286-297.

Brookmeyer, K. A., Henrich, C. C., & Schwab-Stone, M. (2005). Adolescents who witness community violence: Can parent support and prosocial cognitions protect them from committing violence? Child Development, 76, 917-929.

Henrich, C. C., Brookmeyer, K. A., & Shahar, G. (2005). Weapon violence in adolescence: Parent and school connectedness as protective factors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37, 306-312.

Henrich, C.C., Wheeler, C.M., & Zigler, E. (2005). Motivation as a facet of school readiness in a Head Start sample. NHSA Dialog, 8, 72-87.

Henrich, C. C., Schwab-Stone, M., Fanti, K., Jones, S. M., & Ruchkin, V. (2004). The association of community violence exposure with middle school achievement: A prospective study. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 327-348.

Shahar, G., Henrich, C. C., Blatt, S. J., Ryan, R., & Little, T. D. (2003). Interpersonal relatedness, self-definition, and their motivational orientation during adolescence: A theoretical and empirical investigation. Developmental Psychology, 39, 470-483.

Zigler, E., Bennett-Gates, D., Hodapp, R., & Henrich, C. (2002). Assessing personality traits of individuals with mental retardation. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 107,181-193.

Christopher Henrich