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RESEARCHERS | COLLABORATORS | RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

RESEARCHERS  
Jude Cassidy, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park and Director of the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Attachment and is also the co-editor of the journal Attachment and Human Development. Her principal research interests are: social development, social cognition, family relationships, emotion regulation, and early interventions.
Bonnie E. Brett, Ph.D is a graduate research assistant working toward her Ph.D. in developmental psychology. She is interested in infant-mother relationships, and particularly how those relationships foster emotional and cognitive growth. Additionally, she in interested in how adult attachment affects parenting behavior, and in particular, parental responses to child distress.
Jackie Gross, M.S is a graduate research assistant working toward her Ph.D. in developmental psychology. She is interested in studying how the quality of young children's close relationships shapes social and emotional development throughout life. In particular, she is interested in parenting interventions designed to improve developmental outcomes for at-risk children, such as those raised in poverty or in institutions.
David Martin is a graduate research assistant working toward his M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology. He is interested in children's representations and how those representations serve as a guide for future relationships. Specifically, he is interested in the Secure Base Script and how it develops in childhood.

Jessica Stern. is a graduate research assistant working toward her M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology. She is interested in how parentsí empathy influences the quality of parent-child relationships, and how those relationships, in turn, may allow children to extend empathy to others. She is also interested in interventions to improve social and emotional outcomes for children and families in at-risk communities.

 

 

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COLLABORATORS  
Jason D. Jones, M.S. is a recent graduate of the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab. Broadly, Jason’s research focuses on parenting and parent-child relationships. His current research focuses on two areas: 1) how parents’ current and past experiences in close relationships guide their parenting behavior and their thoughts and feelings related to parenting and 2) how parenting and early family experiences relate to adolescent risk behavior and adolescent/adult health outcomes. Jason is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura J. Sherman, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab. Broadly, she is interested understanding the  quality of parent-infant relationships and children's social-emotional development. Specifically, she explores parent (e.g., thoughts about their children, emotion regulation, depression) and infant (e.g., temperament, social cognition, internal working models) factors that contribute to infants' attachment to their parents. She is particularly interested in how infants represent and remember their social-emotional interactions and how this contributes to the developing parent-child relationship..

Katie Ehrlich, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, where she works with Drs. Gregory Miller and Emma Adam. Katie is studying how adolescent social relationships influence immune, endocrine, and metabolic processes.

Brandi Stupica, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab. She is currently an associate professor at Alma College.

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Matt Dykas, Ph.D. is a Maryland graduate. He is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego and Director of the Relationships Across Development Laboratory. He is interested in attachment and peer relationships in adolescence, caregiving processes, social-information processing, and attachment-based intervention.

Dykas, M., Ziv, Y., & Cassidy, J. (2008).  Attachment and peer relations in adolescence. Attachment and Human Development, 10, 123-141.

Lisa Berlin, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University.

Duggan, A., Berlin, L. J., Cassidy, J., Burrell, L., & Tandon, D. (in press). Moderators of home visiting program impact in at-risk families of newborns: The roles of maternal depression and maternal attachment insecurity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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Brooke Feeney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of Carnegie Mellon University Relationships Lab.

Feeney, B., & Cassidy, J. (2003). Reconstructive memory related to adolescent-parent conflict interactions: The influence of attachment models on changes in perceptions over time. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 945-955.

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Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, Ph.D. is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She was a post-doctoral researcher in the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab.

Feeney, B. C., Cassidy, J., & Ramos-Marcuse, F. (2008). The generalization of attachment representations to new social situations: Predicting behavior during initial interactions with strangers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1481-1498.

Susan Woodhouse, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services at Pennsylvania State University. She was a post-doctoral researcher in the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory.

Woodhouse, S. S., Dykas, M. J., & Cassidy, J. (2009). Perceptions of secure base provision within the family. Attachment and Human Development, 11, 47-67.

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Yair Ziv, Ph.D. is the Senior Study Director in the Child and Family Unit at Westat, Rockville, MD.  He was a post-doctoral researcher in the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory. 

Kobak, R., Cassidy, J., Lyons-Ruth, K., & Ziv, Y. (2006). Attachment and developmental psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti, & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology, 2nd edition, (pp. 333-369). New York:  Wiley.

mindy Mindy Rodenberg-Cabrera, M.S. received her degree in 1999 in Marriage & Family Therapy from the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland. She served as project coordinator for "Attachment and Relationships in Adolescence" and "Hand-in-Hand Infant Development Project"

Cassidy, J., Woodhouse, S., Cooper, G., Hoffman, K., Powell, B., & Rodenberg, M. S. (2005). Examination of the precursors of infant attachment security: Implications for early intervention and intervention research. In L. J. Berlin, Y. Ziv, L. M. Amaya-Jackson, & M. T. Greenberg (Eds). Enhancing early attachments: Theory, research, intervention, and policy (pp. 34-60). New York: Guilford.

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Tom Borkovec, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, at Penn State University.

Cassidy, J., Phelps, J., Sibrava, N. J., Thomas, C. L. Jr., & Borkovec, T. (2009). Generalized anxiety disorder: Connections with self-reported attachment. Behavior Therapy, 40, 23-38.

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Stacey Daughters, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health and the Director of the Health and Addictions laboratory at the University of Maryland.

Our laboratory is currently collaborating with Dr. Daugthers to study connections among adolescent distress tolerance, risk behavior, friendship, and attachment.

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Carl Lejuez, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and Director of the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER).

Our lab is currently collaborating with Dr. Lejuez to study connections among adolescent distress tolerance, risk behavior, friendship, and attachment.

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Michelle Gelfand, Ph.D. is Professor of Organizational psychology at University of Maryland.

Our lab is currently collaborating with Dr. Gelfand to study the role of attachment in negotiation processes.

Mario Mikulincer, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the New School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzlyia.

Cassidy, J., Shaver, P. R., Mikulincer, M., & Lavy, S. (2009). Experimentally induced security influences response to psychological pain. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 463-478.

Jonathan Mohr, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at George Mason University.

Cassidy, J., & Mohr, J. J. (2001). Unsolvable fear, trauma, and psychopathology: Theory, research, and clinical considerations related to disorganized attachment across the lifespan. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 275-298.

Phil Shaver, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor at University of California, Davis.

Cassidy, J., & Shaver, P. R. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.

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Kent Hoffman, Bert Powell & Glen Cooper are the originators (along with Robert Marvin) of the Circle of Security attachment-based intervention.

Cassidy, J., Woodhouse, S., Cooper, G., Hoffman, K., Powell, B., & Rodenberg, M. S. (2005). Examination of the precursors of infant attachment security: Implications for early intervention and intervention research. In L. J. Berlin, Y. Ziv, L. M. Amaya-Jackson, & M. T. Greenberg (Eds). Enhancing early attachments: Theory, research, intervention, and policy (pp. 34-60). New York: Guilford.

Robert Marvin, Ph.D. is Research Professor at the University of Virginia and Director of The Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic. He is one of the originators of the Circle of Security attachment-based intervention.

Cassidy, J., Marvin, R. S., & the MacArthur Attachment Working Group. (1988, April). A system for classifying the organization of attachment behavior in 3- and 4-year-olds. Paper presented at the meetings of the International Conference on Infant Studies, Washington, DC.

Howard Steele, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology.

Dr. Steele is Editor of the journal Attachment and Human Development.

   
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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

We would like to thank all of our dedicated undergraduate research assistants who make data collection, entry, and coding possible! We appreciate all your hard work!

Shaina Wamsley
Allie Butts
Casey Dillon
Elysha Weissglass
Latisha Curtis
Matt Barnes
Megan McSwiggan
Payal Patel
Sonia Giron
Nick is our honorary research assistant!
   
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