Wendy Rote

Wendy Rote

Associate Professor


Office: DAV 114
Phone: 727/873-4957



Wendy Rote, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, housed on the USF St. Petersburg campus. She joined the USF Psychology department in 2015 and is part of the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology program area. As director of the Parent-Adolescent Relationships (PAR) Lab, she studies the impact of parenting on children and adolescents, with a focus on autonomy development, parental socialization, and divergent perceptions of parenting.


  • B.A., Psychology, Whitman College
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Rochester
  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Rochester
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Positive Youth Development Lab, University of Rochester


Rote teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology, statistics and psychological tests and measures. She was awarded the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award in 2019.


Dr. Rote’s research focuses on answering questions about how individual differences and goals within the relationship between children and parents influence the way family members interact and perceive their interactions. Topics examined include adolescent autonomy development, family decision-making, overparenting, information management, inductive discipline, and parental psychological control. Drawing upon Social Domain Theory, much of her work also includes morally relevant constructs or processes.

Dr. Rote’s research has been supported by numerous grants, such as the Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, which will allow Rote and her lab to study the impact of helicopter parenting on students with disabilities. A USF Nexus Initiative Award, awarded in partnership with a researcher from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will fund research that examines cultural differences and impacts of overparenting for high school-aged students in the United States and China.


Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social


Rote, W. M. & *Flak, S. (In press). Perceptions of parenting and moral development. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of Moral Development (3rd ed.). Routledge.

Rote, W. M., *Hall, C., & *Sandifer, E. (2022). Domain-differentiated Guilt Induction: Understanding the structure and correlates of a novel measure. Parenting: Science and Practice, advance online publication.

Kho, C., Main, A., & Rote, W. M. (2021). Discussion quality and disclosure during conflict: Adolescent perceptions of parenting behaviors is key. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.

Rote, W. M., *Flak, S. R., & *Ellison, C. (2021). “That’s not what I heard!”: Adolescent internalizing, negative perceptions of maternal communication, and felt shame and guilt. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50(8), 1603-1708.

Rote, W. M., *Corona, A., Moore, L., Patrick, R, & *Flak, S. (2020). Adolescent perceptions of inductive discipline as a response to peer aggression: Variation by socialization agent and individual characteristics. Social Development, 30(2), 428-448.

Rote, W. M., *Olmo, M., *Feliscar, L., Jambon, M., Ball, C., & Smetana, J. G. (2020). Helicopter parenting and perceived overcontrol by emerging adults: A family-level profile analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(11), 3153-3168.

Rote, W. M., Smetana, J. G., & *Feliscar, L. (2020). Longitudinal associations between adolescent information management and mother–teen relationship quality: Between- versus within-family differences. Developmental Psychology, 56(10), 1935-1947.

Rote, W. M. & Smetana, J. G. (2018). Within-family dyadic patterns of parental monitoring and adolescent information management. Developmental Psychology, 54, 2302-2315. doi:10.1037/dev0000615

Rote, W.M., & Smetana, J. G. (2017). Situational and Structural Variation in Youth Perceptions of Maternal Guilt Induction. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1940-1953. doi:10.1037/dev0000396

Rote, W.M., & Smetana, J. G. (2016). Patterns and predictors of mother-adolescent discrepancies across family constructs. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 2064-2079. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0515-1