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Sonya Negriff, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor, Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSocial Work
AddressATT 360
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-1400
Phone+1 213 821 2206
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    Cornell University1998Dean's List
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center2007  - 2009NRSA fellow-T32 institutional training grant General Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine

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    SONYA NEGRIFF joined the USC School of Social Work 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.


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    Online Social Networks and Risky Sexual Behavior in Maltreated Adolescents
    NIH/NICHD K01HD069457Apr 1, 2012 - Mar 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Mennen FE, Negriff S, Schneiderman JU, Trickett PK. Longitudinal associations of maternal depression and adolescents' depression and behaviors: Moderation by maltreatment and sex. J Fam Psychol. 2018 Mar; 32(2):240-250. PMID: 29658761.
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    2. Negriff S, Valente TW. Structural characteristics of the online social networks of maltreated youth and offline sexual risk behavior. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Feb 07. PMID: 29428353.
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    3. Negriff S. Developmental pathways from maltreatment to risk behavior: Sexual behavior as a catalyst. Dev Psychopathol. 2018 May; 30(2):683-693. PMID: 28925343.
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    4. Noll JG, Trickett PK, Long JD, Negriff S, Susman EJ, Shalev I, Li JC, Putnam FW. Childhood Sexual Abuse and Early Timing of Puberty. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Jan; 60(1):65-71. PMID: 27836531.
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    5. Negriff S, Schneiderman JU, Trickett PK. Concordance Between Self-Reported Childhood Maltreatment Versus Case Record Reviews for Child Welfare-Affiliated Adolescents. Child Maltreat. 2017 Feb; 22(1):34-44. PMID: 27777329.
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    6. Schneiderman JU, Kennedy AK, Negriff S, Jones J, Trickett PK. Maltreated and comparison adolescents' recollections of lifetime residences: Relationship to delinquency and marijuana use. J Child Fam Stud. 2016 Dec; 25(12):3481-3487. PMID: 28154476.
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    7. Schneiderman JU, Negriff S, Trickett PK. Self-Report of Health Problems and Health Care Use among Maltreated and Comparison Adolescents. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2016 Feb 01; 61:1-5. PMID: 26778870.
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    8. Peckins MK, Susman EJ, Negriff S, Noll JG, Trickett PK. Cortisol profiles: A test for adaptive calibration of the stress response system in maltreated and nonmaltreated youth-CORRIGENDUM. Dev Psychopathol. 2016 11; 28(4pt2):1563-1564. PMID: 26780839.
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    9. Negriff S, Schneiderman JU, Trickett PK. Child Maltreatment and Sexual Risk Behavior: Maltreatment Types and Gender Differences. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Nov-Dec; 36(9):708-16. PMID: 26349071; PMCID: PMC4635067 [Available on 11/01/16].
    10. Peckins MK, Susman EJ, Negriff S, Noll J, Trickett PK. Cortisol profiles: A test for adaptive calibration of the stress response system in maltreated and nonmaltreated youth. Dev Psychopathol. 2015 Nov; 27(4 Pt 2):1461-70. PMID: 26535937.
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    11. Ji J, Negriff S, Kim H, Susman EJ. A study of cortisol reactivity and recovery among young adolescents: Heterogeneity and longitudinal stability and change. Dev Psychobiol. 2016 Apr; 58(3):283-302. PMID: 26517401.
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    12. Negriff S, Saxbe DE, Trickett PK. Childhood maltreatment, pubertal development, HPA axis functioning, and psychosocial outcomes: An integrative biopsychosocial model. Dev Psychobiol. 2015 Dec; 57(8):984-93. PMID: 26358357.
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    13. Negriff S, James A, Trickett PK. Characteristics of the Social Support Networks of Maltreated Youth: Exploring the Effects of Maltreatment Experience and Foster Placement. Soc Dev. 2015 Aug 01; 24(3):483-500. PMID: 26388678.
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    14. Negriff S, Brensilver M, Trickett PK. Elucidating the mechanisms linking early pubertal timing, sexual activity, and substance use for maltreated versus nonmaltreated adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Jun; 56(6):625-31. PMID: 26003577; PMCID: PMC4442272.
    15. Negriff S, Blankson AN, Trickett PK. Pubertal Timing and Tempo: Associations With Childhood Maltreatment. J Res Adolesc. 2015 Jun 01; 25(2):201-213. PMID: 26146470.
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    16. Stevens KI, Schneiderman JU, Negriff S, Brinkmann A, Trickett PK. The whole picture: Child maltreatment experiences of youths who were physically abused. Child Abuse Negl. 2015 May; 43:30-41. PMID: 25613088.
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    17. Schneiderman JU, Kools S, Negriff S, Smith S, Trickett PK. Differences in caregiver-reported health problems and health care use in maltreated adolescents and a comparison group from the same urban environment. Res Nurs Health. 2015 Feb; 38(1):60-70. PMID: 25557881; PMCID: PMC4297563.
    18. Schneiderman JU, Negriff S, Peckins M, Mennen FE, Trickett PK. Body mass index trajectory throughout adolescence: a comparison of maltreated adolescents by maltreatment type to a community sample. Pediatr Obes. 2015 Aug; 10(4):296-304. PMID: 25170967.
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    19. Saxbe DE, Negriff S, Susman EJ, Trickett PK. Attenuated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning predicts accelerated pubertal development in girls 1 year later. Dev Psychopathol. 2015 Aug; 27(3):819-28. PMID: 25154521; PMCID: PMC4342325.
    20. Beal SJ, Negriff S, Dorn LD, Pabst S, Schulenberg J. Longitudinal associations between smoking and depressive symptoms among adolescent girls. Prev Sci. 2014 Aug; 15(4):506-15. PMID: 23689842; PMCID: PMC3800222.
    21. Negriff S, Schneiderman JU, Smith C, Schreyer JK, Trickett PK. Characterizing the sexual abuse experiences of young adolescents. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Feb; 38(2):261-70. PMID: 24095179; PMCID: PMC3965641.
    22. Trickett P, Negriff S. Review: Childhood non-sexual maltreatment is associated with poor mental and sexual health outcomes. Evid Based Ment Health. 2013 May; 16(2):55. PMID: 23487512.
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    23. Negriff S, Trickett PK. Peer substance use as a mediator between early pubertal timing and adolescent substance use: longitudinal associations and moderating effect of maltreatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Nov 01; 126(1-2):95-101. PMID: 22609060; PMCID: PMC3445715.
    24. Schneiderman JU, Mennen FE, Negriff S, Trickett PK. Overweight and obesity among maltreated young adolescents. Child Abuse Negl. 2012 Apr; 36(4):370-8. PMID: 22571911; PMCID: PMC3359392.
    25. Negriff S, Hillman JB, Dorn LD. Does competence mediate the associations between puberty and internalizing or externalizing problems in adolescent girls? J Adolesc Health. 2011 Oct; 49(4):350-6. PMID: 21939864; PMCID: PMC3179610.
    26. Negriff S, Ji J, Trickett PK. Exposure to peer delinquency as a mediator between self-report pubertal timing and delinquency: a longitudinal study of mediation. Dev Psychopathol. 2011 Feb; 23(1):293-304. PMID: 21262055; PMCID: PMC3616621.
    27. Brensilver M, Negriff S, Mennen FE, Trickett PK. Longitudinal relations between depressive symptoms and externalizing behavior in adolescence: moderating effects of maltreatment experience and gender. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2011; 40(4):607-17. PMID: 21722032.
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    28. Negriff S, Susman EJ, Trickett PK. The developmental pathway from pubertal timing to delinquency and sexual activity from early to late adolescence. J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Oct; 40(10):1343-56. PMID: 21191640; PMCID: PMC3594103.
    29. Negriff S, Trickett PK. The Relationship between Pubertal Timing and Delinquent Behavior in Maltreated Male and Female Adolescents. J Early Adolesc. 2010 Aug 01; 30(4):518-542. PMID: 23970810.
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    30. Negriff S, Dorn LD, Pabst SR, Susman EJ. Morningness/eveningness, pubertal timing, and substance use in adolescent girls. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Feb 28; 185(3):408-13. PMID: 20674040; PMCID: PMC3032034.
    31. Negriff S, Dorn LD, Huang B. Pubertal timing and smoking initiation in adolescent females: differences by race. Nicotine Tob Res. 2010 Jul; 12(7):748-55. PMID: 20484344; PMCID: PMC2893293.
    32. Negriff S, Noll JG, Shenk CE, Putnam FW, Trickett PK. Associations between nonverbal behaviors and subsequent sexual attitudes and behaviors of sexually abused and comparison girls. Child Maltreat. 2010 May; 15(2):180-9. PMID: 20410025; PMCID: PMC4725307.
    33. Hillman JB, Negriff S, Dorn LD. Perceived competence and contraceptive use during adolescence. Contraception. 2010 Mar; 81(3):249-53. PMID: 20159183; PMCID: PMC2824621.
    34. Negriff S, Dorn LD, Hillman JB, Huang B. The measurement of menstrual symptoms: factor structure of the menstrual symptom questionnaire in adolescent girls. J Health Psychol. 2009 Oct; 14(7):899-908. PMID: 19786516; PMCID: PMC4301608.
    35. Marklein E, Negriff S, Dorn LD. Pubertal timing, friend smoking, and substance use in adolescent girls. Prev Sci. 2009 Jun; 10(2):141-50. PMID: 19067163.
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    36. Negriff S, Dorn LD. Morningness/Eveningness and menstrual symptoms in adolescent females. J Psychosom Res. 2009 Aug; 67(2):169-72. PMID: 19616145; PMCID: PMC4067163.
    37. Pabst SR, Negriff S, Dorn LD, Susman EJ, Huang B. Depression and anxiety in adolescent females: the impact of sleep preference and body mass index. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jun; 44(6):554-60. PMID: 19465319; PMCID: PMC3676884.
    38. Dorn LD, Negriff S, Huang B, Pabst S, Hillman J, Braverman P, Susman EJ. Menstrual symptoms in adolescent girls: association with smoking, depressive symptoms, and anxiety. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Mar; 44(3):237-43. PMID: 19237109; PMCID: PMC2667342.
    39. Negriff S, Fung MT, Trickett PK. Self-Rated Pubertal Development, Depressive Symptoms and Delinquency: Measurement Issues and Moderation by Gender and Maltreatment. J Youth Adolesc. 2008 Jul 01; 37(6):736-746. PMID: 25152546.
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