Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

An asterisk (*) denotes a current or former graduate student advisee.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Leerkes, E.M., & *Zhou, N. (in press).  Maternal sensitivity to distress and attachment outcomes: Interactions with sensitivity to non-distress and infant temperament. Journal of Family Psychology.

  • *Su, J., *Augustine, M.E., & Leerkes, E.M. (in press). DRD4 interacts with adverse life events in predicting maternal sensitivity via emotion regulation. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • *Augustine, M., Leerkes, E.M., & Calkins, S.D. (in press). Relations between early maternal sensitivity and toddler self-regulation: Exploring variation by oxytocin and dopamine D2 receptor genes.  Developmental Psychobiology.
  • *Qu, J. & Leerkes, E.M. (in press).  The joint effect of infants’ vagal tone and distress in predicting behavior problems at preschool: A person-centered approach. Developmental Psychobiology.
  • Swingler, M.M., *Isbell, E., *Zeytinoglu, S., Calkins, S. D., & Leerkes, E.M. (in press). Maternal Behavior Predicts Neural Underpinnings of Inhibitory Control in Preschoolers. Developmental Psychobiology.
  • *Cao, H., *Zhou, N., *Qu, J. & Leerkes, E.M. (2018). Multiple domains of new mothers’ adaptation: Interrelations and roots in childhood maternal non-supportive emotion socialization.  The Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 575-587.
  • *Halliday, S. E., Calkins, S. D., & Leerkes, E. M. (2018). Measuring preschool learning engagement in the laboratory. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology167, 93-116.
  • *Isbell, E., Calkins, S. D., Swingler, M. M., & Leerkes, E. M. (2018). Attentional fluctuations in preschoolers: Direct and indirect relations with task accuracy, academic readiness, and school performance. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology167, 388-403.
  • *Norcross, P.L, *Zhou, N. & Leerkes, E.M. (2017).  Examining pathways linking maternal depressive symptoms in infancy to children’s behavior problems: The role of maternal unresponsiveness and negative behaviors.  Infant Behavior & Development, 238-247.
  • *Zhou, N., *Cao, H., Leerkes, E.M. (2017).  Interparental conflict and infants’ behavior problems: Direct effects and the differential mediating roles of maternal sensitivity in distress and nondistress contexts. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 464-474.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Gedaly, L.R., *Zhou, N., Calkins, S.D., Heinrich, V. & Smolen, A. (2017). Further evidence of the limited role of candidate genes in relation to infant-mother attachment outcomes.  Attachment & Human Development, 19, 76-105.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., A.J., Heinrich, V.  & Smolen, A. (2017).  Variation in mothers’ arginine vasopressin receptor 1a and dopamine receptor D4 predicts maternal sensitivity via social cognition. Genes, Brain & Behavior, 16, 233-240.
  • *Zeytinoglu, S., Leerkes, E.M., Swingler, M. & Calkins, S.D.  (2017).  Pathways from maternal effortful control to child self regulation: The role of maternal emotional support. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 170 -180.  (Special Section: Mind and Matter II: New Insights on the Role of Parental Cognitive and Neurobiological Functioning in Process Models of Parenting)
  • *Dunbar, A. S., Leerkes, E. M., Coard, S., Supple, A. J., & Calkins, S. D. (2017). An integrative conceptual model of parental racial and emotion socialization and links to child development among African American families. Child Development Perspectives, 11, 16-22.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M. (2017).  Maternal physiological arousal and regulation while caregiving pose risk for subsequent infant attachment disorganization and behavior problems.   Development and Psychopathology, 29, 245-257
  • *Gedaly, L.R. & Leerkes, E.M. (2016).  The role of sociodemographic risk and maternal behavior in the prediction of infant attachment disorganization. Attachment & Human Development, 18, 554-569.
  • Leerkes et al., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M. (2016).  Pathways by which mothers’ physiological arousal and regulation while caregiving predict sensitivity to infant distress. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 769-779.
  • *Qu, J., Leerkes, E.M., & *King, E. (2016). Mother-infant attachment predicts preschoolers’ emotion regulation behaviors two years later. Infant Behavior & Development, 44, 144-147.

Invited Chapters

  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Bailes, L.G. (in press).  Early emotional development in the family context.  In V. LoBue, K. Perez-Edgar, & K. Buss (Eds.).  Handbook of Emotional Development.  Springer.
  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Augustine, M. (in press). Parenting and Emotions.  In M. H. Bornstein (Ed)., Handbook of Parenting, 3rd ed, Vol 3. Being and Becoming a Parent. Routledge.
  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Qu, J. (in press).  Families with infants and young children.  In B. Fiese and K. Deater-Deckard (Eds), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology, Vol 1: Foundation, Methods, and Changing Forms Across the Lifespan. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Gedaly, L. & *Su, J. (2016).  Parental sensitivity and infant attachment.  In L. Balter & C.S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds).  Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues, 3rd edition.  (pp. 21-41).  New York: Psychology Press.
  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Parade, S.H. (2015).  A psychobiological perspective on emotional development within the family context. In S.D. Calkins (Ed). Handbook of infant development: Biopsychosocial perspectives (pp. 206-231).  New York: Guilford.