Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

Associate Dean for Research, School of Health and Human Sciences
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
School of Health and Human Sciences
237 Stone Building
UNC Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Fax: (336) 334-5076
Email: emleerke@uncg.edu
See my Curriculum Vita (PDF) or send me an email if you are interested in my research.

Research

My primary research focus centers around parent-child relations in infancy and early childhood.
Within this area, I have pursued three primary themes:

  1. identifying contextual, biological and psychological factors that contribute to sensitive maternal behavior, particularly in response to negative child emotions;
  2. examining links between maternal sensitivity and subsequent child outcomes such as emotion regulation, attachment security, behavior problems, adjustment to school, and obesity risk;
  3. examining the impact of parenting a child with unique temperamental characteristics on adult development, well-being, and relationships during the transition to parenthood.

I enjoy collaborating with students on a range of topics that fit their interests.  In the recent past that has included examination of the links between marital conflict and infant outcomes and the role of race in parental emotion socialization and related child outcomes.

I am actively seeking new graduate students.  Prospective candidates may contact me via email at emleerke@uncg.edu.

My Current Students:

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Lauren Bailes, M.S.
Ph.D. Student
Pamela Norcross, M.S.
M.S./Ph.D. Combined Student
Currently working on her Ph.D.