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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Brophy-Herb Holly Brophy-Herb
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Syracuse University

Research Statement
Dr. Brophy-Herb conducts research on early social-emotional development in infancy and early childhood. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of a repertoire of social and emotional competencies that promote toddlers’ and preschoolers’ abilities to regulate their behaviors and engage in positive interactions with their parents, caregivers and peers. Dr. Brophy-Herb’s work focuses on the contributions of parenting, the parent-child relationship, family interactions, and early childhood classroom climates to the acquisition of these skills. Currently funded work is centering on: 1) parental supportiveness and use of emotion coaching as related to toddlers’ social-emotional competencies; 2) the family mealtime as a social context for early feeding and the development of toddlers’ regulatory and behavioral competencies (with Dr. Mildred Horodynski, College of Nursing) and 3) the effectiveness of statewide childcare expulsion prevention programs in reducing toddlers’ and preschoolers’ disruptive behaviors (with Dr. John Carlson, College of Education). Dr. Brophy-Herb is also a member of the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Study Research Consortium and is studying the long term impacts of Early Head Start on positive child and family development.

Research Publications    
2009Brophy-Herb, H. E., Horodynski, M., Dupuis, S. B., Bocknek, E. L., Schiffman, R., Onaga, E., Van Egeren, L., Fitzgerald, H., Cunningham-DeLuca, M., Hawver, S., Adkins, M., Thomas, S. (in press). Early Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers: Perspectives of Early Head Start Staff and Parents. Infant Mental Health Journal.
2009Bocknek, E. L., Brophy-Herb, H. E., & Banerjee, M. (in press). The effects of maternal supportiveness on toddlers’ emotion regulation over the first three years of life in a low-income African American sample. Infant Mental Health Journal.
2009Horodynski, M.A., Brophy-Herb, H., Henry, M., Smith, K.A., & Weatherspoon, L. (2009). Toddler feeding: Expectations and experiences of low-income African Americans. Health Education Journal, 68 (1), 14- 25.
2008Hillaker, B., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Villaruel, F., & Haas, B. (2008). The Contributions of Parenting to Social Competencies and Positive Values in Middle School Youth: Positive Family Communication, Maintaining Standards, and Supportive Family Relationships. Family Relations, 57 (5), 591-601.
2007Brophy-Herb, H. E., Lee, R. E., Nievar, A., & Stollak, G. E. (2007). Preschoolers’ Social Competence: Relations to Family Characteristics, Teacher Behaviors and Classroom Climate. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 134-148.