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Peggy Keller

Research Interests:
Developmental psychopathology
Family stress

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2006

I am currently seeking graduate students!

Keller Lab News!

If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant in my lab, please contact my graduate student Kyle Rawn (

The education abroad program Violence Against Women in Southeast Asia, which I direct, is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Recently Submitted Papers:

Bi, S., Zhou, H., Wang, J., Zhou, H., & Keller, P. S. (2022). Parental mindfulness and externalizing problems in Chinese adolescents: Parenting anxiety and negative parenting as mechanisms. Manuscript submitted for publication. Conditional Acceptance.


Keller, P. S., & Rawn, K. P. (2022) Development of the Parent Religious Socialization Scale. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Keller, P. S., Rawn, K. P., Dunsmore, J., Zvolensky, M. & El-Sheikh, M. (2021). Parent Drinking to Regulate Emotions is Associated with Observed Parenting Difficulties. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Keller, P. S., Stumbo, T., & Rawn, K. P. (2022). Changes in grandparent-grandchild relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown: Associations with mental health in college students. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Rawn, K., & Keller, P. S. (2022). Parent narcissism and child socio-emotional well-being: The role of parenting. Manuscript submitted for publication.


Scott B. F. & Keller, P. S. (2020). Parental problem drinking and child social behavior: Pathways of risk through family dysfunction. Manuscript submitted for publication. Revise & Resubmit.


Worick, C. E., Usher, E. L., Osterhage, J., Love, A. M. A., & Keller, P. S. (2022). Self-efficacy and implicit theories of willpower: Predictors of self-regulation in college biology. Manuscript submitted for publication. Revise & Resubmit.


Research Interests

I am a developmental psychologist with special interests in the area of Developmental Psychopathology.

I am affiliated with the Children at Risk Research Group. More information about this group is available here
I am also a Faculty Associate of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women. More information about the Center can be found here:

At the most general level, my research concerns how family stress contributes to children’s risk for physical and mental health problems via coping processes. Some of my research also focuses on health and conflict in romantic relationships.

I focus on the following family stressors: Parental problem drinking, marital conflict, parental aggression and abuse, and parental depression. My research on parental problem drinking has been a major focus of my career.

In terms of coping processes, I often examine: emotion regulation, attachment and emotional security, psychophysiology (autonomic nervous system), neuroendocrine functioning (cortisol), and inflammatory processes.

In terms of physical and mental health outcomes, I have evaluated emotional problems, behavioral problems, disordered eating, sleep difficulties, and academic outcomes. My sleep research is another important focus of my work.



This page was last updated April 22, 2021

Selected Publications:


Malone, S. G., Keller, P. S., Hammerslag, L. H., & Bardo, M. T. (in press).  Escalation and reinstatement of fentanyl self-administration in male and female rats. Psychopharmacology.

Rawn, K. P., Keller, P. S., Bi, S., & Schoenberg, N. (in press). Salivary markers of stress in grandparents rearing grandchildren in rural Appalachia: The role of mental Health, religiosity, and social support. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.

Hansen, A., Brown, R., Schoenberg, N., & Keller, P. S. (2020). Sources of stress and strength: Contextualizing the experience of grandparents rearing grandchildren in Appalachia. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 1-21.

Bi, S., & Keller, P. S. (2019). Parental empathy, aggressive parenting, and child adjustment in a non-custodial high risk sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0886260519870165.

Elsey, T., Keller, P. S., & El-Sheikh, M. (2019). The role of couple sleep concordance in subjective sleep quality: attachment as a moderator of associations. Journal of Sleep Research, 28, e12825-e12836.

Keller, P. S., Bi, S., & Schoenberg, N. (2019). Children being reared by their grandparents in rural Appalachia: Relations between psychosocial stress and changes in salivary markers of inflammation over time. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 12, 269-277.

Prassel, Cole, H., Carlson, C., & Keller, P. S. (2018) Religious Beliefs and Behaviors as Predictors of Substance Use Among College Students. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 12, 101-115.

Bi, S., Haak, E. A., Gilbert, L. R., El-Sheikh, M., & Keller, P. S. (2018). Father attachment, father emotion expression, and children’s attachment to fathers: The role of marital conflict. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(4), 456.

Bi, S., Haak, E. A., Gilbert, L. R., & Keller, P. S. (2017). Children Exposed to Marital Conflict Exhibit More Disordered Eating Behaviors: Child Emotional Insecurity and Anxiety as Mechanisms of Risk. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(11), 3112-3122.

Borca, G., Rabaglietti, E., Roggero, A., Keller, P., Haak, E., & Begotti, T. (2017). Personal Values as a Mediator of Relations Between Perceived Parental Support and Control and Youth Substance Use. Substance Use & Misuse, 52(12), 1589-1601.

Haak, E. A., Keller, P. S., & DeWall, C. N. (2017). Daily variations in attachment anxiety and avoidance: A density distributions approach. Journal of Research in Personality, 69, 218-224.

Keller, P. S., Gilbert, L. R., Haak, E., Bi, S., & Smith, O. (2017). Earlier school start times are associated with behavioral problems in elementary schools. Sleep Health, 3, 113-118.

Keller, P. S., Gilbert, L. R., Haak, E. A., Bi, S., & Smith, O. A. (2017). Response to Troxel commentary: further evidence that school start times are associated with behavioral problems in elementary schools. Sleep Health, 3(4), 228-230.

Keller, P. S., Haak, E. A., DeWall, C. N., & Renzetti, C. (2017). Poor sleep is associated with greater marital aggression: the role of self-control. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1-8.