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Stephanie Block

Stephanie Block
Professor Stephanie D. BlockAssociate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3937
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 4th Floor
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Research Interests

Child Maltreatment; Psychology & Law; Memory for Trauma; Child Eyewitness Testimony; Prevention Science.

Stephanie Block's research has broadly focused on children in the legal system, the effect of trauma on children's wellbeing and memory for emotional events, and the prevention of child maltreatment. Guided by a social-ecological perspective and interdisciplinary training, she conducts research that generates knowledge and informs public policy relevant to children in the child welfare and legal systems. Specifically her research is organized into three major areas:

  1. Child Maltreatment - to advance our understanding of children in at-risk environments who show resilience (e.g., healthy, adaptive, or positive functioning despite maltreatment histories) and promote research-based interventions that help prevent child maltreatment.

  2. Psychology and Law- to determine the best contexts for children to participate in the legal system and to understand how well adults can evaluate child witnesses.

  3. Memory for Trauma - to better understand children's memory for traumatic and emotional events.

Dr. Stephanie Block joined the UML faculty in 2011. She teaches courses in Psychology and Law and Child and Adolescent Development.


  • Ph D: Developmental Psychology, Children in Court, (2008), University of California - Davis, California
  • MA: Psychology, (2006), University of California - Davis, California
  • BS: Psychology, (2003), Union College - Schenectady, NY

Selected Awards and Honors

  • National Institute of Justice Award (2014) - U.S Department of Justice
  • National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect Special (2009) - research meeting
  • Departmental Block grant Award (2007) - UC Davis
  • APA Section on Child Maltreatment Dissertation Award (2006) - APA
  • Delta Delta Delta Graduate Scholarship (2006)
  • Department Block Grant Award (2006) - UC Davis
  • Department Block Grant Award (2005) - UC Davis
  • APS Travel Assistance Award (2004)
  • Department Block Grant Award (2004) - UC Davis
  • NSF Research Experience for Graduates Award (2004) - NSF
  • Work Study Award (2004)
  • Psi Chi Service Award (2003) - Psi Chi
  • Charles D. Stewart Scholarship for outstanding psychology majors (2002)
  • Joel A. Halpern Prize for community service (2002)

Selected Publications

  • Harris, L.S., Block, S., Ogle, C.M., Goodman, G.S., Augusti, E., Larson, R.P., Culver, M.A., Pineda, A.R., Timmer, S.G., Urquiza, A. (2016). Coping Style and Memory Specificity in Adolescents and Adults with Histories of Child Sexual Abuse. Memory, 24(8) 1078-1090.
  • Block, S., Poplin, A.B., Wang, E.S., Widaman, K.F., Runyan, D.K. (2016). Variation in Acceptable Child Discipline Practices by Child Age: Perceptions of Community Norms by Medical and Legal Professionals. Behavioral Sciences & the Law!!!, 34(1) 95-112.
  • Villodas , M., Jones, D., Thompson, R., Litrownik, A., Roesch, S., Hussey, J., Block, S., English, D., Dubowitz, H. (2015). Developmental Transitions in Presentations of Externalizing Problems among Boys and Girls at Risk for Child Maltreatment. Dev Psychopathol Development and Psychopathology, 27(01) 205-219.
  • Hobbs, S., Oran, D., Block, S., Widaman, A., Goodman, G., Baumrind, N., Quas, J., Widaman, K., Park, A. (2014). Child Maltreatment Victims’ Attitudes about Appearing in Dependency and Criminal Courts. CYSR Children and Youth Services Review, 44 407-416.
  • McWilliams, K., Augusti, E., Dion, J., Block, S., Melinder, A., Goodman, G. (2014). Children as Witnesses (pp. 285-299). Sage
  • Block, S., Foster, E.M., Pierce, M.W., Berkoff, M.C., Runyan, D.K. (2013). Multiple Forensic Interviews during Investigations of Child Sexual Abuse: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Applied Developmental Science, 17(4) 174-183.
  • Ogle, C.M., Block, S., Harris, L.S., Goodman, G.S., Pineda, A., Timmer, S., Urquiza, A., Saywitz, K.J. (2013). Autobiographical Memory Specificity in Child Sexual Abuse Victims. Development and psychopathology, 25(2) 321-332.
  • Block, S., Segovia, D.A., Shestowsky, D., Goodman, G.S., Schaaf, J.M., Alexander, K.W. (2012). Adults’ Abilities to Discern Children’s True and False Memory Reports. Law and human behavior, 36 365-374.
  • Thompson, R., Wiley, T., Lewis, T., Dubowitz, H., Litrownik, A., English, D., Isbell, T., Block, S. (2012). Links between Traumatic Experiences and Expectations about the Future in High Risk Youth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.Psychological Trauma, 4 293-302.
  • Goodman, G.S., Ogle, C.M., Block, S., Harris, L.S., Larson, R.P., Augusti, E.M., Cho, Y.I., Beber, J., Timmer, S., Urquiza, A. (2011). False Memory for Trauma-related Deese-Roediger-McDermott Lists in Adolescents and Adults with Histories of Child Sexual Abuse. Development and psychopathology, 23(2) 423.
  • Lewis, T.L., Kotch, J., Wiley, T.R., Litrownik, A.J., English, D.J., Thompson, R., Zolotor, A.J., Block, S., Dubowitz, H. (2011). Internalizing Problems: A Potential Pathway from Childhood Maltreatment to Adolescent Smoking. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(3) 247-252.
  • Shestowsky, D., Block, S., Segovia, D.A., Goodman, G.S., Schaaf, J.M., Alexander, K.W. (2011). “That Never Happened”: Adults’ Discernment of Children’s True and False Memory Reports. Law and human behavior.
  • Block, S., Oran, H., Oran, D., Baumrind, N., Goodman, G.S. (2010). Abused and Neglected Children in Court: Knowledge and Attitudes. Child abuse & neglect, 34(9) 659-670.
  • Block, S., Greenberg, S.N., Goodman, G.S. (2009). Remembrance of Eyewitness Testimony: Effects of Emotional Content, Self Relevance, and Emotional Tone. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(12) 2859-2878.
  • Block, S., Shestowsky, D., Goodman, G., Segovia, D., Schaaf, J., Alexander, K. (2009). Adults’ Abilities to Discern Children’s True and False Memories.
  • Ogle, C., Block, S., Harris, L.T., Culver, M., Augusti, E., Timmer, S., Urquiza, A., Goodman, G.S. (2008). Accuracy and Specificity of Autobiographical Memory in Childhood Trauma Victims: Developmental Considerations (pp. 171-203).
  • Malloy, L., Mitchell, E., Block, S., Quas, J., Goodman, G.S. (2006). Children’s eyewitness memory: Balancing children’s needs and defendants’ rights when seeking the truth (pp. 545-574).

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • APA Division 41 Grant-in-Aid (), Grant - APA
  • Travel to Haifa University, Israel (2000), Grant - Department of Psychology/Dean's office
    Block, S.
  • Funds for Data Collection (2013), Grant -
    Block, S. (Principal)
  • Merit Award from the Department of Psychology for paying research participants (2012), Grant -
    Block, S.
  • Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Incarcerated Youth (2012), Grant - Seed Grant
    Block, S.
  • Merit Award from the Department of Psychology for Forensic Interview Training (2011), Grant -
    Block, S.
  • Loan Repayment Program Recipient (2009), Grant - National Institute of Health
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2005), Fellowship - NSF
    Block, S.
  • American Society of Trial Cosultants (2005), Grant -
    Block, S.
  • NIMH Predoctoral-Fellowship-Affective Sciences in Emotion (2004), Fellowship - NIMH
    Block, S.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholar (2002), Grant -
    Block, S.