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Merculief, A., Lipscomb, S., McClelland, M.M., Geldhof, G.J., Tsethlikai, M., Henrichs, J., Kataoka, S., & Pakulak, E. (2023). Nurturing resilience in American Indian/Alaska Native preschool children: the role of cultural socialization, executive function, and neighborhood risk. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1279336

Størksen I, Rege M, Solli IFoldøy, Braak Dten, Lenes R, Geldhof GJ. The playful learning curriculum: A randomized controlled trial. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2023;64:36 - 46. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2023.01.015.


Gestsdóttir S, Geldhof GJ, Birgisdottir F, Andrésdóttir JC. Intentional Self-Regulation and Executive Functions: Overlap and Uniqueness in Predicting Positive Development Among Youth in Iceland. The Journal of Early Adolescence. 2022. doi:10.1177/02724316221113355.

Finders JK, Geldhof GJ, Dahlgren JA, Olsen SG, McClelland MM. Revisiting age- and schooling-related growth in school readiness skills: A multimethod validation study. Dev Psychol. 2022. doi:10.1037/dev0001402. PubMed: 35666928


McClelland MM, Gonzales CR, Cameron CE, et al. The Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders Revised: Links to Academic Outcomes and Measures of EF in Young Children. Front Psychol. 2021;12:721846. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.721846. PubMed: 34557135

Dahlgren J, Healy S, Macdonald M, Geldhof GJ, Palmiere K, Haegele JA. Physical activity and screen time among youth with autism: A longitudinal analysis from 9 to 18 years. Autism. 2021:1362361320981314. doi:10.1177/1362361320981314. PubMed: 33406885

Geldhof GJ, Flynn E, Olsen SG, et al. Emotion regulation and specificity: The impact of animal-assisted interventions on classroom behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 2021;73:101253. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2021.101253.

Massey WV, Thalken J, Szarabajko A, Neilson L, Geldhof GJ. Recess Quality and Social and Behavioral Health in Elementary School Students. Journal of School Health. 2021. doi:10.1111/josh.13065.

Lerner RM, Tirrell JM, Gansert PK, et al. Longitudinal Research About, and Program Evaluations of, Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Methodological Issues and Options. Journal of Youth Development. 2021;16(2-3):100 - 123. doi:10.5195/jyd.2021.1040.


King PEbstyne, Vaughn JMedina, Yoo Y, et al. Exploring Religiousness and Hope: Examining the Roles of Spirituality and Social Connections among Salvadoran Youth. Religions. 2020;11(2):75. doi:10.3390/rel11020075.

Tyler CP, Geldhof GJ, Settersten RA, Flay BR. How Do Discrimination and Self-Esteem Control Beliefs Affect Prosociality? An Examination Among Black and Latinx Youth. The Journal of Early Adolescence. 2020. doi:10.1177/0272431620912486.

Massey WV, Stellino MB, Geldhof GJ. An observational study of recess quality and physical activity in urban primary schools. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):792. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-08849-5. PubMed: 32460860

Birgisdottir F, Gestsdóttir S, Geldhof GJ. Early predictors of first and fourth grade reading and math: The role of self-regulation and early literacy skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2020;53:507 - 519. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.05.001.

Tyler CP, Olsen SG, Geldhof GJ, Bowers EP. Critical consciousness in late adolescence: Understanding if, how, and why youth act. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 2020;70:101165. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101165.    

Finders JK, McClelland MM, Geldhof GJ, Rothwell D, Hatfield BE. Explaining achievement gaps in kindergarten and third grade: The role of self-regulation and executive function skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2020;54:72 - 85. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.07.008.  

Yu D, Yang P-J, Geldhof GJ, et al. Exploring Idiographic Approaches to Children's Executive Function Performance: An Intensive Longitudinal Study. Journal for Person-Oriented Research. 2020;6(2):73 - 87. doi:10.17505/jpor.2020.22401.


Tyler CP, Geldhof GJ, Black KL, Bowers EP. Critical Reflection and Positive Youth Development among White and Black Adolescents: Is Understanding Inequality Connected to Thriving?. J Youth Adolesc. 2019. doi:10.1007/s10964-019-01092-1. PubMed: 31378839

Tirrell JM, Dowling EM, Gansert P, et al. Toward a Measure for Assessing Features of Effective Youth Development Programs: Contextual Safety and the “Big Three” Components of Positive Youth Development Programs in Rwanda. Child & Youth Care Forum. 2019. doi:10.1007/s10566-019-09524-6.

King PEbstyne, Yoo Y, Vaughn JMedina, et al. Evaluating the measure of diverse adolescent spirituality in samples of Mexican and Salvadoran youth. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2019. doi:10.1037/rel0000279.

Geldhof GJ, Larsen T, Urke H, Holsen I, Lewis H, Tyler CP. Indicators of positive youth development can be maladaptive: The example case of caring. J Adolesc. 2019;71:1-9. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.11.008. PubMed: 30583200


Geldhof GJ, Anthony KP, Selig JP, Mendez-Luck CA. Accommodating binary and count variables in mediation: A case for conditional indirect effects. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 2018;42:300–308. doi:10.1177/0165025417727876.

Geldhof GJ, Warner DA, Finders JK, Thogmartin AA, Clark A, Longway KA. Revisiting the Utility of Retrospective Pre-Post Designs: The Need for Mixed-Method Pilot Data. Evaluation and Program Planning. 2018. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.05.002.

Lopes S, Geldhof GJ, Bowers EP, Thogmartin A. 4-S Positive Youth Development in Latin America: Professional Schools in Costa Rica. Journal of Extension. 2018;56:n1. Available at:

McClelland MM, Geldhof GJ, Morrison FJ, et al. Self-Regulation. In: Handbook of Life Course Health Development. 1st ed. Handbook of Life Course Health Development. Springer International Publishing; 2018:275-298. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47143-3_12.


Geldhof GJ, Fenn ML, Finders JK. A Self-Determination Perspective on Self-Regulation across the Life Span. In: Wehmeyer ML, Shogren KA, Little TD, Lopez SJ, eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2017:221 - 235. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-1042-6_17.


Finders JK, Díaz G, Geldhof GJ, Sektnan M, Rennekamp D. The impact of parenting education on parent and child behaviors: Moderators by income and ethnicity. Children and Youth Services Review. 2016;71:199 - 209. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.11.006.