Julia Madeleine Shadur

Julia Madeleine Shadur

Julia Madeleine Shadur

Assistant Professor

Social-emotional development, emotion regulation, parenting, family systems, substance use, children of substance-dependent caregivers

Julia Shadur is an Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies in the School of Integrative Studies and in Human Development and Family Science at George Mason University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of her doctoral training, she completed a minor concentration in Quantitative Psychology and her clinical psychology internship at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Shadur completed an F32-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology and at the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research in the Department of Psychology, both at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Three primary aims guide Dr. Shadur's research program: (1) characterizing the parenting context within high-risk families where drug use occurs; (2) examining within-person risk mechanisms linking daily experiences of emotion dysregulation with daily drug use events (i.e., self-medication); and (3) examining the developmental risk mechanism that links parental emotion dysregulation and addiction to child emotion dysregulation and subsequent risk for addiction across development, with a focus on emotion-specific parenting behavior as a key mediator of interest.  

Dr. Shadur’s program of research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of addiction and emotion dysregulation, and examines both basic and prevention research questions regarding the development of emotion regulation among young children of substance-dependent caregivers. Her research is grounded within the frameworks of developmental psychopathology and developmental science, and her work thus explores the multifaceted factors that impact emotion regulation and risk-taking behaviors across development. Her line of work focuses on the contextual, family, and parenting factors that impact young children of substance-dependent caregivers. She is particularly interested in how parental addiction impacts emotion-specific parenting behaviors (i.e., parent emotion socialization), and how these parenting behaviors then impact children’s emotion regulation and subsequent risk for substance use. Dr. Shadur employs a broad range of quantitative methods and analytic techniques to accomplish her research aims, including factor analysis, structural equation modeling / latent growth curve modeling, and multilevel modeling.  

Dr. Shadur was awarded a Faculty Research and Development Award (FRDA) through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GMU. The project funded through this award is entitled "Parenting Stress, Emotion Regulation, and Recovery: Transactional Mechanisms Underlying Intergenerational Transmission of Opioid Addiction and Risk for Relapse." This work will examine the mechanisms that explain how the context of opioid addiction impacts parenting and child outcomes, as well as the risks that underlie how the stress of parenting itself increases risk for relapse and overdose particularly following residential treatment discharge. An additional aim of this project includes conducting needs assessment interviews and focus groups to support development of a brief and feasible parenting/family-based treatment program for families impacted by opiate addiction. 

A second study in this line of work examining the diverse parenting contexts that exist among substance-dependent caregivers is also currently underway in collaboration with Dr. Cristina Risco at UMD in College Park. The aim of this project is to better characterize the interaction between parent emotion socialization more broadly and parent socialization around issues related to culture, race, racial identity, and experiences of discrimination. This project examines how the intersection between these diverse contextual factors and multifaceted parenting behaviors collectively impact the developmental, social, and emotional outcomes among children of substance-dependent parents who self-identify as African American.

Selected Publications

Shadur, J., & Hussong, A.M. (in press). Conceptualization and measurement of parent emotion socialization among mothers in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Shadur, J., Ninnemann, A., Lim, A., Lejuez, C.W., & MacPherson, L. (in press). The prospective relationship between distress tolerance and cigarette smoking expectancies in adolescence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Shadur, J., & Lejuez, C.W. (2015). Adolescent substance use and comorbid psychopathology: Emotion regulation deficits as a transdiagnostic risk factor. Current Addiction Reports (Topical Collection on Transgenerational Considerations in Addictions), 2(4)354-363. doi: 10.1007/s40429-015-0070-y

Shadur, J.M., Hussong, A.M., & Haroon, M. (2015). Negative affect variability and adolescent self-medication: The role of the peer context. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34(6), 571-580, doi: 10.1111/dar.12260.

Shadur, J., & Hussong, A.M (2014). Friendship intimacy, close friend drug use, and self-medication in adolescence. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31(8), 997-1018.

Expanded Publication List


Felton, J., Collado, A., Havewala, M., Shadur, J., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C.W. (in press). Distress tolerance interacts with negative life events to predict depressive symptoms across adolescence. Journal of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology.

Felton, J., Banducci, A., Shadur, J., Stadnik, R., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C. (2017). The developmental trajectory of perceived stress mediates the relations between distress tolerance and internalizing symptoms among youth. Development and Psychopathology29(4), 1391-1401. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000335

Tuten, M., Shadur, J., Stitzer, M., & Jones, H. (2017). A comparison of Reinforcement Based Treatment (RBT) versus RBT plus Recovery Housing (RBT-RH). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 72, 48-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.09.001

McCauley, K.L., Shadur. J., Hoffman, E.M., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C.W. (2016). Adolescent callous-unemotional traits and parental knowledge as predictors of unprotected sex among youth. Behavior Modification, 40(1-2), 70-96. 

Felton, J., Collado, A., Shadur, J., Lejuez, C.W., & MacPherson, L. (2015). Sex differences in self-report and behavioral measures of disinhibition predicting marijuana use across adolescence. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(4), 265-274.

Lechner, W.V., Shadur, J.M., Banducci, A.N., Grant, D.M., Morse, M., & Lejuez, C.W. (2014). The mediating role of depression in the relationship between anxiety sensitivity and alcohol dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 39(8), 1243-1248.

Burns, A., Solis, J.M., Shadur, J., & Hussong, A.M. (2013). Comparing psychiatric symptoms among children of substance-abusing parents with different treatment histories. Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies, 8(3), 258-271.

Solis, J.M., Shadur, J., Burns, A.R., & Hussong, A.M. (2012). Understanding the diverse needs of children whose parents abuse substances. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 5(2), 135-147.

Reimuller, A., Shadur, J., & Hussong, A.M. (2011).  Parental social support as a moderator of self-medication in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 36(3), 203-208.



Hussong, A.M., Shadur, J., Burns, A., Stein, G., Jones, D., Solis, J., & McKee, L. (2018). An early emerging internalizing pathway to substance use and disorder. In R.A. Zucker & S. Brown (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.013.015

Grants and Fellowships

2019-2020: Faculty Research and Development Award. "Parenting Stress, Emotion Regulation, and Recovery: Transactional Mechanisms Underlying Intergenerational Transmission of Opioid Addiction and Risk for Relapse." Funding Source: College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), George Mason University

2015-2018: Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32-DA039626). "Parent Emotion Socialization and Child Emotion Regulation: Mechanisms of Intergenerational Transmission of Addiction." Agency: NIH (National Institute on Drug Abuse). 

2011-2012: Institutional Predoctoral Training Fellowship (T32-HD0007376), The Center for Developmental Science. Agency: NIH (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).

Courses Taught

INTS 316: Introduction to Childhood Studies

HDFS 200: Individual and Family Development


Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Psychology


PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BA in Psychology, Tufts University