Dante Cichetti

Professor Dante Cicchetti


Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota


Professor Cicchetti's major research interests lie in the formulation of an integrative developmental theory that can account for both normal and abnormal forms of ontogenesis. His work has several foci:

  1. a multiple levels of analysis developmental psychopathology perspective;
  2. the developmental consequences of child maltreatment;
  3. neural plasticity and sensitive periods;
  4. the impact of traumatic experiences upon brain development; 
  5. the biology and psychology of unipolar and bipolar mood disorders;
  6. the study of attachment relations and representational models of the self and its disorders across the life span;
  7. multilevel perspectives on resilience;
  8. multilevel evaluations of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) interventions for depressed and maltreated children and adolescents; and
  9. epigenetics.

Cicchetti holds a joint appointment in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s psychiatry department. He holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the William Harris Endowed Chair.

Before joining the College, Cicchetti was the Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, N.Y. Cicchetti received a doctorate in clinical psychology and child development from the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology and Institute of Child Development in 1977. He was on the faculty of Harvard University where he served as the Norman Tishman Associate Professor of Psychology until he left for the University of Rochester in 1985. At Rochester, Cicchetti launched four major initiatives that have defined and established developmental psychopathology and directed Mt. Hope Family Center for over 20 years.

He has received a number of awards, including several honors from the American Psychological Association (APA). In 1999 he received both the APA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Clinical Child Psychology Award and the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Significant Contributions to Child Advocacy and Social Policy. He also received the APA Senior Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (2004).

Finally, he has received three of the highest honors of the Developmental Division of the APA: the G. Stanley Hall Award for Significant Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology (2005); the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society (2006); and the Mentorship Award (2008). 

In addition, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development and was bestowed the honor of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), both in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and the Association for Psychological Science’s 2014 James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research.

In 2015, Cicchetti was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the nation, and a leading center for independent policy research.

For a full CV, including a list of publications: Dante Cicchetti CV

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