BELLE Project: Selected Publications


Weisleder, A, Cates, CB, Dreyer, B, Berkule Johnson, S, Huberman, H, Seery, A, Canfield, C, Mendelsohn, AL. Promotion of positive parenting and prevention of socioemotional disparities. Pediatrics 2016. In press.


Cates CB, Weisleder A, Mendelsohn AL. Mitigating the Effects of Family Poverty through Early Child Development Interventions in Primary Care. Academic Pediatrics 2016. In Press.


Hutton JS, Horowitz-Kraus T, Mendelsohn AL, DeWitt T, Holland SK, the C-MIND Authorship Consortium. Home Reading Environment and Brain Activation in Preschool Children Listening to Stories. Pediatrics 2015, 136(3), 466-478.


Cates, CB, Weisleder, A, Dreyer, BP, Berkule Johnson, S, Vlahovicova, K, Ledesma, J, & Mendelsohn, AL. Leveraging healthcare to promote responsive parenting: Impacts of the Video Interaction Project on parenting stress. Journal of Family Studies 2015, 1-9.


Canfield, C, Weisleder, A, Cates, CB, Huberman, H, Dreyer, BP, Legano, L, Berkule Johnson, S, Seery, A, & Mendelsohn, AL. Primary care parenting intervention effects on use of corporal punishment among low-income parents of toddlers: VIP 0-3 impacts on reduced physical punishment. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2015, 36(8), 586-593.


Berkule Johnson, S, Arevalo, J, Cates, CB, Weisleder, A, Dreyer, BP, Mendelsohn, AL. Perceptions about parental engagement among Hispanic immigrant mothers of first graders from low-income backgrounds. Early Childhood Education Journal 2015, 1-8.


Berkule SB, Cates CB, Dreyer BP, Huberman HS, Arevalo J, Burtchen N, Weisleder A, Mendelsohn AL. Reducing Maternal Depressive Symptoms Through Promotion of Parenting in Pediatric Primary Care. Clinical Pediatrics 2014; 460-469. PMID: 24707022


Tomopoulos S, Cates CB, Dreyer BP, Fierman AH, Berkule SB, Mendelsohn AL. Children under the age of two are more likely to watch inappropriate background media than older children. Acta Pediatrica 2014;  103; 546-552. PMID: 24812713


American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Early Childhood. Policy Statement: Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice. Pediatrics 2014, 134,1–6.


Lerner C, Barr R. Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. Zero to Three 2014. (Mendelsohn AL contributing author).


Burtchen N, Alvarez-Segura M, Mendelsohn AL, Dreyer BP, Castellanos FX, Catapano P, Guedeney. Screening for sustained social withdrawal behaviors in six-month old infants during pediatric primary care visits: results from an at-risk Latino immigrant sample with high rates of maternal major depressive disorder. Infant Mental Health Journal 2013; 34(6), 542-552.


Mendelsohn AL, Cates CB, Weisleder A, Berkule SB, Dreyer BP. Promotion of Early School Readiness Using Pediatric Primary Care as an Innovative Platform. Zero to Three 2013; 34 (1), 29-40.


McCabe, A., Tamis-Lemonda, C.S., Bornstein, M.H., Cates, C.B., Golinkoff, R., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Hoff, E., Kuchirko, Y., Melzi, G., Mendelsohn, A.L., Paez, M., Song, L., & Guerra, A.W. Multilingual children: Beyond myths and towards best practices. Society for Research in Child Development Social Policy Report 2013, 27 (4), 3-21.


Cates CB, Dreyer BP, Berkule SB, White LJ, Arevalo JA, Mendelsohn AL. Infant Communication and Subsequent Language Development in Children from Low-Income Families: The Role of Early Cognitive Stimulation. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Journal of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics 2012; 33(7), 577-585. (PMCID: PMC3434454).


Morrow, L.M., Berkule, S.B., Mendelsohn, A.L., Healey, K., Cates CB. Learning Through Play. In R.Reutzel (Ed). The Handbook of Research-Based Practice in Early Childhood Education. The Guilford Press: New York.2012.


Huberman, H.S., Mendelsohn, A.L. Preventive Interventions: Parenting and the Home Environment. In Holmes V. and King R.B. (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012; 512-538.


Mendelsohn AL. Addressing Disparities in School Readiness through Promotion of Parenting in Well-Child Care: The Broader Context of Let’s Read. (Editorial). Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2012; 166(11):1071-1073.


Mendelsohn AL, Huberman HS, Berkule-Silberman SB, Brockmeyer CA, Morrow LM, Dreyer BP. Primary Care Strategies for Promoting Parent-Child Interactions and School Readiness in At-Risk Families: Early Findings from the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy and Education Success (BELLE). Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2011, 165 (1), 33-41.


Mendelsohn AL, Dreyer BP, Brockmeyer CA, Berkule-Silberman SB, Huberman HS, Tomopoulos S. An RCT of Primary Care Pediatric Parenting Programs: Impacts on Reduced Media Exposure in Infants, Mediated through Enhanced Parent-Child Interaction. Arch of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2011; 165 (1), 42-48.


Mendelsohn AL, Dreyer BP, Brockmeyer CA, Berkule-Silberman, S.B., & Morrow, L.M. Fostering early development and school readiness in pediatric settings. In D. Dickinson & S.B. Neuman (Eds). Handbook of Early Literacy Research: Volume 3. New York: Guillford, 2011; 279-294.


Berkule-Silberman SB, Dreyer BP, Huberman HS, Klass PE, Mendelsohn AL. Sources of Parenting Information in Low Socioeconomic Status Mothers. Clinical Pediatrics 2010; 49, 560-568.


Tomopoulos S, Dreyer BP, Berkule-Silberman S, Fierman AH, Brockmeyer C, Mendelsohn AL. Infant Media Exposure and Toddler Development. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2010; 164(9): 1105-1111.


Mendelsohn AL, Brockmeyer C, Dreyer BP, Fierman AH, Berkule-Silberman S, Tomopoulos S.  Do verbal interactions with infants during electronic media exposure mitigate adverse impacts on their language development as toddlers? Infant and Child Development 2010; 19(6): 577-593.


Morrow LM, Mendelsohn AL, Kuhn MR. Characteristics of Three Family Literacy Programs that Worked. In Dunsmore K and Fisher D, eds. Bringing Literacy Home. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2010.


Green CM, Berkule SB, Dreyer BP, Fierman AH, Huberman HS, Klass P, Tomopoulos S, Yin HS, Morrow LM, Mendelsohn AL.  Does maternal literacy account for associations between education and parenting in low socioeconomic status families? Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2009;163(9):832-837.


Klass P, Dreyer BP, Mendelsohn AL. Reach Out and Read: Literacy Promotion in Pediatric Primary Care. Advances in Pediatrics 2009; 56: 11.


Mendelsohn AL, Berkule SB, Tomopoulos S, Tamis-LeMonda CS, Huberman HS, Alvir J, Dreyer BP. Infant Television Exposure Associated With Limited Parent-Child Verbal Interactions. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2008;162(5):411-417.


Berkule SB, Dreyer BP, Klass PE, Huberman HS, Yin HS, Mendelsohn AL. Mothers' Expectations for Shared Reading Following Delivery: Implications For Reading Activities at 6 Months. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2008; 8(3): 169-174.


Berkule SB, Dreyer BP, Forrest EK, Mendelsohn AL. The Video-Interaction Project: A Pediatric Care Intervention to Promote Parent-Child Interaction. Ab Initio International 2008; Spring.


Mendelsohn AL, Valdez P, Flynn V, Foley G, Berkule S, Tomopoulos S, Fierman AH, Tineo W, Dreyer BP. Use of Videotaped Interactions During Pediatric Well-Child Care: Impact at 33 Months on Parenting and on Child Development. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2007; 28:206–212.


Berkule S, Dreyer BP, Huberman HS, Fierman AH, Mendelsohn AL. Attitudes About Shared Reading Among At-Risk Mothers of Newborn Babies. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2007; 7: 45-50.


Tomopoulos S, Valdez PT, Dreyer BP, Fierman AH, Berkule SB, Kuhn M, Mendelsohn AL. Is Exposure to Media Intended for Preschool Children Associated with Less Parent-Child Shared Reading Aloud and Teaching Activities? Ambulatory Pediatrics 2007; 7: 18-24.


Tomopoulos S, Dreyer BP, Valdez P, Flynn V, Foley G, Berkule SB, Mendelsohn AL. Media Content and Externalizing Behaviors in Latino Toddlers. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2007; 7: 232-238.


Cutler CB, Legano LA, Dreyer BP, Fierman AH, Berkule SB, Lusskin SI, Tomopoulos S, Roth M, Mendelsohn AL. Screening for maternal depression in a low education population using a two item questionnaire. Archives of Women's Mental Health 2007; 10: 277–283.


Tomopoulos S, Dreyer BP, Flynn V, Rovira I, Tineo W, Mendelsohn AL. Books, Toys, Parent-Child Interaction and Development in Young Latino Children. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2006; 6(2), 72-78.


Mendelsohn AL, Dreyer BP, Flynn V, Tomopoulos S, Rovira I, Tineo W, PeBenito C, Torres C, Torres H, Nixon AF. Use of Videotaped Interactions During Pediatric Well-Child Care to Promote Child Development: An RCT. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2005; 26(1), 34-41.


Needlman R, Toker KH, Klass P, Dreyer BP, Mendelsohn AL. Effectiveness of a Primary Care Intervention to Support Reading Aloud: A Multi-Center Evaluation. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2005; 5(4), 209-215.


Mendelsohn AL. Promoting language and literacy through reading aloud: The role of the Pediatrician.  Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2002 July; 32(6): 183-210.


Mendelsohn AL, Mogilner LN, Dreyer BP, Forman JA, Weinstein SC, Broderick M, Cheng KJ, Magloire T, Moore T, Napier C. The Impact of a Clinic-based Literacy Intervention on Language Development in Inner-City Preschool Children. Pediatrics, 2001; 107: 130-134.


Dreyer BP, Mendelsohn AL, Tamis-LeMonda CS. Assessing the child’s cognitive home environment through parental report: Reliability and validity. Early Development and Parenting. 1996; 5:271-287.