William "Drew" A. Rothenberg

Research Scientist

Drew Rothenberg joined the Center for Child and Family Policy as a postdoctoral associate in September 2018. His research is focused on the development of adaptive and maladaptive parenting practices and family processes across ontogeny and over generations. Utilizing a developmental psychopathology framework, he examines how parenting practices, family dynamics, and evidence-based mental health interventions affect normal and abnormal child development. His program of research has three aims. First, he explores how maladaptive family processes can be passed from one generation to the next. Second, he identifies strategies to prevent the intergenerational transmission of these processes. Third, he implements these preventative interventions in medically underserved communities that need them the most.

He currently works on the Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence project, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as part of the Parenting Across Cultures research team.

Research Interests:

  • Intergenerational transmission of family and parenting processes
  • Development of externalizing and internalizing behavior
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of child mental health interventions


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2018
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2014
  • B.A., Psychology, North Carolina State University - 2012