Rebecca L. Babcock Fenerci

Biography

Professor Fenerci is a child clinical psychologist who received her doctoral degree from the University of Denver. She completed her predoctoral internship at the CAARE Diagnostic & Treatment Center in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Protection of Children in the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Professor Fenerci’s research focuses on the cognitive and interpersonal consequences of child maltreatment, with the goal of elucidating factors that can increase risk for or protect against the transmission of abuse and neglect from parents to their children. Specifically, she investigates how trauma-related cognitions (e.g., posttrauma appraisals, traumatic memory, interpersonal schemas) may influence parenting behavior and/or the parent-child relationship among survivors of maltreatment. Her research is informed by diverse theoretical perspectives, including social-cognitive theory, developmental psychopathology, attachment theory and betrayal trauma theory. Professor Fenerci is director of the Supporting InterGenerational Healing from Trauma (SIGHT) Lab, where she collaborates with Stonehill students to conduct research that can aid practitioners working to prevent the cycle of maltreatment and improve mental health services for survivors.

Professor Fenerci is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, families and adults who have survived trauma. She is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).    

Selected Publications

Babcock Fenerci, R.L. & DePrince, A.P. (in press). Intergenerational transmission of trauma: Maternal trauma-related cognitions and toddler symptoms. Child Maltreatment.

Babcock Fenerci, R.L. & DePrince, A.P. (in press). Shame and alienation related to child maltreatment: Links to symptoms across generations. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Babcock Fenerci, R.L., Chu, A.T. & DePrince, A.P. (2016). Intergenerational transmission of trauma-related distress: Maternal betrayal trauma, parenting attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 25, 382-399.

Babcock, R.L. & DePrince, A.P. (2013). Factors contributing to ongoing intimate partner abuse: Childhood betrayal trauma and dependence on one’s perpetrator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 1385-1402.

Babcock, R.L. & DePrince, A.P. (2012). Childhood betrayal trauma and self-blame appraisals among survivors of intimate partner abuse. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 13, 526-538.

Kaehler, L.A., Babcock, R., DePrince, A.P., & Freyd, J.J. (2013). Betrayal trauma in children and adolescents. In J. Ford & C. Courtois (Eds.) Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models (pp. 62-78). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Education

  • B.S., Psychology, Northeastern University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Denver

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child Psychopathology & Its Treatment
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum I