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Oklahoma State University

Lucia Ciciolla



Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University
Psychology Department

Areas of Expertise

Maternal mental health; Infant mental health; Parenting; Clinical intervention; Longitudinal methodology

Population of Interest

Perinatal women; Mothers; Infants and young children; NICU families; Families involved with child welfare


Dr. Lucia Ciciolla is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Ciciolla earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child and family science and quantitative science from Arizona State University (ASU), and completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine in the Child-Community track. Dr. Ciciolla was trained as a clinical scientist with specializations in infancy and early childhood, perinatal and maternal mental health, parenting, trauma, and longitudinal methodology. Her research is broadly focused on understanding processes of risk and resilience within the context of the parent-child relationship, with primary interests in parental caregiving and parent-child interactions as mechanisms underlying children’s development and the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology. To understand these mechanisms, her research program is focused on three overlapping areas of research: (1) risks associated with maternal psychopathology and complex trauma; (2) early-identified developmental risks (e.g., developmental delays, temperament); and (3) social and environmental risks (e.g., poverty, health disparities, early life stress).