B.Sc. Psychology Research Specialist, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Ph.D., M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology completed at the IWK Health Center, Halifax, NS, Canada
Post-doctoral training completed at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA
Dr. Kotelnikova plans to admit a new PhD student to start in Fall 2021
My research interests lie in the areas of personality development and developmental psychopathology with an emphasis on multi-informant and multi-method assessment. My graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) has explored the role of temperamental emotionality in internalizing psychopathology, and the influence of methodology on the conclusions that one draws in developmental models of depression vulnerability. This research was performed in the context of longitudinal designs in the hopes of creating a comprehensive model of depression risk, including temperamental, psychophysiological, and cognitive pathways.
In addition to assessment of child temperament and its role in development of internalizing disorders, I am interested in the interplay between personality and psychopathology beyond the child-developmental period. Being a member of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium, I also contribute to the research literature on improving the organization, description, and measurement of psychopathology.
Given my long-standing interest in statistical methods, I am continuing to explore structural, methodological, and developmental issues in assessment of personality and temperament, including maladaptive personality traits. My postdoctoral research at the Center for Advanced Measurement of Personality and Psychopathology (CAMPP), University of Notre Dame focused on the structural and methodological issues in assessment of maladaptive personality traits and developing a better understanding of how such traits are related to functional impairment in daily life. With Dr. Lee Anna Clark, the developer of the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality, we developed a significantly shortened version of this measure, the SNAP Brief Self-Description Rating Form (SNAP-BSRF) and its informant counterpart, the SNAP Brief Other-Description Rating Form (SNAP-BORF). Currently, together with my research team at the UNO, I am working on developing a battery of theoretically and empirically grounded measures of temperament/personality across the lifespan to increase understanding of how temperament/ personality contributes to the development of psychopathology.