Dr Gabriela Roman

Research Associate

I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Previously I was fortunate to learn a little bit about various branches of psychology and criminology: a PhD in developmental psychology (Cambridge University), an MPhil in criminological research (Cambridge University), and a BA in cognitive and social psychology (Jacobs University Bremen). My main research interest is the development of cognitive and emotional self-regulation and the role of self-regulation in the development of behaviour difficulties (in early childhood) and criminal behaviour (in adolescence and early adulthood). I am particularly interested in family contributions to the development of self-regulation and specifically the experience of "dynamic environments" (i.e., environments where children are exposed to multiple caregivers or where experience more caregiver transitions). I am currently working on a book about young people's pathways into crime, from age 13 to age 24. My expertise lies with data analysis using complex methodology, with a special interest in structural equation modelling. As such, I have been involved in various interesting projects as a consultant. For example, in 2014 I was involved in the development of a set of questionnaires used to assess the societal impact of materials aimed at empowering and improving the wellbeing of young women in Tanzania and Zimbabwe (client: Camfed), as a consultant for the Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge. I also deliver advanced training courses on structural equation modelling and using the software Mplus.

Publication related to my main area of interest:

  • Balan, R., Dobrean, A., Roman, G.D., Balazsi, R. (2017). Indirect Effects of Parenting Practices on Internalizing Problems among Adolescents: The Role of Expressive Suppression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26 (1), pp. 40-47.
  • Roman, G.D., Ensor, R., & Hughes, C. (2016). Does child EF at age 3 mediate the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms at age 2 and child adjustment at age 6? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
  • Ilioi, E., Blake, L., Jadva, V., Roman, G., Golombok, S. (2016). The role of age of disclosure of biological origins in the psychological wellbeing of adolescents conceived by reproductive donation: A longitudinal study from age 1 to age 14. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines.
  • Hughes,C., Roman, G.D., & Ensor, R. (2014). Parenting and Executive Function: Positive and Negative Influences. In S. Landry and C. Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hughes, C., Roman, G.D., Hart, J. M., & Ensor, R. (2013). Does maternal depression predict young children’s executive function? A 4 year longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Ensor, R., Roman, G.D., Hart, M., & Hughes, C. (2012). Mothers’ depressive symptoms and low mother-toddler mutuality both predict children’s maladjustment. Infant and Child Development.
  • Golombok, S., Blake, L., Casey, P., Roman, G.D., & Jadva, V. (2013). Children born through reproductive donation: A longitudinal study of child adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 653-660.