Alissa C. Huth-Bocks, PhD

Psychologist, Clinical Professor

  • Division: Developmental / Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology



Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD, is a psychologist and Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Huth-Bocks’ special interests are in early childhood mental health disorders and social-emotional difficulties such as post-traumatic stress reactions, anxiety, depression, and regulatory and behavioral problems in children age 0-5 years.

She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Institute for Human Adjustment at the University of Michigan, working in both the Psychological Clinic and the University Center for Children and Families (UCCF). She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Huth-Bocks’ program of research includes multiple longitudinal studies following expectant and post-partum caregivers and their young children over time to evaluate development under conditions of severe psychosocial risk, as well as effects of early intervention. She regularly collaborates with other early childhood and developmental scientists both locally and nationally including other researchers at UH/Case Western Reserve University, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, DePaul University, Northwestern School of Medicine, and Stony Brook School of Medicine. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the Michigan and World Infant Mental Health Associations, and the International Congress of Infant Studies.

Research Interests

• Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
• Child Traumatic Stress
• Developmental Psychopathology
• Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma


Recent Selected Publications

Lajiness O’Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Flores, A.M., Swick, C., Nyman, T., Andersen, T., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Morris, N., Schmitt, T.A., Smith, J., Moir, B., Hodges, E.K., & Lyddy, J.E. (2018). Development and preliminary validation of PediaTrac™: A web-based tool to screen and track developing infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 50, 224-237.

Guyon-Harris, K.L., Ahlfs-Dunn, S.A., & Huth-Bocks, A.C. (2017). Trajectories of PTSD symptoms among women reporting exposure to interpersonal trauma: Protective factors and parenting outcomes associated with resilience. Journal of Family Violence, 32, 657-667.

Huth-Bocks, A.C., Guyon-Harris, K., Calvert, M., Scott, S., & Ahlfs-Dunn, S. (2016). The Caregiving Helplessness Questionnaire: Evidence for validity and utility with mothers of infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 37, 208-221.

Porcerelli, J., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Huprich, S., & Richardson, L. (2016). Maturity of defensive mechanisms of pregnant mothers predict attachment security, social/emotional competence, and behavioral problems in their two year olds. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173, 138-146.

Guyon-Harris, K.L., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Lauterbach, D., & Janisse, H. (2016). Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms across the birth of a child: Associations with toddler emotional development. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 19, 153-165.

Ahlfs-Dunn, S. & Huth-Bocks, A.C. (2016). Intimate partner violence involving children and the parenting role: Associations with maternal outcomes. Journal of Family Violence, 31, 387-399.

Dayton, C.J., Huth-Bocks, A.C., & Buisito, A. (2016). The influence of interpersonal aggression on maternal perceptions of infant emotions: Associations with early parenting quality. Emotion, 16, 436-448.

Gallagher, E., Huth-Bocks, A.C, & Schmitt, T. (2015). The impact of mothers’ relationship quality and parenting on children’s peer relationships. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 421-442.

Huth-Bocks, A.C., Muzik, M., Beeghly, M.J., Earls, L., & Stacks, A.M. (2014). Secure base scripts are associated with maternal parenting behaviors across contexts and reflective functioning among trauma-exposed mothers. Attachment & Human Development, 16, 535-566.

Stacks, A.M., Muzik, M., Wong, K., Beeghly, M., Huth-Bocks, A.C, Irwin, J., & Rosenblum, K.L. (2014). Maternal reflective functioning among mothers with childhood maltreatment histories: Links to sensitive parenting and infant attachment security. Attachment & Human Development, 16, 515-533.