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Paula Fite

Assistant Professor
Clinical Child Psychology

Ph.D., 2007, University at Buffalo, State University of New York,
completed internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center
Research Areas: Clinical Child Psychology

pfite@ku.edu


Research Interests

The lab's programmatic line of research focuses on developmental models of risk for child and adolescent problem behavior. That is, we are interested in the etiology and developmental progression of child and adolescent problem behavior - aggression, delinquency and substance use in particular. Consistent with social learning theory, which posits that behavior is learned and further exacerbated through socialization processes (i.e., modeling, conditioning, and reinforcement), our research has and will continue to examine the impact of social context (e.g., neighborhood, parents, and peers) and child characteristics (e.g., temperament) on the developmental progression of child and adolescent problem behavior.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications
    * Denotes student authors

Fite, P. J., *Rathert, J. L., Stoppelbein, L., & Greening, L. (in press).  Social Problems as a Mediator of the Link between Reactive Aggression and Withdrawn/Depressed Symptoms. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., Greening, L., & *Preddy, T. M. (in press). Association between Relational Aggression, Depression and Suicidal Ideation in a Child Psychiatric Inpatient Sample. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Fite, P.J., *Vitulano., M., & *Preddy, T. M. (in press). The Positive Impact of Attending a Community-Based Youth Program on Child Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Community Psychology 

Fite, P. J., *Wimsatt, A., *Elkins, S., & *Grassetti, S. (in press). Contextual Influences of Proactive and Reactive Subtypes of Aggression. Child Indicators Research.

*Kivisto, A. J., Moore, T. M., Fite, P. J., & Seidner, B. G. (in press). Future Orientation and Competence to Stand Trial: The Fragility of Competence. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

*Rathert, J., Fite, P. J., *Gaertner, A. E., & *Vitulano, M. (in press). The   Influence of Effortful Control and Psychological Control on Proactive and Reactive Aggression. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

*Shorey, R. C., *Sherman, A. E., *Brasfield, H., *Febres, J., Fite, P. J. & Stuart, G. L. (in press). The Moderating Effect of Perceived Support from a Dating Partner on the Association between Dating Violence Victimization and Adjustment. Violence Against Women.

*Vitulano, M., Fite, P. J., *Rathert, J., *Gaertner, A. E., *Wynn, P., & Hill, R. (in press).  The Influence of Neighborhood Safety on the Relation between Caregiver Alcohol Use and the Risk for Child Symptoms of Depression. Journal of Substance Use.

*Wynn, P. T., Fite, P. J., & Pardini, D. A. (in press). Childhood Predictors of Transition into Early Adulthood among African-American and Caucasian Males. Race and Social Problems

Fite, P. J., *Rathert, J. L., *Grassetti, S., *Gaertner, A. E., *Campion, S., & Fite, J. L., & *Vitulano, M. (2011). Longitudinal Investigation of the Link between Proactive and Reactive Aggression and Disciplinary Actions. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 205-214.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., *Gaertner, A. E., Greening, L., & Elledge, L. C. (2011). Further Evaluation of the Forms and Functions of Aggression Measure within a Child Inpatient Population. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 28, 1-16.

Fite, P. J., & *Vitulano, M. (2011).  Proactive and reactive aggression and physical activity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 11-18.

*Gaertner, A. E., Fite, P. J., & Colder, C. R. (2011). Moderating Effect of Intimate Exchange on Delinquent Socialization Processes. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 258-270.

*Shorey, R. C., Rhatigan, D. L., Fite, P. J., & Stuart, G. L. (2011). Dating Violence Victimization and Alcohol Problems: An Examination of the Stress-Buffering Hypothesis for Perceived Support. Partner Abuse, 2, 31-45.

Fite, P. J., Raine, A., Loeber, R., Stouthamer-Loeber, M., & Pardini, D. A. (2010). Reactive and Proactive Aggression in Adolescent Males: Examining Differential Outcomes 10 Years Later in Early Adulthood. Criminal Justice and Behavior 37(2), 141-157.

Fite, P. J., *Vitulano, M., *Wynn, P, *Wimsatt, A., *Gaertner, A, & *Rathert, J. (2010). Influence of Perceived Neighborhood Safety on Proactive and Reactive Aggression. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 757-768.

*Gaertner, A.E., Fite, P. J., & Colder, C. R. (2010). Parenting and friendship quality as predictors of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in early adolescence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 101-108.

*Gaertner, A. E., *Rathert, J., Fite, P. J., *Vitulano, M., *Wynn, P, & *Harber, J. (2010). Sources of Parental Knowledge as Moderators of the Relation Between Parental Psychological Control and Relational and Physical/Verbal Aggression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 607-616.

Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., & Luebbe, A., & Fite, P.J. (2010).  Aggression and the risk of suicidal behavior among children.  Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 40, 337-345.

Pardini, D. A., & Fite, P. J. (2010). Symptoms of CD, ODD, ADHD, and Callous-Unemotional Traits as Unique Predictors of Psychosocial Maladjustment in Males: Advancing an Evidence Base for DSM-V. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 1134-1144.

*Smith, J. D., Welsh, D. P., & Fite, P. J. (2010). Adolescents' relational schemas and their subjective understanding of romantic relationship interactions. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 147-157.

Stoppelbein, L., Greening, L., & Fite, P. J. (2010). Role of Cortisol in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms among Mothers of Children Diagnosed with Cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 960-965.

*Vitulano, M., Fite, P. J., & *Rathert, J. (2010). Delinquent peer influence on childhood delinquency:  The moderating effect of impulsivity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32, 315-322.

Fite, P. J., Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., & Fabiano, G. A. (2009). Confirmatory factor analysis of the antisocial process screening device with a clinical inpatient population. Assessment, 16, 103-114.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., & Greening, L. (2009).  Proactive and reactive aggression in a child psychiatric inpatient population. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 199-205.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., & Greening, L. (2009).  Proactive and reactive aggression in a child psychiatric inpatient population:  Relations to psychopathic characteristics. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36 481- 493.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., & Greening, L. (2009). Predicting readmission to a child psychiatric inpatient unit: The impact of parenting styles. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18, 621-629.

Fite, P., Stoppelbein, L., Greening, L., & *Gaertner, A. (2009).  Further validation of a measure of proactive and reactive aggression within a clinical child population.  Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40, 367-382.  

Fite, P. J., *Wynn, P., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2009).  The influence of neighborhood disadvantage and perceived disapproval on early substance use initiation. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 769-771.

Fite, P. J., *Wynn, P., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2009). The effect of neighborhood disadvantage on proactive and reactive aggression. Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 542-546.

Fite, P. J., *Wynn, P., & Pardini, D. (2009). Explaining discrepancies in arrest rates between black and white male juveniles. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 916-927. 

Fite, P. J., Colder, C.R., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2008).  Developmental trajectories of proactive and reactive aggression from fifth to ninth grade. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 412-421.

Fite, P. J., Colder, C. R., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2008). The relation between childhood proactive and reactive aggression and substance use initiation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 261-271.

Fite, P. J., Greening, L., & Stoppelbein, L. (2008). Relation between parenting stress and psychopathic traits among children. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 26, 239-248.

Fite, P. J., Stauffacher, K. Ostrov, J. M., & Colder, C. R. (2008). Replication and extension of Little et al.'s (2003) forms and functions of aggression measure.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32, 238-242.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., & Greening, L. (2008). Parenting stress as a predictor of age upon admission to a child psychiatric inpatient facility. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 39, 171-183.

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L. Greening, L., & Dhoossche, D. (2008). Child internalizing and externalizing behavior as predictors of age at first admission and risk for repeat admission to a child inpatient facility. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 63-69.

Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., Fite, P. J., Dhossche, D. Erath, S., Brown, J., Cramer, R., & Young, L. (2008). Pathways to suicidal behaviors in childhood. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 38, 35-45.

Pardini, D., Fite, P. J., and Burke, J. (2008). Bidirectional associations between parenting practices and conduct problems in boys from childhood to adolescence: The moderating effect of age and African-American ethnicity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 647-662.

Fite, P. J., & Colder, C. R. (2007). Proactive and reactive aggression and peer delinquency: Implications for prevention and intervention. Journal of Early Adolescence, 27, 223-240.

Fite, P. J., Colder, C. R., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2007). Pathways from proactive and reactive aggression to substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 355-364.

O'Connor, R. M., Fite, P. J., Nowlin, P., & Colder, C. R. (2007). Children's beliefts about substance use: An examination of age differences in implicit and explicit cognitive precursors of substance use initiation. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 525-533.     

Fite, P. J., Colder, C. R., Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2006). The mutual influence of parenting and boys' externalizing behavior problems. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 151-164.

Fite, P. J., Colder, C. R., & O'Connor, R. M. (2006). Childhood behavior problems and peer selection and socialization: Risk for adolescent alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 31, 1454-1459.

Fite, P. J., Colder, C. R., & Pelham, W. E. (2006).  A factor analytic approach to distinguish pure and co-occurring dimensions of proactive and reactive aggression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 35, 578-582.

Colder, C. R., Lengua, L. J., Fite, P. J., Mott, J. A., & Bush, N. R. (2006).  

Temperament in context: Infant temperament moderates the relationship between perceived neighborhood quality and behavior problems. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 456-467.

MacKenzie, E. P., Fite, P. J., & Bates, J. E. (2004). Predicting outcome in behavioral parent training: Expected and unexpected results. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 26, 37-54.

Book Chapters

Fite, P. J., *Rathert, J., Colder, C. R., Lochman, J. E. & Wells, K. C. (in press). Proactive and Reactive Aggression. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York, NY: Springer.

Stoppelbein, L., Greening, L., & Fite, P. J. (2009).  The Role of Plasma Cortisol in Conduct Problems and Antisocial Traits in Latency-age Girls. In C. Quin & S. Tawse (Eds.), Handbook of Aggressive Behavior Research.  Hauppauge, NY: Nova.



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