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Scott, Justin

Justin K Scott




Research advisor is Liz Gershoff

M.A., Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin

M.S., Psychological Sciences, UT Dallas

B.S., Psychology; Child Learning and Development, UT Dallas

Justin is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in understanding the individual, family, and contexual processes that predict aversive parenting and harsh discipline practices. Specifically, he is interested in the role of negative emotions in aversive parenting, reducing attitudes toward harsh discipline practices, and the role of the internet and social media in perpetuating misinformation about discipline. Additionally, he is interested in strengthening theory of longitudinal family interdependence and improving methodology for modeling complex family relations. 

Scott, J. K., Nelson, J. A., & Dix, T. (2018). Family interdependence among mothers, fathers, and children from early to middle childhood: Parent sensitivity and children’s externalizing behavior. Developmental Psychology, 54(8), 1528-1541. doi:10.1037/dev0000525

Boyer, B. P., Scott, J. K., & Nelson, J. A. (2016). Maternal conflict behavior profiles and child social skills. Social Development, 25(4), 759-776. doi:10.1111/sode.12169

Scott, J. K., & Dix, T. (2017, November). The emotional basis of aversive parenting: Aversion-sensitivity predicts both escalation and escape behavior. Poster presentation at the 2017 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Scott, J. K., & Dix, T. (2017, April). The emotional basis of aversive parenting: Mothers’ affective sensitivity to children’s aversiveness and reactivity. Poster presentation at the 2017 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas.

Scott, J. K. (2016, November). Fathers buffering the effects of maternal depression on child behavior. Paper presentation at the 2016 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Scott, J. K., & Hazen, N. (2016, March). Mothers’ and fathers’ limit-setting: A person-centered approach predicting toddlers’ autonomy. Paper presentation at the 2016 Society for Research in Human Development Biennial Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Scott, J. K., & Hazen, N. (2016, March). Relations of family stressors and mother and father parenting distress: A test of the spillover and crossover hypotheses. Poster presentation at the 2016 Society for Research in Human Development Biennial Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Scott, J. K., & Nelson, J. A. (2015, November). Reciprocal relations between father sensitivity and child behavior problems. Poster presentation at the 2015 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Scott, J. K., & Nelson, J. A. (2015, April). Reciprocal relations between father sensitivity and child behavior problems. Psychological Sciences Master’s poster presentation at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Boyer, B. P., Scott, J. K., & Nelson, J. A. (2015, March). Associations of maternal conflict behavior profiles with children’s social competence. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.