Dr. Andrea A. Zevenbergen
Most of my research falls into the broad area of parent-child interactions. For example, I study parental educational interactions with preschoolers and effective parental discipline behaviors. I enjoy collaborating with students on research; together, we plan studies, collect and analyze data, and prepare presentations based on the research findings.
My teaching interests include courses in child psychopathology, theories of psychotherapy, and counseling. I also frequently serve as the department Internship Coordinator. Students may participate in a wide variety of internships, including school counseling, clinical psychology, human resources, counseling with incarcerated individuals, domestic violence, health and wellness, and school psychology.
Department and University Service
In the department, I update the department webpages. On the university level, I am the Faculty Athletics Representative for the university, and also serve as the Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletic Board.
Selected Student - Faculty Collaborations
Jemiolo, S., & Zevenbergen, A. (2013, April). Factors related to gains from a parent-child shared reading program. Presentation at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Meadville, PA.
VanBergen, A., Zevenbergen, A., & Welch, A. (2013, March). Parent-child dialogic reading and its effects on at-risk preschoolers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Paiko, L., & Zevenbergen, A. (2012, April). A reading intervention for preschoolers with ADHD symptoms. Poster session presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Edinboro, PA.
Zevenbergen, A. A., Holmes, A., Haman, E., & Johnston-Robledo, I. (2011, August). Variability in mothers' support for preschoolers' contributions to co-constructed narratives as a function of child age. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Zevenbergen, A., Haman, E., Pilat, J., & Potkowa, S. (2011, July). Language specificity in the production of derivations and compounds in Polish and American English-speaking preschool children. Poster session presented at the XII International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Montreal.
Zevenbergen, A. A., & Ryan, M. M. (2010). Gender differences in the relationship between attention problems and expressive language and emerging academic skills in preschool-aged children. Early Childhood Development and Care, 180, 1337-1348.
Lachner, W. M., Zevenbergen, A. A., & Zevenbergen, J. A. (2008). Parent and child references to letters during alphabet reading: Relations to child age and letter name knowledge. Early Education and Development, 19, 1 - 19.