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Faculty Directory » Jannette M. McMenamy

Psychological Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay 268
Phone: 978-665-4643

Courses Taught:

Human Growth and Development (PSY 1200)
Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 2840)
Advanced Child Psychology
Research Practicum in Psychology (PSY 4810, PSY 4820)
Research Methods (PSY 2110)
Biological Psychology (PSY 3420)
Health Psychology (PSY 2665)


Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Clark University
M.A. Developmental Psychology, Clark University
B.A. Psychology, College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests:

Developing preventive interventions for children with early onset symptoms of ADHD or ODD
Evidence-based prevention practices (violence, suicide)
Coping after suicide loss
Children’s understanding of illness - Understanding theory change in naïve biology and psychology
Coping of and interventions for children with chronic health conditions
Relations between children’s health beliefs and behaviors
Emotion regulation in young children

Current Projects:

Information below is a representation of past projects:
Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) Program, Director, Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, 2010-2013

Pediatric-based intervention for young children at risk for ADHD and ODD, Co-Investigator, NIMH R01 2006-2011

Preventive intervention for children at-risk for ADHD, Co-Investigator, NIMH R21, 2003-2006

An assessment of the needs of suicide survivors and the relationship to traumatic grief, Principal Investigator, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2003-2004 Cultural Concepts: Chinese-American children’s understanding of ADHD, Principal Investigator, The Noonan Foundation, 2001-2003

Children’s understanding of and coping with ADHD, Principal Investigator, New-England Medical Center Research Fund, 2001-2003

Representative Publications:

McMenamy, J., Sheldrick, R., and Perrin, E.C. (2011). Early intervention in pediatrics offices for emerging disruptive behavior in toddlers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25(20), 77-86.

Jordan, J., Feigelman, W., McMenamy, J, and Mitchell, A. (2011). Research on the needs of survivors. In J. Jordan and J. McIntosh (Eds.), Grief After Suicide: Consequences and Caring for Survivors. New York: Routledge.

McMenamy, J. (2010). Temper tantrums and time outs: Integrating parent training into pediatric primary care. Harrod Lecture Series. Fitchburg State College Press.

McMenamy, J. and Perrin, E.C. (2008). The impact of experience on children’s understanding of ADHD. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.22(4) 122-137.

McMenamy, JM, Jordan, J, and Mitchell, A (2008). What do survivors tell us they need? Results of a pilot study, Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38(4), 375-389.

McMenamy, JM, Wiser, M, Perrin, EC. (2005). Age-related differences in how children with ADHD understand their condition: Biological or psychological theories? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 111-131.

Jordan, J and McMenamy, JM. (2004). Interventions for suicide survivors: A review of the literature. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 34(4) 337-355.

McMenamy, JM and Perrin, EC. (2004). Filling the GAPS: Evaluation of a primary care intervention for children with chronic health conditions. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 4(3).

McMenamy, JM and Perrin, EC (2003). In the eyes of the beholder: Repressive adaptation or resiliency? Family, Systems, & Health, 21:4.

McMenamy, JM and Perrin, EC. (2002). Integrating psychology into pediatrics: The past, the present, and the potential. Family, Systems, and Health, 20(2).

Young, M, McMenamy, JM, Perrin, EC. (2001). Parent advisory groups in pediatric practices: Parents’ and professionals’ perceptions. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 155(2).

Grolnick, WS, McMenamy, JM, Kurowski, CD. (1999). Emotional self-regulation in infancy and toddlerhood. In C. Tamis-LeMonda & L. Balter (Eds.), Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues. New York: Garland.

Grolnick, WS, Kurowski, CD, McMenamy, JM, Rivkin, I, Bridges, LJ. (1998). Mothers’ strategies for regulating their toddlers’ distress. Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, 21(3).

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association
Division 2, Society for Teaching of Psychology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Psi Chi