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Xin Feng

Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 247-1680

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Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut

Research Interests

Research Summary

Xin Feng’s research focuses on the development of emotion regulation and emotional problems during early and middle childhood and the roles of temperament, parenting, and culture in the developmental processes. She is also interested in quantitative methods for longitudinal study.

She has an ongoing research project that investigates attentional and emotional regulation in preschool-age children of depressed and non-depressed mothers. She is particularly interested in examining the intricate relations between attentional control and emotion regulation, the role they play in the development of early emotional and behavioral problems, and how these attentional and emotional processes may serve as mechanisms that link maternal depression and child adverse outcomes.


2008 – present: 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

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed articles (* denotes student author)

Yoo, H.*, Feng, X., Day, R. (in press). Adolescents’ empathy and prosocial behavior in the family context: A longitudinal study. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Harwood, R., Feng, X., Yu, S. (2013). Preadoption adversity and health outcomes among international, foster, and private domestic adoptees in the United States. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(3), 409-420.

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.

Slesnick, N., Guo, X.*, Feng, X. (2012). Change in parent- and child-reported internalizing and externalizing behaviors among substance abusing runaways: The effects of family and individual treatments. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 980-993.

Hipwell, A., Stepp, S., Feng, X., Burke, J., Battista, D., Loeber, R., Keenan, K. (2011). Impact of oppositional defiant disorder dimensions on the temporal ordering of conduct problems and depression in girls across childhood and adolescence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(10). 1099-1108.

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.

Keenan, K., Hipwell, A. E., Feng, X., Rischall, M., Henneberger, A., Klostermann, S. (2010). Lack of assertion, peer victimization and risk for depression in girls: Testing a diathesis-stress model. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(5), 526-528.

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.

Keenan, K., Feng, X., Hipwell, A. E., Klostermann, S. (2009). Depression begets depression: Comparing the predictive utility of depression and anxiety symptoms to later depression. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1167-1175.

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.

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.

Forbes, E. E., Shaw, D. S., Silk, J. S., Feng, X., Cohn, J. F., Fox, N. A., Kovacs, M. (2008). Children’s affect expression and frontal EEG asymmetry: Transactional associations with mothers’ depressive symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 207-221.

Keenan, K., Hipwell, A. E., Feng, X., Babinski, D., Hinze, A., Rischall, M., Henneberger, A. (2008). Subthreshold symptoms of depression in preadolescent girls are stable and predictive of depressive disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 1433-1442.

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.

 Book chapters

Keenan, K., Feng, X., Hipwell, A. E., Hinze A. E., Babinski, D.E., Loeber, R., Stouthamer-Lober, M. (2011). Developmental comorbidity of depression and conduct problems in girls. In M. Kerr, H. Stattin, R. C. M. E. Engels, G. Overbeek, A-K Andershed (Eds.), Understanding girls’ problem behaviors (pp. 117-137). New York: John Wiley.

Harwood, R. L., Feng, X. (2006).  Issues of study of acculturation among Latinos in the U.S. In M. H. Bornstein L. R. Cote (Eds.). Acculturation and parent-child relationships (pp. 197-222).  Mahwah, New Jersey: Erlbaum.