Marsha Mailick

Position title: Professor Emerita, Social Work


Phone: (608) 262-1044

333 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Dr.

School of Social Work
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Curriculum Vitae


My research is aimed at understanding the impacts of “nonnormative” (NN) parenting, which we define as parenting a son or daughter with a developmental disability or severe mental illness, or experiencing child death. As well, I study the behavioral phenotypic trajectories of specific disabilities (including autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and schizophrenia) across the life course, and how the family environment affects the development of individuals with such disabilities. My research is interdisciplinary, incorporating epidemiological methods, biomarkers, and genetics, as well as social and psychological approaches.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Fertility, Families, and Households; Health and the Life Course; Biodemography

Selected Publications

Namkung, Eun Ha, Jan Greenberg, and Marsha Mailick. “Well-Being of Sibling Caregivers: Effects of Kinship Relationship and Race.” Gerontologist 57, no. 4 (2017): 626-36. PubMed Central ID 5881720.

Smith, Leann, Jinkuk Hong, Jan Greenberg, and Marsha Mailick. “Change in the Behavioral Phenotype of Adolescents and Adults with Fxs: Role of the Family Environment.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 46, no. 5 (2016): 1824-33. PubMed Central ID 4826830.

Maenner, Matthew, Jan Greenberg, and Marsha Mailick. “Association between Low Iq Scores and Early Mortality in Men and Women: Evidence from a Population-Based Cohort Study.” American journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities 120, no. 3 (2015): 244-57. PubMed Central ID 4795820.

Woodman, Ashley, Leann Smith, Jan Greenberg, and Marsha Mailick. “Change in Autism Symptoms and Maladaptive Behaviors in Adolescence and Adulthood: The Role of Positive Family Processes.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 45, no. 1 (2015): 111-26. PubMed Central ID 4289113.

Taylor, Julie, Natalie Henninger, and Marsha Mailick. “Longitudinal Patterns of Employment and Postsecondary Education for Adults with Autism and Average-Range Iq.” Autism 19, no. 7 (2015): 785-93. PubMed Central ID 4581899.

Namkung, Eun Ha, Jiieun Song, Jan Greenberg, Marsha Mailick, and Frank Floyd. “The Relative Risk of Divorce in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Impacts of Lifelong Parenting.” American journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities 120, no. 6 (2015): 514-26. PubMed Central ID 4624231.

Wheeler, Anne, Donald Bailey, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Jan Greenberg, Molly Losh, Marsha Mailick, Montserrat Mila, et al. “Associated Features in Females with an Fmr1 Premutation.” Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 6 (2014). PubMed Central ID 4121434.

Litzelman, Kristin, Whitney P. Witt, Ronald E. Gangnon, F. Javier Nieto, Corinne D. Engelman, Marsha Mailick, and Halcyon G. Skinner. “Association between Informal Caregiving and Cellular Aging in the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The Role of Caregiving Characteristics, Stress, and Strain.” American Journal of Epidemiology 179, no. 11 (2014): 1340-52. PubMed Central ID 4036217.

Wolfe, Barbara, Jieun Song, Jan S. Greenberg, and Marsha Mailick. “Ripple Effects of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness on Nondisabled Adult Siblings.” Social Science & Medicine 108 (2014): 1-9. PubMed Central ID 4079586.