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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Diego Campus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Behavioral and Social Learning Theories of Personality and Psychopathology

Research Design

Foundations of Measurement (Psychometric theory)

Childhood social competence and peer relations; aggression in girls; treatment of disruptive behavior disorders

Biglan, A., Brennan, P. Foster, S. L., Holder, H., et al. (2003) Helping adolescents at risk: Prevention of multiple problem behaviors. New York: Guilford Press.

Cunningham, P. C., Foster, S. L., & Henggeler, S. W. (2002). The elusive concept of cultural competence. Child Services Journal 5, 231-243.

Foster, S. L., & Crain, M. M. (2002). Social skills and problem solving training. In T. Patterson (Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy, Vol. 2. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Mash, E. J., & Foster, S. L. (2001). Exporting analogue behavioral observation from research to clinical practice: Useful or cost-defective? Psychological Assessment, 13.

Andrews, J., Foster, S. L., Capaldi, D., & Hops, H. (2000). Adolescent and family predictors of physical aggression, communication, and satisfaction in young adult couples: A prospective analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 195-208.

Foster, S. L., Laverty-Finch, C., Gizzo, D., & Osantowski, J. (1999). Practical issues in self-observation. Psychological Assessment, 11, 426-438.

Foster, S. L., & Mash, E. J. (1999). Social validity issues in clinical treatment research. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 308-319.

Cone, J. D., & Foster, S. L. (1993). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: A guide for psychology and related fields. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Robin, A. L., & Foster, S. L. (1989). Negotiating parent-adolescent conflict: A behavioral family systems approach. NY: Guilford.

Crain, M. M., Finch, C. L., & Foster, S. L. (in press). The relevance of the social information processing model for understanding aggression in girls. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.

Foster, S. L. (in press). Aggression and antisocial behavior. In Bell, D. J.,, Foster, S. L., & Mash, E. J. (Eds.) . Handbook of behavior problems in girls. NY: Kluwer Publishing.

Bell-Dolan, D., Foster, S. L., & Mash, E. J. (Eds.) (in press). Handbook of behavior problems in girls. NY: Kluwer Publishing.

Academic History and Background

BA (with distinction) Stanford University

PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 2000-2001

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award, West Virginia University, 1987

Presidential Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa

American Psychology Association

Society for Research in Child Development

Professional Practice and Community Service

Douglas Johnson, The Relationship Between Relational Aggression in Preschool Children and Friendship Stability, Mutuality, and Popularity (read abstract)

Marcelle Crain, The Relationship of Intent Attributions, Goals and Outcome Expectancies to Relationally Aggressive Behavior in Pre-adolescent Girls (read abstract)

Danielle Miller, Friendship and Romantic Relationship Features Among Relationally Aggressive Adolescent Girls (read abstract)

Matthew Weltsch, Adolescents' Use of Social Sanctions in Response to Peers' Interactions with Adolescents of Varying Sociomentric Status (read abstract)

Jennifer Lafferty, The Relationships Between Gender, Empathy, and Aggressive Behaviors Among Early Adolescents (read abstract)

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