Christopher Trentacosta


Dr. Trentacosta is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University with a joint appointment at the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development.


Ph.D., University of Delaware (2006)

M.A., University of Delaware (2003)

B.A., Loyola College in Maryland (2000)

Office Location

Department of Psychology, 5057 Woodward Ave., 7th Floor

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology 

Developmental Psychopathology

Emotional Development

Early Childhood Development

Family Contextual Risk

Research Focus

Dr. Trentacosta's research examines self-regulatory skills and emotion competence among parents and their young children. He is especially interested in the roles of emotion competence and self-regulation in children's risk for behavior problems during early childhood and their adjustment to school. His research interests fall into three broad categories: (1) examinations of the correlates and outcomes of emotion competence and self-regulation from a developmental psychopathology perspective, (2) longitudinal investigations of transmission mechanisms (genetic factors, environmental exposures to toxicants, parent-child interaction patterns) that contribute to emotion regulation difficulties and behavior problems, and (3) evaluations of programs to promote emotion competence, self-regulatory skills, and school adjustment and to prevent conduct problems. He has expertise in conducting longitudinal research with low-income families and other populations that face significant life stressors.

Please see Dr. Trentacosta's lab website for more information about his research interests and ongoing projects:


 Licensed Psychologist, State of Michigan

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Courses Taught


PSY 1010, Introduction to Psychology

PSY 2400, Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PSY 4320, Introduction to Clinical Psychology


PSY 7240, Ethics and Diversity

PSY 7370, Psychological Interventions I

PSY 7380, Psychological Interventions II

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