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Centre for Analytic Criminology



Gabriela D. Roman is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge.

Her research lies at the intersection of affective and cognitive science, with a focus on arousal-modulated cognitions in adverse environments. Within CAC she is involved in investigating the developmental propositions of the SAT, as applied to the PADS+ dataset.

Gabriela's work relies on quantitative longitudinal methodologies, in particular longitudinal structural equation modelling (e.g.; More recently she has been working on developing the method of 'experiential cascades', aimed at deconstructing interactions and experiences (

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Key publications: 
  • Wikstrom. P.-O.H., Treiber, K., & Roman, G.D. (2023). Character, Circumstance and Criminal Careers: Towards a dynamic developmental and life-course Criminology. The Clarendon Studies in Criminology: Oxford University Press.
  • Roman, G.D., Dobrean, A., & Florean, S. (2023). The role of low social affiliation in the ‘maltreatment-callousness-aggression’ axis. Under review at Development and Psychopathology.
  • Roman, G.D. (2022). The Method of Cascades.
  • Florean, I.S., Dobrean, A., & Roman, G.D. (2021). Parenting practices and children’s mental health problems: A network approach. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Ruggeri, K., Roman, G.D., Walczak, A., Norton, S., Cipresso, P., Del Pino, R., Egumenovska, K., eds. (2020). Advancing Psychological Methods Across Borders. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA.
  • Perry, G., Wikstrom, P.-O.H., & Roman, G.D. (2018). Differentiating right-wing extremism from potential violent extremism: The role of criminogenic exposure. International Journal of Developmental Science.
  • Golombok, S., Blake, L., Slutsky, J., Raffanello, E., Roman, G.D., & Ehrhardt A. (2018). Parenting and the adjustment of children born to gay fathers through surrogacy. Child Development.
  • Richter, L.M., Orkin, F.M., Roman, G.D., Dahly, D.L., Horta, B.L., Bhargava, S.K., Norris, S.A., & Stein, A.D. (2018). Comparative models of biological and social pathways to predict child growth through age 2 years from birth cohorts in Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa. Journal of Nutrition.
  • Balan, R., Dobrean, A., Roman, G.D., & Balazsi, R. (2017). Indirect effects of parenting practices on internalizing problems among adolescents: The role of expressive suppression. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  • Golombok, S., Ilioi, E., Blake, L., Roman, G.D., & Jadva, V. (2017). A longitudinal study of families formed through reproductive donation: Parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent adjustment at age 14. Developmental Psychology.
  • Ilioi, E., Blake, L., Jadva, V., Roman, G.D., & Golombok, S. (2017). The role of age of disclosure of biological origins in the psychological wellbeing of adolescents conceived by reproductive donation: a longitudinal study from age 1 to age 14. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Roman, G.D., Ensor, R., & Hughes, C. (2016). Does child EF at age 3 mediate the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms at age 2 and child adjustment at age 6? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
  • Roman, G.D., Poulter, D., Barker, E., McKenna, F., & Rowe, R. (2015) Developmental trajectories of risky driving behaviour across the first three years of licensure. Accident Analysis and Prevention.
  • Hughes, C., Roman, G.D., & Ensor, R. (2014). Parenting and Executive.  Function: Positive and Negative Influences. In S. Landry and C. Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Golombok, S., Blake, L., Casey, P., Roman, G.D., & Jadva, V. (2013). Children born through reproductive donation: A longitudinal study of child adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Hughes, C., Roman, G.D., Hart, J. M., & Ensor, R. (2013). Does maternal depression predict young children’s executive function? A 4 year longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Ensor, R., Roman, G.D., Hart, M., & Hughes, C. (2012). Mothers’ depressive symptoms and low mother-toddler mutuality both predict children’s maladjustment. Infant and Child Development.
Affiliated Researcher
Dr Gabriela  Roman
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