Faculty Profile​

Jenny Vaydich

Jenny​ Vaydich​

Assistant Professor of Psychology​

Phone: 206-281-2872
Office: Marston 128

Education: BA, St. Olaf College, 2004; MA, University of Notre Dame, 2008; PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2011. At SPU since 2015.

Dr. Jenny Vaydich is a clinical psychologist whose teaching and research interests are in developmental psychopathology,  bridging clinical and developmental psychology. Her research focuses on emotion socialization within the parent-child relationship and how emotion socialization impacts emotion regulation from a developmental psychopathology framework.

Her research explores parent-child relationships and parental emotion socialization during childhood and adolescence. Much of her work has focused on aggression; however, she has recently begun to explore the influence of parent-child relationships on depression and anxiety. She is also interested in the influence of culture on parental emotion socialization, as well as how parent-child relationships are associated with physiological and neuroendocrine functioning.

Dr. Vaydich teaches both clinical and developmental psychology courses, spanning childhood through adolescence. She also teaches a course focusing on child emotion regulation development.

​Selected publications

Narvaez, D., & Vaydich, J.L. (2011). Fear, love and moral functioning. In P. Aerni, & K. J. Grün (eds.), Morality and Fear. Göttingen: Germany: Vandehoeck & Ruprecht.

Narvaez, D., Holter, A., Vaydich, J.L. (2010). Moral development. In A.S. Davis (ed.), Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology (pp. 79–87). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Narvaez, D., Khmelkov, V., Vaydich, J., & Turner, J. (2009). Measuring teacher moral self-efficacy. Journal of Research in Character Education, 6, 3–16.

Narvaez, D., & Vaydich, J.L. (2008). Moral development and behavior under the spotlight of the neurobiological sciences. Journal of Moral Education, 37, 289–312.

Please view Dr. Vaydich’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I teach at SPU

Jenny Vaydich, assistant professor of psychology

“I teach at SPU because the students thoughtfully utilize the information they are learning in the classroom to reflect upon what it means for their lives as they explore the university mission of engaging the culture and changing the world.”