Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy

Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kaurin

Chair of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy
Director of psychotherapy outpatient clinic for children and adolescents

Email: kaurin[at]
Tel.: 0202-439 5505
Room: RG3.03.027

For therapy inquiries or information for patients, please contact our Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic.


CV (last updated 2024-02-27)

List of publications (last updated 2024-02-27)

Since December 2022, I am Chair of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy and Director of the Psychology Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents. I am trained as a clinical psychologist and have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. This experience continuously exerts an important influence on my research and teaching.

My reserach is informed by developmental, personality and clinical psychology and motivated by the notion that interpersonal experiences represent key moments through which development moves.
I study socio-emotional dysregulation in children and adolescents as well as their functional manifestations in daily life via ambulatory assessment methods (Kaurin et al., 2022 (preprint); Kaurin et al., 2022, Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical ScienceWright & Kaurin, 2020PsychopathologyKaurin et al., 2022, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment; Kaurin et al., 2020Affective Science).
I am particularly interested in how close relationships such as patterns of parent-child interaction (Woody, Kaurin et al., 2021Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry) or daily peer contacts (Kaurin et al., 2022, preprint) as well as experiences of social exclusion or minoritization (e.g., discrimination related to racism) affect youth’s coping abilities momentarily and prospectively.

A large portion of my work is dedicated to interpersonal and affective processes associated with self-harm in from late childhood to adolescence (Kaurin et al., 2020Psych Medicine), and how real-time monitoring techniques can be used to provide precise, developmentally sensitive and potentially personalized predictions of risk and resilience (Kaurin et al., 2022Behaviour Research and TherapyTsypes, Kaurin et al., 2022Journal of Psychiatric Research).

I study these processes and structures across different timescales, in a diverse range of patterns of behavior, emotion, and (neuro)physiology, how they change during critical transitions in our development (i.e., heterotypic continuity) such as late childhood or adolescence, and am interested in statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data.

Education and Academic Positions

since 12/2022 Full Professor (W3), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Wuppertal
since 12/2022 Director, Psychology Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents, University of Wuppertal
2022 declined competing offer (Full Professorship, W3) from University of Hamburg
04/2021 – 11/2022 Assistant Professor (W1, Tenure Track), Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Witten/Herdecke University
2021 Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
08/2019 – 03/2021 Postdoctoral Researcher, Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory, PI: Dr. Aidan Wright, University of Pittsburgh
06/2019 – 08/2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive and Behavioral Mechanisms of Resilience Area, Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research Mainz
2019 PhD in Clinical Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
2019 Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2017 Fulbright funded Visiting Graduate Student, University of California, Riverside, USA and National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA Mood Brain and Development Unit
2015 Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
2014 Visiting Graduate Student, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King’s College London, UK, PI: Argyris Stringaris
2012 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Trier University, Germany; Minor: Cultural Anthropology

Current funding

Details here

Selected publications and preprints under review

Ringwald, W. R., Kaurin, A., Lawson, K. M., Wright, A. G., & Robins, R. (in press). The Development of Personality – from Metatraits to Facets – across Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood in a Sample of Mexican-origin Youth. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:  Personality Processes and Individual Differences

Franssens, R., Kaurin, A., De Clercq, B. (accepted pending minor revisions). A Longitudinal Network of Borderline-Related Trait Vulnerabilities from Childhood to Adolescence. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

Vize, C.E., Kaurin, A., & Wright, A.G.C. (in press). Personality Pathology and Momentary Stress Processes. Clinical Psychological Science.
Preregistration Protocol:

Kaurin, A., S. L. Sequeira, S., Ladouceur, C.D., McKone, K.M.P., Rosen, D., Jones, N., Wright, A.G.C., & Jennifer S. Silk. (in press). Modeling Sensitivity to Social Threat in Adolescent Girls: A Psychoneurometric Approach. Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science, 131(6), 641–652. Preprint:

Woody, M. L., Kaurin, A., McKone, K.M.P., Ladouceur, C.D. & Silk, J.S. (2021). Displays of Negative Facial Affect during Parent-Adolescent Conflict and the Bidirectional Transmission of Social Anxiety. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Kaurin, A., Dombrovski, A., Hallquist, M., & Wright, A.G.C. (2022). Momentary Interpersonal Processes of Suicidal Surges in Borderline Personality Disorder. Psychological Medicine, 52(13), 2702-2712. Preprint:

Kaurin, A., Dombrovski, A.Y., Hallquist, M., & Wright, A.G.C. (2022).Integrating a Functional View on Suicide Risk into Idiographic Statistical Models. Behavior Research and Therapy, 150, 104012.

Kaurin, A., Do, Q., Ladouceur, C. D., Silk, J. S., & Wright, A. G. (2022, April 25). Daily Interpersonal and Affective Manifestations of Maladaptive Personality in Adolescent Girls. 

Kaurin, A., Wright, A. G., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2022). Attachment Manifestations in Daily Interpersonal Interactions. Affective Science, 3(3), 546-558.

Recent preregistrations

Ringwald, W. R., Kaurin, A., Lawson, K. M., Wright, A. G., & Robins, R. (2022, February 18). Developmental associations between temperament and personality from childhood to young adulthood.

Ringwald, W. R., Kaurin, A., Lawson, K. M., Wright, A. G., & Robins, R. (2023, February 7). Developmental trajectories of personality from facets to meta-traits across adolescence and young adulthood.

Tammilehto, J., Kaurin, A., Kuppens, P., Bosmans, G., Flykt, M., Vänskä, M., … Lindblom, J. (2023, April 28). State Attachment Cross-Lags in Daily Life and Role of Trait Attachment. Retrieved from

Tammilehto, J., Kaurin, A., Bosmans, G., Kuppens, P., Flykt, M., Vänskä, M., … Lindblom, J. (2023, April 28). Dynamic Features of State Attachment in Everyday Life and Role of Trait Attachment. Retrieved from

Wicher, C. L., Kaurin, A., Dombrovski, A., Hallquist, M., Buecker, S., & Wright, A. G. (2023, March 16). Daily Loneliness and Suicidal Ideation.


Olivia J. Kirtley, KU Leuven

Aidan G. C. Wright, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, USA
Eisenberg Family Depression Center, University of Michigan, USA

Alexandre Y. Dombrovski, University of Pittsburgh

Jennifer Silk, University of Pittsburgh

Tina Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh

Michael N. Hallquist, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Barbara De Clercq, Ghent University

Editorial work

ab 01/2023, Associate Editor, Clinical Psychological Science

seit 01/2022, Editorial Board, European Journal of Personality

seit 01/2022, Editorial Board, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment


Full CV and list of publications
(last updated: 01/20/23)

Last modified: 27.02.2024

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