Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Nancy Busch, Ph.D.
Dean of GSAS
Keating 222
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
(718) 817 - 4404
Office Hours: By appointment
Professor Busch
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Major Research Interests Top
  • My research focuses on parent-child relationships, particularly on socialization in Latino families and ethnic differences in parenting.  In this area, I explore the relationship of maternal teaching behaviors to the development of mastery motivation and self-concept in young children, an endeavor that first required the creation of new, culturally centered instruments.  Having spent several years developing both parental report and observational measures for the assessment of these constructs with funding from NICHD, I work to identify the best practices for the creation and validation of culturally centered measures of early child development and socialization.

Courses Top
  • PSYC 6142-Developmental Assessment 
  • PSYC 6143-Developmental Assessment Laboratory 

Selected Publications Top

  • Busch-Rossnagel, N.A.  (2002).  Creating culturally sensitive and community-sensitive measures of development. In A. Higgins-D’Alessandro, K. Jankowski (Eds.), Science for Society: Informing Policy and Practice through Research in Developmental Psychology. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 98 (pp. 57-65).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Busch-Rossnagel, N. A. (2006).  First, do no harm:  Culturally centered measurement for early intervention.  In J. E. Trimble and C. B. Fisher (Eds.) Handbook of ethical research with ethnocultural populations and communities (pp. 51-64).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.
  • DesRosiers F., Vrsalovic, W.T., Knauf, D.E., Vargas, M., & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A.  (1999).  Assessing the multiple dimensions of the self-concept of young children:  A focus on Latinos.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 45, 543-566.
  • Mendez-Baldwin, M. & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A.  (2003).  Changes in parental sense of competence and attitudes in parents involved in a Head Start as a result of participation in a parent education workshop.  NHSA Dialog, 6,  331-344.
  • Roth-Hanania, R., Busch-Rossnagel, N.A., & Higgins-D’Alessandro, A  (2000)  Development of Self and Empathy in Early Infancy:  Implications for Atypical Development.  Infants and Young Children, 13, 1-14.
  • Sherrod, L. R. Busch-Rossnagel, N. A. & C. B. Fisher.  (2003).  Applying developmental science:  Methods, visions, and values.  In R. M. Lerner and L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Psychology (pp. 747-780).  NJ:  Wiley.
  • Vargas, M. & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A.  (2000).  Authority plus affection:  Latino parenting during adolescence.  In M.M. Montero-Sieburth & F.A. Villarruel (Eds.),  Making invisible Latino adolescents visible: A critical approach to Latino diversity (pp. 265-287)  New York:  Garland Publishing.
  • Vargas, M. & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A. (2003).  Teaching behaviors andstyles of low-income Puerto Rican mothers.  Applied Developmental Science, 7, 229-238.

Selected Presentations Top
  • Busch-Rossnagel, N. A. Applied developmental assessment.  Presentation in the Donald L. Peters Symposium, University of Delaware, April 23, 2004. (

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