Alison Miller, PhD

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Associate Professor

Dr. Miller is a developmental psychologist who studies risk and resilience in children and families. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) at the UM School of Public Health. She was previously in the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Family Psychiatry) at Brown Medical School. She is affiliated with Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development, where she directs the Clinical-Community Interventions Group and is a member of the Obesity Research Group.

Publications

Sokol, R. L., Schmidt, C., Miller, A. L., Walton, M. A., Zimmerman, M., Resnicow, K., Cunningham, R. M., & Carter, P. M. (2021). Motivations for firearm possession and storage practices among urban young adults: differences between parents and non-parents. Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 27(5), 409–412. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2020-043856
Lee, D. B., Peckins, M. K., Miller, A. L., Hope, M. O., Neblett, E. W., Assari, S., Muñoz-Velázquez, J., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Pathways from racial discrimination to cortisol/DHEA imbalance: protective role of religious involvement. Ethnicity & Health, 26(3), 413–430. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2018.1520815
Heinze, J. E., Hsieh, H.-F., Thulin, E., Howe, K., Miller, A. L., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2021). Adolescent Exposure to Violence and Intimate-Partner Violence Mediated by Mental Distress. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101215
Sokol, R. L., Goldstick, J., Zimmerman, M. A., Muzik, M., Rosenblum, K. L., & Miller, A. L. (2020). Transitions into and out of post-traumatic stress among children involved in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105384
Sokol, R. L., Carter, P. M., Goldstick, J., Miller, A. L., Walton, M. A., Zimmerman, M. A., & Cunningham, R. M. (2020). Within-Person Variability in Firearm Carriage Among High-Risk Youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(3), 386–393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.03.005
Sokol, R. L., Zimmerman, M. A., Perron, B. E., Rosenblum, K. L., Muzik, M., & Miller, A. L. (2020). Developmental Differences in the Association of Peer Relationships with Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Prevention Science: The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 21(6), 841–849. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01125-3
Lee, D. B., Assari, S., Miller, A. L., Hsieh, H.-F., Heinze, J. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Positive Parenting Moderates the Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Executive Functioning: A Three-Generation Approach. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(7), 1878–1885. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01411-x
Culyba, A. J., Abebe, K. Z., Albert, S. M., Jones, K. A., Paglisotti, T., Zimmerman, M. A., & Miller, E. (2018). Association of Future Orientation With Violence Perpetration Among Male Youths in Low-Resource Neighborhoods. JAMA Pediatrics, 172(9), 877–879. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1158
Morrel-Samuels, S., Rupp, L. A., Eisman, A. B., Miller, A. L., Stoddard, S. A., Franzen, S. P., Hutchison, P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Measuring the Implementation of Youth Empowerment Solutions. Health Promotion Practice, 19(4), 581–589. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839917736511
Lee, D. B., Peckins, M. K., Heinze, J. E., Miller, A. L., Assari, S., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). Psychological pathways from racial discrimination to cortisol in African American males and females. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2), 208–220. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-017-9887-2
Zimmerman, M. A., Eisman, A. B., Reischl, T. M., Morrel-Samuels, S., Stoddard, S., Miller, A. L., Hutchison, P., Franzen, S., & Rupp, L. (2018). Youth Empowerment Solutions: Evaluation of an After-School Program to Engage Middle School Students in Community Change. Health Education & Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 45(1), 20–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198117710491
Cook, S. H., Juster, R.-P., Calebs, B. J., Heinze, J., & Miller, A. L. (2017). Cortisol profiles differ by race/ethnicity among young sexual minority men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.10.006
Eisman, A. B., Zimmerman, M. A., Kruger, D., Reischl, T. M., Miller, A. L., Franzen, S. P., & Morrel-Samuels, S. (2016). Psychological Empowerment Among Urban Youth: Measurement Model and Associations with Youth Outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(3–4), 410–421. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12094
Cook, S. H., Heinze, J. E., Miller, A. L., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2016). Transitions in Friendship Attachment During Adolescence are Associated With Developmental Trajectories of Depression Through Adulthood. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 58(3), 260–266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.252
Kruger, D. J., Carrothers, J., Franzen, S. P., Miller, A. L., Reischl, T. M., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2015). The Role of Present Time Perspective in Predicting Early Adolescent Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515619752
Locke, R. L., Miller, A. L., Seifer, R., & Heinze, J. E. (2015). Context-inappropriate anger, emotion knowledge deficits, and negative social experiences in preschool. Developmental Psychology, 51(10), 1450–1463. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039528
Heinze, J. E., Miller, A. L., Seifer, R., & Locke, R. (2015). Emotion Knowledge, Loneliness, Negative Social Experiences, and Internalizing Symptoms Among Low-Income Preschoolers. Social Development (Oxford, England), 24(2), 240–265. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12083
Lumeng, J. C., Kaciroti, N., Sturza, J., Krusky, A. M., Miller, A. L., Peterson, K. E., Lipton, R., & Reischl, T. M. (2015). Changes in body mass index associated with head start participation. Pediatrics, 135(2), e449-456. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2014-1725
Aiyer, S. M., Heinze, J. E., Miller, A. L., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Exposure to Violence Predicting Cortisol Response During Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Understanding Moderating Factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(7), 1066–1079. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0097-8
Leung, C. Y. Y., Lumeng, J. C., Kaciroti, N. A., Chen, Y. P., Rosenblum, K., & Miller, A. L. (2014). Surgency and negative affectivity, but not effortful control, are uniquely associated with obesogenic eating behaviors among low-income preschoolers. Appetite, 78, 139–146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2014.03.025
Ellis, S., Rosenblum, K., Miller, A., Peterson, K. E., & Lumeng, J. C. (2014). Meaning of the terms “overweight” and “obese” among low-income women. J Nutr Educ Behav, 46(4), 299–303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2013.08.006
Wilson, K. E., Miller, A. L., Lumeng, J. C., & Chervin, R. D. (2014). Sleep environments and sleep durations in a sample of low-income preschool children. J Clin Sleep Med, 10(3), 299–305. https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.3534
Miller, A. L., Kaciroti, N., Lebourgeois, M. K., Chen, Y. P., Sturza, J., & Lumeng, J. C. (2014). Sleep timing moderates the concurrent sleep duration-body mass index association in low-income preschool-age children. Acad Pediatr, 14(2), 207–213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2013.12.003
Lumeng, J. C., Miller, A., Peterson, K. E., Kaciroti, N., Sturza, J., Rosenblum, K., & Vazquez, D. M. (2014). Diurnal cortisol pattern, eating behaviors and overweight in low-income preschool-aged children. Appetite, 73, 65–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2013.10.016
Miller, A. L., Weston, L. E., Perryman, J., Horwitz, T., Franzen, S., & Cochran, S. (2014). Parenting While Incarcerated: Tailoring the Strengthening Families Program for use with jailed mothers. Children and Youth Services Review, 44(0), 163–170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.06.013
Goulding, A. N., Rosenblum, K. L., Miller, A. L., Peterson, K. E., Chen, Y. P., Kaciroti, N., & Lumeng, J. C. (2014). Associations between maternal depressive symptoms and child feeding practices in a cross-sectional study of low-income mothers and their young children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 11, 75. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-11-75
Wilson, K. E., Miller, A. L., Bonuck, K., Lumeng, J. C., & Chervin, R. D. (2014). Evaluation of a sleep education program for low-income preschool children and their families. Sleep, 37(6), 1117–1125. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.3774
Miller, A. L., Lumeng, C. N., Delproposto, J., Florek, B., Wendorf, K., & Lumeng, J. C. (2013). Obesity-Related Hormones in Low-Income Preschool-Age Children: Implications for School Readiness. Mind, Brain, and Education, 7(4), 246–255. https://doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12034
Miller, A. L., Perryman, J., Markovitz, L., Franzen, S., Cochran, S., & Brown, S. (2013). Strengthening Incarcerated Families: Evaluating a Pilot Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Their Caregivers. Fam Relat, 62(4). https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12029
Lane, J. D., Wellman, H. M., Olson, S. L., Miller, A. L., Wang, L., & Tardif, T. (2013). Relations between temperament and theory of mind development in the United States and China: Biological and behavioral correlates of preschoolers’ false-belief understanding. Developmental Psychology, 49(5), 825–836. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2012-14961-001&site=ehost-live&scope=site jonathan_lane@gse.harvard.edu
Miller, A. L., Clifford, C., Sturza, J., Rosenblum, K., Vazquez, D. M., Kaciroti, N., & Lumeng, J. C. (2013). Blunted cortisol response to stress is associated with higher body mass index in low-income preschool-aged children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(11), 2611–2617. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2013-25047-001&site=ehost-live&scope=site alimill@umich.edu
Hindman, A. H., Cromley, J. G., Skibbe, L. E., & Miller, A. L. (2013). Conventional and piecewise growth modeling techniques: Applications and implications for investigating Head Start children’s early literacy learning. Evaluation Review, 35(3), 204–239. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2011-21175-002&site=ehost-live&scope=site ahindman@temple.edu
Zimmerman, M. A., Stoddard, S. A., Eisman, A. B., Caldwell, C. H., Aiyer, S. M., & Miller, A. (2013). Adolescent resilience: Promotive factors that inform prevention. Child Development Perspectives, 7(4), 215–220. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2013-40236-004&site=ehost-live&scope=site marcz@umich.edu
Miller, A. L., Krusky, A. M., Franzen, S., Cochran, S., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2012). Partnering to translate evidence-based programs to community settings: bridging the gap between research and practice. Health Promot Pract, 13(4), 559–566. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839912438749
Berger, R. H., Miller, A. L., Seifer, R., Cares, S. R., & LeBourgeois, M. K. (2012). Acute sleep restriction effects on emotion responses in 30‐ to 36‐month‐old children. Journal of Sleep Research, 21(3), 235–246. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2869.2011.00962.x
Hindman, A. H., Miller, A. L., Froyen, L. C., & Skibbe, L. E. (2012). A portrait of family involvement during Head Start: Nature, extent, and predictors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(4), 654–667. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2011-28965-001&site=ehost-live&scope=site ahindman@temple.edu
Berhenke, A., Miller, A. L., Brown, E., Seifer, R., & Dickstein, S. (2012). Observed emotional and behavioral indicators of motivation predict school readiness in Head Start graduates. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26(4), 430–441. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2011-12507-001&site=ehost-live&scope=site berhenke@umich.edu
Miller, A. L., Horodynski, M. A., Herb, H. E., Peterson, K. E., Contreras, D., Kaciroti, N., Staples-Watson, J., & Lumeng, J. C. (2012). Enhancing self-regulation as a strategy for obesity prevention in Head Start preschoolers: the growing healthy study. BMC Public Health, 12, 1040. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-1040
Hindman, A. H., Skibbe, L. E., Miller, A., & Zimmerman, M. (2010). Ecological contexts and early learning: Contributions of child, family, and classroom factors during head start, to literacy and mathematics growth through first grade. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25(2), 235–250. 10.1016/j.ecresq.2009.11.003 http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2010-00634-001&site=ehost-live annemarie.hindman@temple.edu
Coyne, L. W., Low, C. M., Miller, A. L., Seifer, R., & Dickstein, S. (2007). Mothers’ empathic understanding of their toddlers: Associations with maternal depression and sensitivity. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16(4), 483–497. http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2008-00456-003&site=ehost-live&scope=site lcoyne@suffolk.edu
Miller, A. L., Notaro, P. C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2002). Stability and Change in Internal Working Models of Friendship: Associations with Multiple Domains of Urban Adolescent Functioning. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19(2), 233–259. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407502192004