Rosanna Breaux

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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Child Study Center
Director, CALMER Lab
Office Hours
Open Office Hours - Monday 2-3:30pm
Child Assessment Clinic Office Hours - Tuesday 10:30am-noon
Office Address
Child Study Center - Room 115
460 Turner Street NW
Suite 207
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Office Phone
Short Bio
Dr. Breaux's research focuses on the social, emotional, and academic functioning of children and adolescents, particularly those with ADHD. She is also interested in understanding the role parents play in shaping children and adolescent's social-emotional development, with a focus on emotion regulation. Additionally, Dr. Breaux is working to evaluate and disseminate the RELAX intervention, which targets emotion dysregulation and interpersonal conflict in adolescents.

Please note Dr. Breaux plans to review applications for graduate students entering during the 2025-2026 school year.

Dr. Breaux enjoys spending time with her twin daughters, playing board games, hiking, cooking, watching Broadway musicals, traveling, dancing, and playing with her golden retriever, Eevee.

Recent Courses Taught
  • PSYC 3034 (Psychological Disorders of Children)
  • PSYC 6254 (Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology: Child Assessment)
  • PSYC 5965 and 6965 (Clinical Practicum)
Select Publications
  • *denotes mentored undergraduate, graduate, or postbaccalaureate author

  • Breaux, R. (2024). The need to target parent emotion regulation in child mental health treatment: A commentary on Brandão et al. (2023). Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 31, 110-112. doi: 10.1037/cps0000198
  • Breaux, R., Baweja, R., Eadeh, H. M.*, Shroff, D. M.*, Cash, A. R.*, Swanson, C. S.*, Knejans, A., & Waxmonsky, J. (2023). Systematic review and meta-analysis: Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for persistent non-episodic irritability. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 62, 318-334. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2022.05.012
  • Breaux, R., Cash, A. R.*, Lewis, J.*, Garcia, K. M.*, Dvorsky, M. R., & Becker, S. P. (2023). Impacts of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation on adolescent social functioning. Current Opinion in Psychology, 52, 101613. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2023.101613
  • Breaux, R., Shroff, D. M.*, Cash, A. R.*, Swanson, C. S.*, Carlton, C.*, Bertollo, J. R.*, & Dahiya, A. V.* (2023). Telehealth delivery of the RELAX intervention for families of adolescents diagnosed with ADHD: Preliminary treatment outcomes and evidence of acceptability and feasibility. Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 8, 24-38. doi: 10.1080/23794925.2021.1970053
  • Breaux, R.~, Dunn, N. C.~*, Langberg, J. M., Cuscick, C. N.*, Dvorsky, M. R., & Becker, S. P. (2022). COVID-19 resulted in decreased grade point averages for male high school students and students with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 26, 1011-1017. doi: 10.1177/10870547211044211. PMID: 34696611 ~ Indicates joint first author
  • Breaux, R., Lewis, J.*, Cash, A. R.*, Shroff, D. M.*, Burkhouse, K. L. & Kujawa, A. (2022). Parent emotion socialization and positive affect in child and adolescent clinical samples: A systematic review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 25, 204-221. doi: 10.1007/s10567-022-00388-2
  • Breaux, R., Becker, S. P., & Dvorsky, M. R. (2021). ADHD in COVID-19: Risk, resilience, and the rapid transition to telehealth. The ADHD Report, 29(2). ISSN 1065-8025. doi: 10.1521/adhd.2021.29.2.1
  • Breaux, R., Dvorsky, M. R., Marsh, N. P.*, Green, C. D.*, Cash, A. R.*, Shroff, D. M.*, Langberg, J. M., & Becker, S. P. (2021). Prospective impact of COVID-19 on adolescent mental health functioning in adolescents with and without ADHD: Protective role of emotion regulation abilities. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62, 1132-1139. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13382
  • Ph.D. (2017) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.S. (2013) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.S. (2011) - Carnegie Mellon University