Sonnette Bascoe, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer


Sturges 1
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Dr. Bascoe

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology; University of Rochester
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology; University of Rochester
  • B.A., Psychology; Spelman College

Research Interests

In general, I’m interested in the ways that relationships within the family (i.e., interparental, parent-child, sibling) influence children’s and adolescents' socio-emotional adjustment. Specifically, I integrate family systems and developmental psychopathology theories to understand the processes underlying the association between family relationship dynamics and youths’ psychological adjustment with a specific emphasis on the role that sibling relationships play for understanding patterns of adjustment and maladjustment.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Bascoe, S.M., Davies, P.T., & Cummings, E.M. (in press). Beyond Sibling Warmth and Conflict: The Developmental Utility of a Boundary Conceptualization of Sibling Relationship Processes. Child Development.
  • Martin, M.J., Bascoe, S.M., & Davies, P.T. (2011). Family Relations. In B. B. Brown and M. Printstein (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Vol. 2 (pp. 84-94). Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier.
  • Bascoe, S.M., Davies, P.T., Sturge-Apple, M., & Cummings, E. M. (2009). Children’s representations of family relationships, peer information processing, and school adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1740-1751.