Joann Wu Shortt, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Shortt received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She researches how relationships and emotions shape our development across the life span. Her research has public health significance and the potential to decrease the impact of risk factors on the lives of young people and their families. She utilizes observational and physiological methodology to understand interactional processes at work in predicting child/adolescent/adult adjustment and relationship outcomes including intimate partner violence. She also has expertise in longitudinal design, developing measures and interventions, and multivariate analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Shortt, J. W., Katz, L. F., Allen, N., Leve, C., Davis, B., & Sheeber, L. (2016). Emotion socialization in the context of risk and psychopathology: Mother and father socialization of anger and sadness in adolescents with depressive disorder. Social Development, 25, 27-46. doi:10.1111/sode.12138

  • Kim, H. K., Shortt, J. W., Tiberio, S. S., & Capaldi, D. M. (2016). Aggression and coercive behaviors in early adult relationships:  Findings from the Oregon Youth Study–Couples Study. In T. J. Dishion & J. J. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of coercive relationship dynamics (pp. 169-181). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199324552.013.14

  • Katz, L. F., Shortt, J. W., Allen, N. B., Davis, B., Hunter, E., Leve, C., & Sheeber, L. B. (2014). Parental emotion socialization in clinically depressed adolescents: Enhancing and dampening positive affect. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 205-215.

  • Shortt, J. W., Eddy, J. M., Sheeber, L., & Davis, B. (2014). Project home: A pilot evaluation of an emotion-focused intervention for mothers reuniting with children after prison. Psychological Services, 11, 1-9.

  • Shortt, J. W., Capaldi, D. M., Kim, H. K., & Tiberio, S. S. (2013). The interplay between interpersonal stress and psychological intimate partner violence over time for young at-risk couples. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 619-632

  • Shortt, J. W., Capaldi, D. M., Kim, H. K., Kerr, D. C. R., Owen, L. D., & Feingold, A. (2012). Stability of intimate partner violence by men across 12 years in young adulthood: Effects of relationship transitions. Prevention Science, 13, 360-369.

Recent Publications

  • Low, S., Tiberio, S. S., Shortt, J. W., Mulford, C., Eddy, J. M., & Capaldi, D. M. (2017). Intergenerational transmission of violence: The mediating role of adolescent psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology.  Online first. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001833