Paulo Graziano

Paulo Graziano

Contact Info

Office: AHC 4 Room 459
Lab Website: S.E.L.F-Regulation Lab
Phone: (305) 348-4007


  • IES Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Pediatrics/Clinical Child Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Research Interests

Dr. Graziano is Director of the S.E.L.F.-Regulation Lab, where research focuses on the role of children’s self-regulation as it pertains to School Readiness, Early Intervention, Learning, and Fitness (S.E.L.F.). He is particularly interested in how parental and environmental factors (e.g., teachers/classroom) may influence or moderate the impact of regulatory processes on adaptive functioning outcomes. Special emphasis on the role of physiological (i.e., RSA suppression) and neurocognitive processes in the development of psychopathology (emphasis on disruptive behavior disorders) as well as pediatric obesity. A large portion of his research focuses on developing and examining early interventions (e.g., behavioral parent training, summer programs) that can target children’s self-regulation skills and subsequent adaptive and health related outcomes. Dr. Graziano has authored or co-authored a number of papers and his work has been supported by both federal grants (e.g., Institute of Education Sciences) and local agencies (e.g., The Children’s Trust).

Select Publications

Graziano, P., *Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H, & Geffken, G. (in press). ADHD symptomology and risky health behaviors in college: The mediating role of sensation seeking and effortful control. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Reid, A., Graziano, P., Balkhi, A., McNamara, J., Cottler, L., et al. (in press). The risk of frequent non-prescription stimulant use in college students. Journal of American College Health.

Graziano, P., & Derefinko, K. (2013). Cardiac vagal regulation and children’s adaptive functioning outcomes: A meta-analysis. Biological Psychology, 94, 22-37.

Graziano, P., Kelleher, R., Calkins, S., Keane, S., & O’Brien, M. (2013). Predicting weight outcomes in preadolescence: The role of toddlers’ self-regulation skills and the temperament dimension of pleasure. International Journal of Obesity, 37, 937-942

Bagner, D., & Graziano, P. (2013). Barriers to success in parent training: The role of cumulative risk. Behavior Modification, 37, 356-377.

Graziano, P., McNamara, J., Geffken, G., & Reid, A. (2013). Differentiating comorbid problems in children with ADHD: Patterns of emotional reactivity and executive functioning. Journal of Attention Disorder, 17, 249-260.

Bagner, D., Graziano, P., Jaccard, J., Shinkopf, S., Vohr, B., & Lester, B. (2012). An initial investigation of baseline respiratory sinus arrhythmia as a moderator of treatment outcome for young children born premature with externalizing behavior problems. Behavior Therapy, 43, 652-665.

Graziano, P., Bagner, D., Shinkopf, S., Vohr, B., & Lester, B. (2012). Evidence-Based Intervention for Young children born premature: Associated changes in physiological regulation Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 417-428.

Graziano, P., Bagner, D., Waxmonsky, J., Reid, A., McNamara J., & Geffken, G. (2012) Co-occurring weight problems among children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The role of executive functioning. International Journal of Obesity, 36, 567-572.

Graziano, P., Keane, S.P., & Calkins, S.D. (2011). Sustained attention development during the toddlerhood to preschool period: Associations with toddlers’ emotion regulation strategies and maternal behavior. Infant and Child Development, 20, 389-408.

Graziano, P., Geffken, McNamara, & Reid, A. (2011). Severity of Children’s ADHD Symptoms and Parenting Stress: A multiple mediation model of self-regulation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 39, 1073-1083.

Graziano, P., Calkins, S.D., & Keane, S.P. (2011). Cardiovascular regulation profile predicts developmental trajectory of BMI and pediatric obesity. Obesity, 19, 1818-1825.

Graziano, P., Geffken, G., & McNamara. (2011). Atypical behaviors and comorbid externalizing symptoms equally predict social functioning in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 42, 377-389.

Graziano, P., Geffken, G., & Lall, A. (2011). Heterogeneity in the pharmacological treatment of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning differences. Journal of Attention Disorders, 15, 382-391

Graziano, P., Geffken, G., Williams, L., Lewin, A., Duke, D., Storch, E., et al. (2011). Gender differences in the relationship between parental report of self-regulation skills and adolescents’ management of type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 12, 410-418.

Lim, C., Graziano, P., Janicke, D., Gray, W., & Ingerski, L., & Silverstein, J. (2011). Peer victimization and depressive symptoms in obese youth: The role of perceived social support. Children’s Health Care, 40, 1-15.

Graziano, P., Calkins, S.D., & Keane, S.P. (2010). Maternal behavior and children’s early emotion regulation skills differentially predict development of children’s reactive control and later effortful control. Infant and Child Development, 19, 333-353.

Graziano, P., Calkins, S.D., & Keane, S.P. (2010). Toddler self-regulation skills predict risk for pediatric obesity. International Journal of Obesity, 34, 633-641.

Calkins, S.D., Graziano, P., Berdan, L., Keane, S.P., & Degnan, K. (2008). Predicting cardiac vagal regulation in early childhood from maternal-child relationship quality during toddlerhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 751-766.

Graziano, P., Keane, S.P., & Calkins, S.D. (2007). Cardiac vagal regulation and early peer status. Child Development, 78, 264-278.

Graziano, P., Reavis, R., Keane, S.P., & Calkins, S.D. (2007). The role of emotion regulation in children’s early academic success. Journal of School Psychology, 45, 3-19.

Calkins, S.D., Graziano, P., & Keane, S.P. (2007). Cardiac vagal regulation differentiates among children at risk for behavior problems. Biological Psychology, 74, 144-153.