Assistant Professor Psychology

Dr. Brock received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2012. She was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa from 2012-2015, and joined the UNL faculty in 2015. She is the director of the UNL Family Development Laband is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Training Program (CPTP).

Research Interests:

Dr. Brock’s program of research is aimed at understanding how family relationships ameliorate or perpetuate mood and anxiety disorders, along with related health outcomes.  In particular, her work has focused on couple relationships, applying a multidimensional model of relationship quality to understand how multiple aspects of the relationship (e.g., partner support, balance of respect and control, conflict management strategies, closeness and intimacy, sexual satisfaction) impact partners and their children.  Her research includes the translational goal of developing interventions for preventing and treating adult and child psychopathology and comorbid family dysfunction.

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Brock teaches courses in quantitative methods and provides statistical consultation in the department. She also provides clinical consultation (individual and couples therapy). 

Dr. Brock is not planning to accept a graduate student for 2020-2021 admission. 

Upcoming Course Offerings:

  • PSYC-944, Multilevel Modeling in the Behavioral Sciences (fall semester)
  • PSYC-948, Structural Equation Modeling in the Behavioral Sciences (spring semester)

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Representative Publications:

For a complete list of publications please visit Google Scholar, ResearchGate, or NCBI.

Brock, R. L., Franz, M., O’Bleness, J., & Lawrence, E. (2019). The dynamic interplay between satisfaction with intimate relationship functioning and daily mood in low-income outpatients. Family Process, 58, 891-907. doi: 10.1111/famp.12402

Brock, R. L., & Kochanska, G. (2019). Anger in infancy and its implications: History of attachment in mother-child and father-child relationships as a moderator of risk. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 7-2810.1017/S0954579418000780

Brock, R. L., Kochanska, G., & Boldt, L. (2017). Interplay between children's biobehavioral plasticity and interparental relationship in the origins of internalizing problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 1040-1050. doi: 10.1037/fam0000335

Brock, R.L., Dindo, L., Clark, L.A., Gamez, W., Aksan, N., & Kochanska, G. (2017). Attachment and effortful control in toddlerhood predict academic achievement over a decade later. Psychological Science, 28, 1786-1795. doi: 10.1177/0956797617721271 

Brock, R.L., & Kochanska, G. (2016). Toward a developmentally-informed approach to parenting interventions: Seeking hidden effects. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 583-593. doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000607

Brock, R.L., & Kochanska, G. (2016). Interparental conflict, children’s security with parents, and long-term risk of internalizing problems: A longitudinal study from Age 2 to 10. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 45-54. doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000279

Brock, R.L., Kochanska, G., O’Hara, M.W., & Grekin, R. (2015). Life satisfaction moderates the effectiveness of a play-based parenting intervention in low-income mothers and toddlers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1283-1294. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0014-y

Brock, R.L., & Kochanska, G. (2015). Decline in quality of family relationships predicts escalation in children’s internalizing symptoms from middle to late childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1295-1308. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0008-9

Brock, R.L., & Lawrence, E. (2014). Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and contextual predictors of support overprovision in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 54-64. doi: 10.1037/a0035280

Brock, R.L. & Lawrence, E. (2011). Marriage as a risk factor for internalizing disorders: Clarifying scope and specificity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 577-589. doi: 10.1037/a0024941

Brock, R. L., & Lawrence, E. (2009). Too much of a good thing: Underprovision versus overprovision of partner support. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 181-192. doi: 10.1037/a0015402

Brock, R. L., & Lawrence, E. (2008). A longitudinal investigation of stress spillover in marriage: Does spousal support adequacy buffer the effects? Journal of Family Psychology,22, 11-20. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.22.1.11