My research focuses on parent-child interactions. I am particularly interested in how parents’ think about children’s behavior and how these thoughts relate to how parents and children interact. The goal of the research is to understand and improve parent-child interactions and child outcomes. The research addresses questions of parenting and parent cognitions across both families of typically-developing children and families coping with the challenges of disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Colalillo, S., & Johnston ,C. (in press). Parenting cognition and affective outcomes following parent management training: A systematic review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
Johnston, C., Belschner, L, Park, J., Stewart, K., Noyes, A., & Schaller, M. (in press). Mothers’ implicit and explicit attitudes and attributions in relation to parenting behavior. Parenting Science and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/15295192.2016.1184954
Johnston, C., Williamson, D., Noyes, A., Stewart, K., & Weiss, M. D. (in press). Parent and child ADHD symptoms in relation to parental attitudes and parenting: Testing the similarity-fit hypothesis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1169538
Park, J. L., Johnston, C. Colalillo, S., & Williamson, D. (in press). Parents’ attributions for negative and positive child behavior in relation to parenting and child problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Williamson, D., & Johnston, C. (2015). Gender differences in adults with ADHD: A narrative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 15-27.
Jiang, Y., & Johnston, C. (2014). Co-occurring aggressive and depressive symptoms as related to overestimations of competence in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 157-172.
Jiang, Y., & Johnston, C. (in press). Co-occurring aggressive and depressive symptoms as related to overestimations of competence in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
Williamson, D. & Johnston, C (in press). Mother and father attributions in the prediction of boys’ behavior problems across time. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Johnston, C, Weiss, M. D., Murray, C., & Miller, N. V. (in press). The effects of instructions on mothers’ ratings of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in referred children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
Lui, J., Johnston, C., & Lee, C. M. (2013). Parental ADHD symptoms and self-reports of positive parenting. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 988-998.
Chen, M., & Johnston, C. (2012). Clarifying the association between inter-parent childrearing disagreement and child problems: The role of parenting effectiveness and the content of disagreements. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 189-201.
Johnston, C., Mash, E. J., Miller, N., & Ninowski, J. E. (2013). Parenting in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 215-228.