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Michelle Abraham, Ph.D.


Michelle Abraham


Degree:  Developmental Psychology, Kent State University

Research Interests/Specialties:  Developmental Psychology

Joined ISU:  August 1, 2019

Dr. Abraham received her Ph.D. in development psychology from Kent State University with an emphasis on attachment and social functioning.  Her graduate work examined how attachment predicts friendship during middle childhood and how that relationship is mediated by coping and emotion regulation.

Dr. Abraham's primary research interest is how attachment influences coping and social relationships in both childhood and later life.  She examines the impact of attachment of social success and early romantic involvement.  Dr. Abraham also researches the impact of stress on academic success in college by measuring the physiological markers of heart rate and cortisol levels during academic stress and how coping mediates these associations.

Dr. Abraham currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in lifespan development and health psychology.


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Abraham, M.M. & Kerns, K .A. (2013).  Positive and negative emotion and coping as mediators of the mother-child attachment and peer relationships.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59 (4), 399-425.

Kerns, K. A., Brumariu, L. E,, & Abraham, M. M. (2008).  Homesickness at summer camp:  Associations with mother-child attachment and peer relationships in middle childhood.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 54, 473-498.

Kerns, K. A., Abraham, M. M., Schlegelmilch, A., Morgan, T. A. (2007).  Mother-child attachment in later middle childhood:  Assessment approaches and associations with mood and emotion regulation.  Attachment and Human Development, 9, 33-53.

Kerns, K. A., Schlegelmilch, A., Morgan, T. A., & Abraham, M. M. (2005).  Assessing attachment in middle childhood.   In K. A. Kerns & R. A. Richardson (Eds.).  Attachment in Middle Childhood.  (pp. 46-70). NY: Guilford.


Department of Psychology