Celene Domitrovich

Assistant Director

Contact Information

108 Henderson South Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-2530



Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1998

Research Interests

My primary interest as a prevention scientist is to apply my knowledge of developmental psychopathology to create interventions for children that promote school readiness and prevent mental disorders. This involves conducting efficacy, effectiveness and dissemination research in order to determine whether these interventions are effective and then how to optimize their usefulness and sustainability under real-world conditions. My basic research centers on the development of social and emotional competence in young children, the role of parents and teachers in children’s acquisition of these skills, and how these skills are related to success in school. 

Selected Publications

Belsky, J., Domitrovich, C.E., & Crnic, K. (1997). Temperament and parenting antecedents of individual differences in 3-year-old pride and shame reactions. Child Development, 68, 456-466.

Domitrovich, C. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2000). The study of implementation: Current findings from effective programs for school aged children. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 11, 193-222.

Domitrovich, C. E. & Bierman, K. (2001). Parenting practices and child social adjustment: Multiple pathways of influence. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 47, 235-263.

Greenberg, M. T., Domitrovich, C. E., & Bumbarger, B. (2001). The prevention of mental disorders in school-aged children: Current state of the field. Prevention and Treatment. [Project Report] [Executive Summary, Project Report] [Article]

Gill, S., Domitrovich, C. E., Pepple, L. & Kennedy, J. (2002). Partnership to evaluate an Early Head Start program. National Head Start Association Dialog, 5, 191-212.

Welsh, J., Domitrovich, C. E., & Lang, J. (2003). Promoting safe schools and healthy students in rural Pennsylvania. Psychology in the Schools.

Gest, S. D., Freeman, N. R., Domitrovich, C. E., & Welsh, J. A. (2004). Parent discipline style as a moderator of the association between shared book reading and language comprehension skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19, 319-336.

Domitrovich, C. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2004). Preventive interventions with young children: Building on the foundation of early intervention programs. Early Education and evelopment, 15, 365-370.

Greenberg, M. T., Domitrovich, C. E., Graczyk, P. A., & Zins, J. E. (2004). The study of implementation in school-based preventive interventions: Theory, research, and practice. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services. Final project report. [Project Report]

Gest, S. D. Domitrovich, C. E., & Welsh, J. A. (2005). Peer academic reputation in elementary school: Associations with changes in self-concept and academic skills. Journal of Educational Psychology. 97, 337-346.

Gest, S. D., Welsh, J. A., & Domitrovich, C. E. (2005). Behavioral predictors of changes in social relatedness and liking school in elementary school. Journal of School Psychology, 43, 281-301.

Domitrovich, C. E., Cortes, R., & Greenberg, M. T. (in press). Improving young children's social and emotional competence: A randomized trial of the Preschool PATHS Program. Journal of Primary Prevention. 

Center Affiliations

  • Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center