Theresa Kapke

Theresa Kapke (Lauer) graduated from Marquette University in 2010 with a B.S. in psychology and minors in Spanish and studio arts. Upon graduation, Theresa worked as a research assistant at MDRC, a non-profit social policy research organization dedicated to improving programs and policies that affect low-income populations. Theresa entered the Marquette University clinical psychology doctoral program in Fall 2012 with specific interests in contextual influences on the development and treatment of childhood psychopathology, mental health disparities, parent-child relationships, and Latino mental health. Theresa recently completed her master’s thesis examining the effects of acculturation and acculturation risk factors on self-worth among Latino adolescents. Currently, she is working on her dissertation, which will explore factors that predict Latino family participation in child mental health services.


Kapke, T. L., Gerdes, A. C., & Lawton, K. E. (under review).Global Self-Worth in Latino Youth: The Role of Acculturation and Acculturation Risk Factors. Submitted toHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Kapke, T. L., Grace, M. A., Gerdes, A. C., & Lawton, K. (under review). Latino adolescent mental health: Examining the impact of family functioning, familism, and global self-worth. Submitted to Journal of Latino/a Psychology.

Haack, L. M., Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (under review). Rates, Associations, and Predictors of Psychopathology for Latino Youth: Influence of Parental Acculturation. Submitted to Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Lawton, K.E., Gerdes. A.C., & Kapke, T.L. (under review). The role of acculturation differences and acculturation conflict in Latino family mental health. Submitted to Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Lawton, K. E., Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2015). Understanding parental locus of control in Latino parents: Examination of cultural influences and help-seeking intentions. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication at

Gerdes, A. C., Kapke, T. L., Lawton K. E., Grace, M., & Dieguez Hurtado, G. (2015). Culturally adapting parent training for Latino youth with ADHD: Development and pilot. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3, 71-87.


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