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Sara Chiara Haden

Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., University of VirginiaM.A., Dartmouth Campus, University of Massachusetts Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


Dr. Haden completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2007 after receiving her M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2002 and her B.A. degree in Psychology and Italian from the University of Virginia in 1999.  She completed her APA-accredited internship at the University of Florida in 2007 and served as the Research Postdoctoral Fellow on the Forensic Inpatient Service at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center during 2007-2008.  Dr. Haden's research focuses on the effects of exposure to community violence as well as risk and protective factors involved in the development of aggressive behavior in children.  Her clinical experience includes work with survivors of torture and war trauma, psychiatric emergency patients, pediatric HIV clinic clients, primary care patients, mentally ill offenders, and adult male prisoners.

Currently Dr. Haden has an active research lab comprised of undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the effects of violence exposure to young urban adults.  She is also collaborating with Dr. Hagins in the Physical therapy department researching the effect of yoga on the psychosocial health of middle school students.  Dr. Haden is a licensed psychologist in New York and a clinician at the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science where she primarily treats sex offenders and mentally ill offenders.


Clinical Child and Adult Psychology

Research Specialties: Trauma, Violence, Aggression, Risk and Resiliency


McIntyre, S.L., Antonucci, E., & Haden, S.C. (in press). Being White Helps: Intersections of Self-Concealment, Stigmatization, Identity Formation, and Psychological Distress in Racial and Sexual Minority Women. Accepted to Journal of Lesbian Studies.

Santella, A., Krishnamachari, B., Davide, S., Cortell, M., Furnari, W., Watts, B. Haden, S. (in press). Knowledge of HIV, Attitudes toward People with HIV and Willingness to Conduct Rapid HIV Testing: A National Survey of Dental Hygienists. Accepted to International Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Hagins, M., Haden, S.C., & Daly, L. (2013). A randomized controlled trial on the effects of yoga on stress reactivity in 6th grade students. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 607134.

Hassan, S., Mallozzi, L., Dhingra, N., & Haden, S.C. (2011). Victimization in young urban adults and depressed mood: Understanding the interplay of coping and gender. Violence and Victims, 26(3), 329-346.

Dempsey, A., Haden, S.C., Goldman, J., Sivinski, J., & Wiens, B. (2010). Relational and Overt Victimization in Middle and High Schools: Associations with Self-Reported Suicidality. Journal of School Violence, 10(4) 374-392.

Scarpa, A., Haden, S.C., & Carey, J.M. (2010). Gender differences in developmental pathways to aggression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 19(7). 757-776.

Wiens, B., Haden, S.C., Dean, K., & Sivinksi, J (2010). The impact of peer aggression and victimization on substance use in rural adolescents. Journal of School Violence, 9 (3), 271-288

Scarpa, A., Haden, S.C., & Tanaka, A. (2010). Being hot-tempered: Autonomic, emotional, and behavioral distinctions between childhood reactive and proactive aggression. Biological Psychology, 84 (3), 488-496.

Haden, S.C., & Shiva, A. (2009). Confirming a two-factor structure of impulsivity in a mentally ill forensic sample. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 8(3).

Shiva, A., Haden, S.C., & Brooks, J. (2009) Mental illness, interactions with staff, and demographic variables as predictors of civil and forensic inpatient satisfaction with care. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44(11), 979-987.

Shiva, A., Haden, S.C., & Brooks, J. (2009) Development and psychometric evaluation of the Inpatient Satisfaction Questionnaire. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37(2), 201-213.

Haden, S.C., Scarpa, A., & Stanford, M.S. (2008). Validation of the Impulsive/Premeditated Aggression Scales in a college population. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 17(3), 352-373.

Scarpa, A., Tanaka, A., & Haden, S.C. (2008). Biosocial bases of reactive and proactive aggression: The roles of community violence exposure and heart rate. Journal of Community Psychology, 36(8), 969-988.

Haden, S.C., & Shiva, A. (2008). Trait impulsivity in a forensic inpatient sample: An evaluation of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 26(6), 675-690.

Haden, S. C., & Scarpa, A. (2008). Community violence victimization and depressed mood: The moderating effects of coping and social support.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23 (9), 1213-1234.

Haden, S.C., Scarpa, A., Jones, R.T., & Ollendick, T.H. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury: The moderating role of perceived social support and coping for young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 1187-1198.

Haden, S.C., & Scarpa, A. (2007). The noradrenergeric system and its involvement in aggressive antisocial behavior. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12, 1-15. 

Gillman, T., & Haden, S.C. (2006). Understanding and treating the juvenile firesetter: A review. The Forensic Examiner, 15(4), 10-18.

Scarpa, A., & Haden, S.C. (2006). Community violence victimization and aggressive behavior: The moderating effects of coping and social support.  Aggressive Behavior, 32(5), 502-515.

Scarpa, A., Haden, S. C., & Hurley, J. D. (2006). Community violence victimization and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder: The moderating effects of coping and social support. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(4), 446-469. 

Haden, S.C., & Hojjat, M. (2006). Aggressive responses to betrayal: The effects of type of relationship, victim’s sex, and nature of aggression. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23. 101-116.

Scarpa, A., Hurley, J. D., Shumate, H.W., & Haden, S.C. (2006). Lifetime prevalence and socioemotional effects of hearing about community violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21. 5-23.

Haden, S.C., & Scarpa, A. (2005). Childhood animal cruelty: A review of research, assessment, and therapeutic issues. The Forensic Examiner, 14(2), 23-32.

Lectures and Presentations

Invited Talks:

Haden, S.C. (2012, June). Hear our voice: LGBTQ youth with disabilities.  Panelists: Patricia Fraser, Dustin Hausner, and Park McArthur. 3rd Annual Brooklyn Parent Center Conference. Long Island University.

Paper Presentations and Symposia:

Haden, S.C., Carr, S., & Antinori, M. (2013, April). An Approach to Engaging Faculty in the Assessment Process. Symposium presented at the 1st Annual Assessment Network of New York (ANNY). West Point, NY.

Nuñez, S., & Haden, S.C. (October, 2012). Hispanic young adults’ PTSD and depression as risk factors for revictimization. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Diversity Challenge: What to do about race and culture and violence. Boston, MA.

McIntyre, S., Antonucci, E., & Haden, S.C. (October, 2011). Identity formation and psychological distress in minorities with concealable and non-concealable stigmas.” Paper presented at the 11th Annual Diversity

Challenge: Intersection of Race or Ethnic Culture with Gender or Sexual Orientation. Boston, MA.

Diamond, E., Haden, S.C., & Brennan, S. (November, 2010). Differential mediating role of forgiveness on relationship between aggression and PTSD based on the nature of the trauma. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Disorders, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dhingra, N., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). The relationship between object relations and posttraumatic growth and coping in bereavement. Paper presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.

Haden, S.C. (Febuary, 2010). Violence exposure reported by urban young adults. Symposium presented at the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan: Forging A Shared Agenda, Dallas, TX.

Poster Presentations:

Daly, L., Haden, S.C., & Hagins, M. (2013, June). A randomized control trial comparing the impact of yoga and physical education on the emotional and behavioral functioning of middle school children. Poster to be present at the 2013 International Association of Yoga Therapists. Boston, MA.

Daly, Antonucci, E., & Haden, S.C. (August, 2012). Familial support, self-concealment, and psychological distress in stigmatized women. Poster presented at the Division 35 (Psychology of Women) program at the 2012 American Psychological Association Convention. Orlando, FL.

Hochsztein, N., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2012). Emotional Distress of Individuals Exposed to Terminal Illness: The Roles of Coping and Hopelessness. Poster session presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA

Mazer, D., Naidu, P., & Haden, S.C. (March, 2012) Aggression and post traumatic stress symptoms in young adult college students. Poster presented at the 83rd annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Antonucci, E.A., McIntrye, S.L. & Haden, S.C. (October, 2012). Identity formation and Poster proposal submitted to the 2013 Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Diversity Challenge: Intersection of Race or Ethnic Culture with Gender or Sexual Orientation. Boston, MA.

Daly, L.A., Haden, S.C., & Hagins, M. (September, 2011). The impact of yoga on the psychological wellbeing of New York City public School sixth graders. Poster presented at the 2011 International Association of Yoga Therapy Symposium on Yoga Research, Kripalu, Lennox, MA.

Glicklich, R. M., & Haden, S.C. (March, 2011). Sex differences in social-support seeking and avoidant coping on depression. Poster presented at 2001 Annual Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Cambridge, MA.

Diamond, E.B., & Haden S.C. (May, 2010). Type of trauma moderates the relationship between forgiveness of self and hostility. Poster presented at the 22nd annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.

Rebani, Y., & Haden S.C. (May, 2010). Negative coping style is a strong predictor of PTSD severity among women exposed to violence. Poster presented at the 22nd annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.

Mallozzi, L., & Haden, S.C. (May 2010). Emotion-focused coping predicts depression in women exposed to violence. Poster presented at the 22nd annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.

Brennan, S., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). Trauma and PTSD symptomatology: Dispositional forgiveness as a potential mediator. Poster presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.

Hutchison, E.N., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). The Relationship between stress perception, coping styles, and disordered eating in dancers. Poster presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.

Hassan, S., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). Community violence: The role of coping as a moderator between direct victimization and depression. Poster presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.

Mundy, J.H., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). Coping styles and sex differences impact the effect of trauma exposure on depressive symptomatology. Poster presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.

Messinger, J.W., & Haden, S. C. (March, 2010). Validation of the Curious Experiences Survey (CES) in an urban minority population. Poster presented at the 2010 annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.



Co-Investigator. National Science Foundation - Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers Women in Science, Institutional Transformation Catalyst (NSF-ADVANCE IT-Catalyst), (Anthony DePass and Lori Knapp Co-Investigators).

Principal Investigator, American Psychological Association (APA)/ Science Directorate's

“Academic Enhancement Initiative,” Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health

Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions, “Community Violence Exposure:

Prevalence and Outcomes among Urban Young Adults.

Recipient, Ph.D. Fellowship. AdvanceVT, National Science Foundation.

Principal Investigator, Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) Pre-Doctoral

Research Grant, “Aggressive components of sexual aggression.”


Recipient, Sigma Xi Ph.D. Research Award.

Recipient, Safe Zone Recognition Award for Teaching, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Recipient, American Psychology Foundation. Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) Scholarship.

Nominee, P.E.O. Scholar Award Nominee, Southwestern Virginia Region.

Recipient, Division 53 Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Research Award.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member, APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics
  • Member, APA Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Member, APA Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
  • Member, APA Division 56: Division of Trauma Psychology
  • Member, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology