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Cristina B. Bares

Associate Professor of Social Work

Cristina B. Bares

Cristina Bares, PhD '07, a developmental psychologist with training in behavioral genetics and advanced statistical modeling, Bares employs multiple methodologies to examine the biological, psychological and contextual determinants of child and adolescent health. As a graduate of U-M’s Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Developmental Psychology, she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the U-M SSW Curtis Center (2011).

Currently, Bares studies the genetically-mediated risk factors leading to problems of anxiety, depression and substance use in adolescence while accounting for important psychological and environmental risk factors.

Research Interests/Focus

Examines biological, psychological and social determinants of child and adolescent health and the interactions that give rise to adaptive and maladaptive behavior


Year Degree   School
2007 PhD Social Work and Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2004 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2001 MBA University of Michigan, Dearborn
1998 BA Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


U-M SSW PhD Psychology - Developmental Graduate - 2007

Dissertation Topic

The development and influence of subjective experiences on children's thinking: Implications for cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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