Christina Christopoulos

Research Scholar

Christina Christopoulos, a research scholar at the Center for Child and Family Policy, is trained as a developmental psychologist. Her current research interests are in the area of social-emotional development of young children. In the past, her work focused on evaluation of early childhood System of Care programs, child maltreatment, child welfare reform and prevention of conduct disorder. She has also served as a co-investigator in an ACF-funded review of the development of self-regulation and has contributed to a series of papers: (1) building an applied self-regulation model; (2) reviewing the impact of toxic stress on self-regulation; and (3) reviewing the evidence for self-regulation interventions from birth to young adulthood.

Christopoulos currently works at the Center on multiple ongoing research and evaluation projects:

Research Interests:

  • Children's Mental Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Preschool
  • Child Development


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - 1988
  • Post-doctorate Duke University, Durham, NC - 1987
  • M.A. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - 1984
  • B.A. University of Athens, Athens, Greece - 1980

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Murray, D; Rosanbalm, KD; Christopoulos, C (2018) An Applied Translational Model of Self-Regulation Development in Context Applied Developmental Science,
  • Rosanbalm, K. & Christopoulos, C. (2016) Partnering for Excellence: Initial Findings and Recommendations
  • Goodman, W. B., Christopoulos, C., & Quinn, J. (2016) Evaluation of the Family Connects program in the North Carolina Early Learning Transformation Zone: Final report
  • Murray, D; Rosanbalm, KD; Christopoulos, C (2016) A comprehensive review of self-regulation interventions from birth through young adulthood
  • Murray, D; Rosanbalm, KD; Christopoulos, C (2016) Self-regulation and toxic stress: Implications for programs and practice