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Nancy Busch Rossnagel

Dr. Nancy Busch Rossnagel

Professor of Psychology
Curriculum Vitae

Email: [email protected]

Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 322
Phone: 718-817-3884


  • The Pennsylvania State University, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Wayne State University, MA, Human Development and Family Studies
  • The Merrill Palmer Institute, Graduate Study
  • Scripps College, BA, Psychology

Major Research Interests

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.


  • PSYC 1200 - Foundations of Psychology
  • HPRH3075 - Ignatian Education Seminar

Recent Publications

  • Plotka, R. & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A. (2017). The effects of maternal disciplining behaviors on the development of self-assertion, self-regulation, and compliance in Latino toddlers. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 12 (no. 2), 43-54.
  • Plotka, R. & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A. (2016). Aggression in young children. Professional Journal of the New York Academy of Public Education, 5,10-17.
  • Plotka, R., Busch-Rossnagel, N.A., and Kim, S. (2015). Working with English language learners (ELLs) in early childhood settings:  Research-based recommendations for teachers.  Professional Journal of the New York Academy of Public Education, 4,14-22
  • Busch-Rossnagel, N. A., & Morgan, G.A. (2013). Introduction to section three (mastery motivation and self-regulation): Overview and analysis. In K. C. Barret (Ed.), Handbook of self-regulatory processes in development: New directions and international perspectives (pp. 247-264). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2003). Teaching behaviors and styles of low-income Puerto Rican mothers. Applied Developmental Science, 7, 229-238.
  • 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.

Recent Presentations

  • Busch Rossngel, N. Self-awareness.  CUNY Cultural Orientation Program, September 25, 2015.
  • Plotka, R., & Busch-Rossnagel, N.A. The Effect of Length of Maternity Leave on the Quality of Mother-Child Interactions and Attachment. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April, 2013.
  • Busch, N.A.  Bucking downward enrollment trends. Presentation to Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Graduate Administrators Conference, St. Louis, MO, March, 2013.
  • Busch, N.A. Strategic Planning at a Private University. Presentation as part of the professional workshop, “Strategic Assessment of Graduate Programs”, Council of Graduate Schools Summer Workshop, Vail, CO, July 14, 2008
  • Busch, N.A. Cultural Factors in Early Childhood Self-development: Latinos in the US. Invited address to the Conference on Human Development, New York, April 9, 2010.
  • Busch, N.A. The Fordham Model. Presentation as part of the premeeting workshop, “Assessment and Review of Graduate Programs—Doctoral,” Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, December 7, 2011. (Updated and presented at CGS, Washington, DC, December , 5, 2012 and CGS, San Diego, CA December 4, 2013)
  • Busch-Rossnagel, N. A. Applied developmental assessment. Presentation in the Donald L. Peters Symposium, University of Delaware, April 23, 2004.