Karen Weede Alexander

Kristen Alexander

Position Title
Associate Professor of Child Development, CSU Sacramento


Research Interests 
My research concerns basic and applied questions in cognitive and memory development. I am currently investigating links among emotion, memory, interactions, and psychobiology. Individual differences in episodic memory in preschoolers and middle childhood

Selected Publications 

Alexander, K. W., Davis-O'Hara, K., Bortfeld, H., Anderson, S., Newton, E., & Kraft, R. (In press). Emotional Memory in the Context of Attachment and Social Interaction Style Cognitive Development No.1

Alexander, K. W., Davis-O'hara, K. (2009). An Integrated Model of Emotional Memory: Dynamic Transactions in Development Emotion and Memory in Development: Biological, Cognitive, and Social Considertations 221-255. No.2

Alexander, K. W., Goodman, G. S., Quas, J. A., Ghetti, S., Edelstein, R., Redlich, A. D., Cordon, I. M., & Jones, D. P. H. (2005). Traumatic impact predicts long-term memory for documented child sexual abuse. Psychological Science, 16, 33-40. No.3

Alexander, K. W.,Goodman, G. S., Schaaf, J. M., Edelstein, R., Quas, J. A., & Shaver, P. R.(2002). The role of attachment and cognitive inhibition in predicting children's memory for a stressful event Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 83. 262-290 No.4

Alexander, K. W., Quas, J. A., & Goodman, G. S.(2002). Theoretical advances in understanding children's memory for distressing events: The role of attachment Developmental Review 22. 490-519

Schaaf, J. M., Alexander, K. W.,& Goodman, G. S.(2008). Children's false memory and true disclosure in the face of repeated questions Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 100. 157-185. No.6

Melinder., Alexander, K. W.,Cho, Goodman, G. S., Thoresen, Lonnum, & Magnussen(2010). Children's eyewitness memory: A comparison of two interviewing strategies as realized by forensic Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Volume 105. Page 156-177. No.5

Alexander, K. W., Goodman, G. S., Schaaf, J. M., Edelstein, R. S., Quas, J. A., & Shaver, P. R. (2002). The role of attachment and cognitive inhibition in predicting children’s memory for a stressful event. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 83, 262-290.

Edelstein, R. S., Alexander, K. W., Shaver, P. R., Schaaf, J. M., Quas, J. A., Lovas, G. S., & Goodman, G. S. (2004). Adult attachment style and parental responsiveness during a stressful event. Attachment and Human Development, 6, 31-52.

Ghetti, S., & Alexander, K. W. (2004). If it happened, I would remember it: Strategic use of event memorability in the rejection of false autobiographical events. Child Development, 75, 542-561.

Quas, J. A., Goodman, G. S., Ghetti, S., Alexander, K. W., Edelstein, R. S., Redlich, A. D., Cordon, I. M., & Jones, D. P. H. (2005). Long-term consequences of child sexual abuse and legal involvement. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.