Clinical Psychology, Child Maltreatment, Attachment


Sandra earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2006 and completed her clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Sandra completed a post doctoral fellowship at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she investigated the long term impact of childhood maltreatment on adult attachment relationships. Sandra continued to investigate the impact of childhood maltreatment and early disruptions in care as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware in 2008. She has provided child, adult and family therapy in a variety of clinical settings including a private practice and nursing home. Sandra began teaching as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in 2011 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at TCNJ from 2017-2018. She has also taught psychology courses at Rider University. Her research and publications focus on investigating the impact of foster care, adoption and maltreatment on children’s healthy development

Selected Publications

  • Widom, C. S. , Czaja, S., Sepulveda-Kozakowski, S. & Chauhan, P. (2017). Does adult attachment style mediate the relationship between childhood maltreatment and mental and physical health outcomes? Child Abuse & Neglect. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.05.002
  • Sepulveda-Kozakowski, S. ( 2017). Family systems theory. In M. Alexander & V. McGinley (Eds.), Parents and Families of students with special needs: Collaborating across the agespan (pp. 24-35). Thousad Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Widom, C. S., Kahn, E. E., Kaplow, J. B., Sepulveda Kozakowski, S. & Wilson, H. (2007). Child abuse and neglect: Potential derailment from normal developmental pathways. NYS Psychologist, 19, 2-6.
  • Lewis, E. E., Dozier, M., Ackerman, J., & Sepulveda Kozakowski, S. (2007). The effect of placement instability on adopted children’s inhibitory control abilities and oppositional behavior. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1415-1426.
  • Sepulveda Kozakowski, S. (2007). Attachment theory in clinical work with maltreated children. Section on Child Maltreatment Newsletter, 12, 3.

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Development across the lifespan
  • Developmental Seminar
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality and Theory
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Psychology of Power, Oppression and Privilege
  • Research Methods and Theory
  • Social Psychology