robustelli
Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology

Faculty Advisor: Mark Whisman

Education

  • BS, Human Development, Cornell University, 2010
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
  • PhD, expected 2018

Research Interests

My research interests include the impact of romantic relationships on mental and physical health. Specifically, I am interested in the physiological, neural, and psychosocial correlates of the interactions of couples and their connection to relationship quality and health outcomes.

Publications and Presentations

Whisman, M. A., Robustelli, B. L., & Sbarra, D. A. (2016). Marital disruption is associated with shorter salivary telomere length in a probability sample of older adults. Social Science & Medicine157, 60-67.

Robustelli, B. L. & Mittal, V.A. (in press). Thought Insertion. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. New York, NY.

Whisman, M. A., & Robustelli, B. L. (2016). Intimate relationship functioning and psychopathology. In E. Lawrence & K. T. Sullivan (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of relationship science and couple interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199783267.013.13  

Li, A., Robustelli, B. L., & Whisman, M. A. (2015). Marital adjustment and psychological distress in Japan. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, doi:10.1177/0265407515599678

Robustelli, B. L & Whisman, M.A. Loneliness and Marital, Family, and Friend Relationship Quality: Associations with Mental and Physical Health Outcomes. (2015, November). Presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Wallace, G. L., Eisenberg, I.W., Robustelli, B. L., Dankner, N., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J.N., & Martin, A. (2015) Longitudinal cortical development during adolescence and young adulthood in autism spectrum disorders: Increased cortical thinning but comparable surface area changes. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2015.03.007

Robustelli, B.L., Trytko, A., Li, A., & Whisman, M.A. (2015). Marital discord and suicidal outcomes in a national sample of married individuals. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12157

Whisman, M. A., Robustelli, B. L., Beach, S. R. H., Snyder, D. K., & Harper, J. M. (2014). Marital discord and depression in middle-aged and older couples: Is taxon status associated with depression? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407514554519

Whisman, M.A., Johnson, D.P., Li, A., & Robustelli, B.L. (2014). Intimate relationship involvement, intimate relationship quality, and psychiatric disorders in adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(6), 908-914. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000026

Wallace, G. L., White, S., Robustelli, B., Sinclair, S., Hwang, S., Martin, A., & Blair, R. J. (2014). Cortical and subcortical abnormalities in youths with conduct disorder and elevated callous-unemotional traits.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(4), 456-465.

Robustelli, B. L & Whisman, M.A. Gratitude and Life Satisfaction in the United States and Japan. (2014, November). Presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Robustelli, B.L., Trytko, A., Li, A., & Whisman, M.A. Marital discord and suicidal behavior. (2014, November). Presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 

Li, A., Robustelli, B. L & Whisman, M.A. Marital discord and psychopathology in the United States and Japan. (2014, November). Presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 

Mittal, V.A., Dean, D.J., Bernard, J.A., Orr, J.M., Pelletier-Baldelli, A., Carol, E.E., Gupta, T., Turner, J., Leopold, D.R., Robustelli, B.L., and Milman, Z. (2014). Neurological Soft Signs Predict Abnormal Cerebellar-Thalamic Tract Development and Negative Symptoms in Adolescents at High-risk for Psychosis: A Longitudinal Perspective. Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Mittal, V.A., Gupta, T., Orr, J.M. Pelletier, A.L., Dean, D.J., Lunsford-Avery, J. Smith, A., Robustelli, B.L., Leopold, D.R., Millman, Z. (2013). Physical activity level and medial temporal health in youth at ultra high-risk for psychosis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(4), 1101-10.

Kelly, P., Viding, E., Wallace, G. L., Schaer, M., De Brito, S., Robustelli, B. L., & McCrory, E. (2013). Cortical thickness, surface area, and gyrification abnormalities in children exposed to maltreatment. Neural markers of vulnerability. Biological Psychiatry, 74(11), 845-52.

Wallace, G. L., Robustelli, B. L., Dankner, N., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J.N., & Martin, A. (2013). Increased gyrification but comparable surface area in adolescents with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Brain, 136, 1956-67.

Kelly, P., Viding, E., Wallace, G. L., Schaer, M., De Brito, S., Robustelli, B. L., & McCrory, E. The impact of maltreatment on brain structure in children. (2013, September). Presentation at the 13th annual Meeting for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Wallace, G. L., Robustelli, B. L., Dankner, N., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J.N., & Martin, A. Reduced amygdale volumes in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders parallels negative autistic trait-amygdala correlations in typically developing adolescent males. (2013, May). Presentation at the 12th annual International Meeting for Autism Research, Donostia, Spain.

Koslowski, B. K., Vermeylen, F., Hildreth, A., & Robustelli, B. L. Information becomes evidence when an explanation can incorporate it into a broader causal framework. (2013, April). Presentation at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Wallace, G. L., Robustelli, B. L., Dankner, N., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J.N., & Martin, A. Longitudinal cortical development during adolescence and young adulthood in autism spectrum disorders: increased cortical thinning but comparable surface area. (2012, May). Presentation at the 11th annual International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada.

Robustelli, B. L., Wallace, G. L., Dixon, E. E., Rapuano, K., Martin, A. The effects of inversion and Gaussian noise on face recognition in autism spectrum disorders using the Cambridge Face Memory Test. (2011, November). Presentation at the 41st annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C.

Ghuman, A. S., van den Honert, R. N., Dixon, E. E., Robustelli, B. L., Wallace, G. L., & Martin, A. MEG reveals aberrant spontaneous, but not stimulus-dependent, neural synchrony in autism spectrum disorders. (2011, November). Presentation at the 41st annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Robustelli, B. L., Dankner, N., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J. N., Martin, A., & Wallace, G. L. Increased posterior cortical gyrification in autism spectrum disorders. (2011, September). Presentation at the National Institute of Mental Health Retreat, Lancaster, PA.

Dixon, E. E., Robustelli, B. L., Martin, A., & Wallace, G. L. Sleep quality and its behavioral correlates in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. (2011, September). Presentation at the National Institute of Mental Health Retreat, Lancaster, PA.

Ghuman, A. S., van den Honert, R. N., Dixon, E. E., Robustelli, B. L., Wallace, G. L., & Martin, A. Aberrant interregional neural synchrony in autism spectrum disorders revealed by resting-state MEG. (2011, June). Presentation at the 17th annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Quebec City, Canada.

Wallace, G. L., Gotts, S. J., Dankner, N., Robustelli, B. L., Kenworthy, L., Giedd, J. N., & Martin, A. (2011, May). Aberrant interregional correlations of cortical thickness in autism spectrum disorders. Presentation at the 10th annual International Meeting For Autism Research, San Diego, CA.