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Faculty Directory » Jannette M. McMenamy

Psychological Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Monday and Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay Complex 268
Phone: 978.665.4643
Email: jmcmenamy@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Intro to Research Methods (PSY 2110)
Biological Psychology (PSY 2030)
Health Psychology (PSY 2665)
Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 3200)
Research Practicum in Psychology (PSY 4810/4820)


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

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

Representative Publications:


Bridges, L.J. et al. (1998). "Mothers’ strategies for regulating their toddlers’ distress." Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, 21(3), pp. 437-450. doi: 10.1016/S0163-6383(98)90018-2

Jordan, J. & McMenamy, J.M. (2004). "Interventions for suicide survivors: A review of the literature." Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 34(4), pp. 337-355. doi: 10.1521/suli.34.4.337.53742

McMenamy, J.M. & Perrin, E.C. (2002). "Integrating psychology into pediatrics: The past, the present, and the potential." Family, Systems, and Health, 20(2), pp. 153+.

McMenamy, J.M. & Perrin, E.C. (2003). "In the eyes of the beholder: Repressive adaptation or resiliency?" Family, Systems, & Health, 21(3), pp. 277-279. doi: 10.1037/1091-7527.21.3.277

McMenamy, J.M. & Perrin, E.C. (2004). "Filling the GAPS: Evaluation of a primary care intervention for children with chronic health conditions." Ambulatory Pediatrics, 4(3), pp. 249-256. doi: 10.1367/A03-082R.1

McMenamy, J. & Perrin, E.C. (2008). "The impact of experience on children’s understanding of ADHD." Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 22(4), pp. 122-137. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e318190317c

McMenamy, J.M. et al. (2001). "Parent advisory groups in pediatric practices: Parents’ and professionals’ perceptions." Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 155(2).

McMenamy, J.M. et al. (2005). "Age-related differences in how children with ADHD understand their condition: Biological or psychological casualty?" Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, pp. 111-131. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2004.12.004

McMenamy, J.M. et al. (2008). "What do suicide survivors tell us they need? Results of a pilot study." Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38(4), pp. 375-389. doi: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.4.375

McMenamy, J. et al. (2011). "Early intervention in pediatrics offices for emerging disruptive behavior in toddlers." Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25(20), pp. 77-86. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2009.08.008

Book Chapters

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

Grolnick, W.S. et al. (1999). "Emotional self-regulation in infancy and toddlerhood." In C. Tamis-LeMonda & L. Balter (Eds.), Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues. Garland.


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

Professional Affiliations:

APA - American Psychological Association
STP - Society for Teaching of Psychology - Division 2
AFSP - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Principal Investigator, 2003-2004)
Psi Chi - International Honors Society in Psychology
OVW - Office of Violence Against Women (Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) Program, Director)
NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health (Co-Investigator, Pediatric-based intervention for young children at risk for ADHD and ODD, 2003-2011)
The Noonan Syndrome Foundation (Principal Investigator, 2001-2003)
New-England Medical Center Research Fund (Principal Investigator, 2001-2003)