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Research Interests

As a life-span developmental health psychologist, I examine how adolescents and adults across the life span manage chronic illnesses (e.g., type 1 and type 2 diabetes, cancer) in the context of their family and friend relationships. In our recent developmental model of parent-child coordination (Berg et al., 2017), we explore how a foundation of high-quality parental involvement may facilitate young adults’ self-regulation and use of other relationships (romantic partners, friends, physicians) to facilitate chronic illness management. This model provides an important theoretical bridge between the adolescent and adult development research. My research examines how parents and spouses may facilitate or derail diabetes management during adolescence, emerging adulthood, and adults across the adult lifespan. The focus of much of my research has been on how individuals may benefit from working collaboratively with close relationships (most especially their parents, spouse, or romantic partner) to facilitate the completion of adherence tasks, especially individuals with lower cognitive and EF abilities. We have modeled these family self- and social-regulation processes utilizing dyadic and dynamical system models to capture family processes as they emerge across time (Butner, Berg et al., 2017).

Opportunities For Students

We are looking for students who are excellent workers as well as independent and able to take direction well. We are particularly interested in applicants who are majoring in psychology or a health-related field (at least in their sophmore year) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. We do require at least 3 hours of work per week, and prefer 6, so only those students who are able to commit to that time should inquire. We will provide all the necessary training so no previous research experience is required, although any students who have had experience should not be discouraged from applying. Interested students should have some degree of computer experience (i.e., familiar with the internet and Microsoft Word and have access to email). Interested parties with special skills (e.g., bilingual with excellent communication skills in English and Spanish, data entry experience) are particularly encouraged to apply. Cindy Berg's Lab is looking for research assistants. If you are interested fill out the application. Download Application

Education

Ph.D. Yale University (Developmental Psychology, 1987)
M.Phil. Yale University (Developmental Psychology, 1985)
M.S. Yale University (Developmental Psychology, 1984)
B.S. University of Washington (Psychology, 1981)

Selected Publications

Berg, C. A., Sewell, K. K., Hughes, A. E., Wilson, S. J., & Brewer, C. (2016).  A developmental perspective to dyadic coping across adulthood.  In J. Bookwala (Ed.), Couple Relationships in Mid and Late-Life:  Current Perspectives.  Washington D.C.:  American Psychological Association.

Berg, C. A., Butner, J. E., Turner, S. L., Lansing, A. H., King, P., & Wiebe, D. J. (2016).  Adolescents’, mothers’, and fathers’ reports of adherence across adolescence and their relation to diabetes management.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 1009-1019.

Berg, C. A., Butner, J., Wiebe, D. J., Hughes, A. E., Osborn, P., King, P. S., Palmer, D. L., & Butler, J. M. (2017).  Developmental model of parent-child coordination for self-regulation in type 1 diabetes management across childhood and into emerging adulthood. Developmental Review, 46, 1-26.

Berg, C. A., Queen, T. L., Butner, J. E., Turner, S. L., & Lansing, A. H., Main, A., Anderson, J., Thoma, B., Winnick, J., & Wiebe, D. J. (2017).  Adolescent disclosure to parents and daily management of type 1 diabetes.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 75-84.

Lansing, A. H., Berg, C. A., Wiebe, D. J., Butner, J. (2016).  Self-control, daily negative affect and blood glucose control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.  Health Psychology, 35, 643-651.

Queen, T. L., Butner, J. E., Wiebe, D. J., & Berg, C. A. (2016).  A Micro-Developmental View of Parental Well-being in Families Coping with Chronic Illness.  Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 843-853.

Suchy, Y. Turner, S. L., Queen, T. L., Durracio, K., Wiebe, D., J., Butner, J., Franchow, E. I., White, P. C., Murray, M. A., Swinyard, M., Berg, C. A. (2016).  The relation of questionnaire and performance-based measures of executive functioning with type 1 diabetes outcomes among late adolescents.  Health Psychology, 35, 661-669.

Current Graduate Students

Sara Turner
Caitlin Kelly
Mary Jane Simms

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Robert Kent de Grey

Eunjin Lee Tracey

Former Graduate Students

Batya Elbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, Department of Psychology, University of Miami

Tracy Masiello, Ph.D., Divorce and Superior Court Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, Charlott, North Carolina. 

Sean Meegan, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at Intermountain Healthcare

Barbara Ross, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Psychologist/Neuropsychologist, Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI

JoNell Strough, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, West Virginia University

Frances Deviney, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Kids Count Director Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin TX

Debra Palmer, Ph.D., Professsor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Ryan Beveridge, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director Center for Training Evaluation, and Community Collaboration, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Delaware

Kelly Ko, Ph.D., Principal Investigator at West Health, San Diego, CA

Amy Hughes Lansing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno.

Last Updated: 5/23/18