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Lynch School of Education

Penny Hauser-Cram

professor and department chair
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department


Ed.D., Harvard University


Longitudinal investigations of children, youth, and families; children and adolescents with developmental disabilities; children and adolescents living in poverty; effects of early education



Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 33

Distinguished Faculty Award, Golden Key International Honour Society

Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin

Rev. J. R. Trzaska, SJ, Award, Boston College

Excellence in Research Award, Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents

Summer Fellow, Society for Research in Child Development Institute on Social Policy

Co-Chair of Editorial Board, Harvard Educational Review


Selected Books/Monographs

Hauser-Cram, P., Nugent, J.K., Thies, K.M., & Travers, J.F. (2014). Development of Children and adolescents.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Hauser-Cram, P. Warfield, M.E., Shonkoff, J. P., & Krauss, M. W. with Sayer, A. & Upshur, C.C. (2001). Children with disabilities:  A longitudinal study of child development and parent well-being.  Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 66 (3, Serial No. 266).


Selected Journal Articles

Hauser-Cram, P., & Woodman, A.C. (2016).  Trajectories of internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in children with developmental problems in children with developmental disabilities.  Journal of Abnormal child Psychology, 44(4), 811-821.

Mitchell, D.B., Szczerepa, A., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2016). Spilling over:  Partner parenting stress as a predictor of family cohesion in parents of adolescents with developmental disabilities.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 49-50, 258-267.  doi: 10.1016/ridd.2015.12.007

Heyman, M., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2015). Negative life events predict performance on an executive function task in young adults with developmental disabilities.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(8), 746-754.

Litt, J.S., Glymour, M., Hauser-Cram, P., Hehir, T., & McCormick, M.C. (2015). The effect of the Infant Health and Development Program on special education use at school age.  The Journal of Pediatrics, 166(2), 457-462.  doi:  10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.09.066

Woodman, A.C., Mawdsley, H.P., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2015). Parenting stress and child behavior problems within families of children with developmental disabilities:  Transactional relations across 15 years.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 264-276.  doi:  10.1016/j.ridd.2014.10.011

Mitchell, D.B., Hauser-Cram, P., & Crossman, M. (2014).  Relationship dimensions of the 'Down syndrome advantage'. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(6), 506-518.  doi:  10.1111/jir.12153

Hauser-Cram, P., Woodman, A.C., & Heyman, M. (2014). Early mastery motivation as a predictor of executive function in young adults with developmental disabilities.  Journal of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 119(6), 536-551.  doi: 10.1352/1944-7588-119.6.536 


Selected Book Chapters

Hauser-Cram, P., Heyman, M., & Bottema-Beutel, K. (in press).  Early childhood education and care for children with disabilities.  In E. Votruba-Drzal & E. Dearing (Eds.), Handbook of early childhood development programs practices and policies:  Theory-based and empirically-supported strategies for promoting young children's growth in the U.S. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 

Hauser-Cram, P., Warfield, M.E., Shonkoff, J.P., Krauss, M.W., Sayer, A., Upshur, C.C., & Heyman, M. G-A. (2014). Children with disabilities: A developmental-contextual perspective.  In H.B. Weiss, H. Kreider, M.E. Lopez, & C. Chapman-Nelson (Eds.), Preparing educators to engage families: Case studies using an ecological systems framework (pp. 8-11). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hauser-Cram, P., Cannarella, A., Tillinger, M. & Woodman, A. (2013).  Disabilities and development.  In R.M. Lerner, A. Easterbrooks, & J. Mistry (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of psychology, Vol. 6, Developmental psychology (2nd ed.) (pp. 547-569). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Hauser-Cram, P., & Mitchell, D.B. (2012). Early childhood education.  In S. Graham (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of educational psychology, Vol. 3. Applications to teaching and learning (pp. 3-22.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Hauser-Cram, P., Howell-Moneta, A.N., & Young, J.M. (2011).  Dyadic interaction between mothers and children with Down syndrome or Williams syndrome:  Empirical evidence and emerging agendas.  In J. Burack, R.M. Hodapp, G. Iarocci, & E. Zigler (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of intellectual disabilities and development (2nd ed., pp. 318-333). New York:  Oxford University Press.


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