My primary research interest has been in the investigation of stress, coping, and psychosocial functioning in African American adolescents. I examine the effects of stressors in multiple contexts on depression and anxiety in urban, ethnic minority youth. My research has also examined the role of modifiable protective factors, such as coping strategies and parent-child relationships, among youth in high-risk contexts. My recent work focuses on exposure to community violence as a stressor for youth in urban communities. I am interested in examining the variability in community violence exposure, understanding the longitudinal impact of violence exposure on subsequent adolescent functioning, identifying coping strategies that may be both adaptive for community violence exposure, and understanding the process of desensitization to community violence and how it may be linked to subsequent emotional and behavioral functioning. We are using findings of this research to advocate for strengths-based, trauma-responsive services and interventions for adolescents exposed to violence. The goal of our community- and school-based research is to enhance the well-being of African American youth and families.
Phan, J., Harris, B. & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (in press). Coping socialization in African American families: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Family Psychology.
Phan, J. & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (in press). Examining the pathologic adaptation model of community violence exposure in justice involved adolescents: The moderating and mediating effects of moral disengagement. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.
Boxer, P., Brunson, R., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Kahn, K., Patton, D., Richardson, J., Rivera, L., Smith-Lee, J. R., Staller, M., Krahé, B., Dubow, E., Parrott, D., & Algrim, K. (2021). Addressing the Inappropriate Use of Force by Police in the United States and Beyond: A Behavioral and Social Science Perspective. Report of the Police Violence Commission International Society for Research on Aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 47, 502-512.
Woods-Jaeger, B., Briggs, E. C., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Cho, B., & Lemon, E. (2021). Translating cultural assets research into action to mitigate adverse childhood experience-related health disparities among African American youth. American Psychologist, 76, 326-336.
Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Pitzer, K., Foell, A., Enelamah, N., Chu, Y., Yu, M., Neweransky, C. & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (2021). Exposure to violence and posttraumatic stress among youth in public housing: Do community, family, and peers matter? Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 8, 264-274.
So, S., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., & Voisin, D. R. (2021). Examining the factor structure of the coping with community violence scale for urban youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(1-2), 1127-1154.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Graham, S., Barbarin, O., Tolan, P. & Murry, V. M. (2021). Coping and adaptation in challenging environments: Introduction to the special issue on development of boys and young men of color. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 101220.
Phan, J., So, S., Thomas, A., & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (2020). Hyperarousal and hypervigilance in African American male adolescents exposed to community violence. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 70, 101168.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Burnside, A. & Tinsley, D. (2020). The prevalence and longitudinal patterns of continuous community violence exposure and trauma-related symptoms in serious male adolescent offenders. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33, 541–551.
Barbarin, O., Tolan, P., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., & Murry, V. (2020). Promoting social justice for African American boys and young men through research and intervention: A challenge for developmental science. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 196-207.
Pierre, C., Burnside, A., & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (2020). A longitudinal examination of community violence exposure, school belongingness, and mental health among African American adolescent males. School Mental Health, 12(2), 388-399.
Sargent, E., Zahniser, E., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Morency, M. & Jenkins, E. (2020). Examining the effects of family and community violence on African American adolescents: The roles of violence type and relationship proximity to violence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 40(5), 633-661.
Anderson, R. E., Jones, S. C. T., Anyiwo, N., McKenny, M., & Gaylord-Harden, N. (2019). What’s race got to do with it? The contribution of racial socialization to Black adolescent coping. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 29(4), 822–831.
Burnside, A. & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (2019). Hopelessness as a predictor of community violence exposure in ethnic minority male adolescent offenders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47(5), 801-810.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Bai, G. J., So, S. & Tolan, P. H. (2018). Adolescent males of color exposed to community violence: Do parents impact adolescents’ coping strategies? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(10), 3262-3276.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Barbarin, O., Tolan, P. & Murry, V. M. (2018). Understanding development of African American boys and young men: Moving from risks to positive development. American Psychologist, 73(6), 753-767.
So, S., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Voisin, D. & Scott, D. (2018). Future orientation as a protective factor for African American adolescents exposed to community violence. Youth and Society, 50(6), 734-757.
Burnside, A., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., So, S., & Voisin, D. R. (2018). A latent class analysis of community violence exposure and peer delinquency in African American adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 91, 196-203.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Bai, G. J., & Simic, D. (2017). Examining a dual-process model of desensitization and hypersensitization to community violence in African American male adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(5), 463-471.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., So, S., Bai, G. J. & Tolan, P. H. (2017). Examining the effects of emotional and cognitive desensitization to community violence exposure in male adolescents of color. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(4), 463-473.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., So, S., Bai, G. J., Henry, D. & Tolan, P. H. (2017). Examining the pathologic adaptation model of community violence exposure in male adolescents of color. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(1), 125-135.
Janusek, L. W., Tell, D., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., & Matthews, H. L. (2017). Relationship of childhood adversity and neighborhood violence to a proinflammatory phenotype in emerging Adult African American men: An epigenetic link. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 60, 126-135.
Voisin, D. R., Patel, S., Hong, J. S., Takahashi, L. & Gaylord-Harden, N. K. (2016). Behavioral health correlates of exposure to community violence among African American adolescents in Chicago. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 97-105.
So, S., Voisin, D., Burnside, A., & Gaylord-Harden, N. K., (2016). The relationship between future orientation and health related factors among African American adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 15-21.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Dickson, D. & Pierre, C. L. (2016). Profiles of community violence exposure among African American youth: An examination of desensitization using latent class analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(11), 2077-2101.