Developmental Psychopathology, Conduct Problems, Comorbidity


Dr. Drabick’s expertise is broadly in developmental psychopathology, and more specifically in youth externalizing problems. Her work includes such areas as risk and resilience, co-occurring psychological conditions, contextual influences, and intervention. She has published articles related to most childhood conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, and autism. Dr. Drabick is particularly interested in assessment of neurodevelopmental processes that may predict treatment outcomes and using advanced statistical techniques to understand the development of co-occurring psychological conditions. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychological Foundation, PA Department of Health, and Temple University. She has received numerous awards for teaching and has served as a reviewer for DSM-5 Work groups, NIH grant review panels, numerous journals, and conferences. Dr. Drabick is active in APA Division 12 and in initiatives aimed at bridging science and practice in clinical psychology training.


Selected Publications

  • Hampton, A.*, Drabick, D.A., & Steinberg, L. (in press). Does IQ moderate the relation between psychopathy and juvenile offending? Law and Human Behavior.
  • Iampietro, M., Giovannetti, T., Drabick, D.A., & Kessler, R. (in press). Empirically defined patterns of executive function deficits in schizophrenia and their relation to everyday functioning: A person-centered approach. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
  • Sprafkin, J., Steinberg, E.*, Gadow, K.D., & Drabick, D.A. (in press). Agreement among categorical, dimensional, and impairment criteria for ADHD and common co-morbidities. Journal of Attention Disorders.
  • Drabick, D.A., & Gadow, K.D. (2012). Deconstructing oppositional defiant disorder: Clinic-based evidence for an anger/irritability phenotype. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 384-393.
  • Gadow, K.D., & Drabick, D.A. (2012). Anger and irritability symptoms among youth with ODD: Cross-informant versus informant-exclusive syndromes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 1073-1085.
  • Gadow, K.D., & Drabick, D.A. (2012). Symptoms of autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders in clinically-referred youth with oppositional defiant disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 1157-1168.
  • Hershenberg, R., Drabick, D.A., & Vivian, D. (2012). How can graduate training programs bridge the clinical practice and research gap? Psychotherapy, 49, 123-134.
  • Teachman, B., Drabick, D.A., Hershenberg, R., Vivian, D., Wolfe, B.E., & Goldfried, M.R. (2012). Bridging the gap between clinical research and clinical practice. Psychotherapy, 49, 97-100.
  • Xie, H., Drabick, D.A., & Chen, D.* (2011). Developmental trajectories of aggression from late childhood through adolescence: Differential correlates and outcomes across gender. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 387-404.
  • Drabick, D.A., Bubier, J.*, Chen, D.,* Price, J.*, & Lanza, H.I.* (2011). Source-specific oppositional defiant disorder among inner-city children: Prospective prediction and moderation. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 23-35.
  • Lanza, H.I.*, & Drabick, D.A. (2011). Family routine moderates the relation between child impulsivity and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 83-94.
  • Drabick, D.A., & Kendall, P.C. (2010). Developmental psychopathology and the diagnosis of mental health problems among youth. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 272-280.
  • Drabick, D.A., Ollendick, T.H., & Bubier, J.* (2010). Co-occurring ODD and anxiety: Shared risk processes and evidence for a dual-pathway model. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 307-318.
  • Drabick, D.A., & Baugh, D. (2010). A community-based approach to preventing youth violence: What can we learn from the playground? Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 4, 189-196.
  • Carpenter, J.*, & Drabick, D.A. (2011). Co-occurrence of linguistic and behavioral difficulties in childhood: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Early Child Development and Care, 181, 1021-1045.
  • Kendall, P.C., & Drabick, D.A. (2010). Problems for the book of problems? Diagnosing mental health disorders among youth. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 265-271.
  • Bubier, J.*, & Drabick, D.A. (2009). Co-occurring anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders: The roles of anxious symptoms, reactive aggression, and shared risk processes. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 658-669.
  • Bubier, J.*, Drabick, D.A., & Breiner, T.* (2009). Autonomic functioning moderates the relation between contextual factors and externalizing behaviors among inner-city children. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 500-510.
  • Blatt-Eisengart, I.*, Drabick, D.A., Monahan, K., & Steinberg, L. (2009). Sex differences in the longitudinal relations among family risk factors and childhood externalizing symptoms. Developmental Psychology, 45, 491-502.
  • Drabick, D.A. (2009). Can a developmental psychopathology perspective facilitate a paradigm shift toward a mixed categorical-dimensional classification system? Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 16, 41-49.
  • Drabick, D.A., Gadow, K.D., & Loney, J. (2008). Co-occurring ODD and GAD symptom groups: Source-specific syndromes and cross-informant comorbidity. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 314-326.
  • Bubier, J.*, & Drabick, D.A. (2008). Affective decision-making and externalizing behaviors: The role of autonomic activity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 941-953.
  • Gadow, K.D., DeVincent, C.J., & Drabick, D.A. (2008). Oppositional defiant disorder as a clinical phenotype in children with pervasive developmental disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1302-1310.
  • Drabick, D.A., Gadow, K.D., & Loney, J. (2007). Source-specific oppositional defiant disorder: Comorbidity and risk factors in referred elementary schoolboys. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 92-101.
  • Drabick, D.A., Weisberg, R.W., Paul, L., & Bubier, J.* (2007). Keeping it short and sweet: Brief, ungraded writing assignments facilitate learning. Teaching of Psychology, 34, 172-176.
  • Drabick, D.A., Beauchaine, T.P., Gadow, K.D., Carlson, G.A., & Bromet, E.J. (2006). Risk factors for conduct problems and depressive symptoms in a cohort of Ukrainian children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 35, 244-252.
  • Drabick, D.A., Gadow, K.D., & Sprafkin, J. (2006). Co-occurrence of conduct disorder and depression in a clinic-based sample of boys with ADHD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47, 766-774.