Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut
Xin Feng's research centers on the interplay of temperament, emotion regulation, parent-child interaction, and contextual influences (e.g., parental mental health and culture) in the development of adaptive and maladaptive socioemotional functioning throughout childhood. Using advanced longitudinal and observational methods, her research has contributed to the understanding of the risk mechanisms of childhood internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, as well as the processes of emotional development and adjustment outcomes across normative and at risk populations.
She has several ongoing research projects that investigates emotional and cognitive regulation in preschool-age children of depressed and non-depressed mothers. She is particularly interested in examining the intricate relations between cognitive and emotion regulation, the role they play in the development of early emotional and behavioral problems, and how these cognitive and emotional processes may serve as mechanisms that link maternal depression and child adverse outcomes.
2014 – present: Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Department of Human Sciences, Human Development and Family Science Program
2008 – 2014: Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, Department of Human Sciences, Human Development and Family Science Program
2007 – 2008: Postdoctoral research associate, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
2005 – 2007: Postdoctoral research associate, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology
Peer reviewed articles (* denotes student author)
Feng, X., Harkness, S., Super, C. M., Welles, B., Bermudez, M. R., Bonichini, S., Moscardino, U., & Zylicz, P. O. (2020). Parents’ concepts of the successful school child in seven Western cultures. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 170, 143-170. doi: 10.1002/cad.20337
*Gerhardt, M., Feng, X., Wu, Q., Hooper, E. G., & Ku, S. (2020). A naturalistic study of parental emotion socialization: Unique contributions of fathers. Journal of Family Psychology, 34, 204-214. doi: 10.1037/fam0000602
*Wu, Q., & Feng, X. (2020). Infant emotion regulation and cortisol response during the first two years of life: Association with maternal parenting profiles. Developmental Psychobiology. doi: 10.1002/dev.21965
*Ku, S., Feng, X., Hooper, E. G., Wu, Q., & Gerhardt, M. (2019). Interactions between familial risk profiles and preschoolers’ emotionality in predicting executive function. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 63, 76-86. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2019.06.001
*Wu, Q., Feng, X., *Gerhardt, M., & Wang, L. (2019). Maternal depressive symptoms, rumination, and child emotion regulation. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01430-5
*Wu, Q., Feng, X., Hooper, E. G., *Gerhardt, M., *Ku, S., & *Chan, M. H. M. (2019). Mother’s emotion coaching and preschooler’s emotionality: Moderation by maternal parenting stress. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 65. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2019.101066
*Yan, J., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Feng, X. (2019). Trajectories of mother-child and father-child relationships across middle childhood and associations with depressive symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1381-1393. doi: 10.1017/S0954579418000809
*Yan, J., Feng, X., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2018). Longitudinal associations between parent-child relationships in middle childhood and child-perceived loneliness. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 841–847. doi: 10.1037/fam0000446
Feng, X., *Hooper, E., & *Jia, R. (2017). From compliance to self-regulation: Development during early childhood. Social Development, 26, 981-995. doi: 0.1111/sode.12245
*Hooper, E., Feng, X., Christian, L., & Slesnick, N. (2015). Emotion expression, depressive symptoms, and stress: Maternal profiles related to child outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1319-1331. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0019-6
Feng, X., Harkness, S., Super, C. M., & *Jia, R. (2014). Shyness and adaptation to school in a Chinese community. Infant and Child Development, 23, 662-671. doi: 10.1002/icd.1851
Feng, X., Forbes, E. E., Kovacs, M., George, C. J., Lopez-Duran, N. L., Fox, N. A., Cohn, J. F. (2012). Children’s depressive symptoms in relation to EEG frontal asymmetry and maternal depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40(2), 265-276.
Feng, X., Shaw, D. S., Moilanen, K. L. (2011). Parental negative control moderates the shyness–emotion regulation pathway to school-age internalizing symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 425-436.
Feng, X., Keenan, K., Hipwell, A. E., Henneberger, A. K., Rischall, M. S., Butch, J., Coyne, C., Boeldt, D., Hinze, A., Babinski, D. (2009). Longitudinal associations between emotion regulation and depression in preadolescent girls: Moderation by the caregiving environment. Developmental Psychology. 45, 798-808.
Feng, X., Shaw, D. S., Kovacs, M. K., Lane, T., O’Rourke, F. E., & Alarcon, J. H. (2008). Emotion regulation in preschoolers: The roles of behavioral inhibition, maternal affective behavior, and maternal depression. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 132-141. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01828.x
Feng, X., Shaw, D. S., & Silk, J. S. (2008). Developmental trajectory of anxiety symptoms among boys during early and middle childhood. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 32-47. doi: 10.1037/0021-843X.117.1.32
Feng, X., Shaw, D. S., Skuban, E. M., & Lane, T. (2007). Emotional exchange in mother-child dyads: Stability, mutual influence, and the association with maternal depression and child problem behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 714-725. doi: 10.1037/0893-3184.108.40.2064