Cathi Propper, Ph.D.
Cathi Propper is the Assistant Director of Training and Research at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University in May of 2006. Her research focuses on the development of infant emotion regulation from a behavioral and physiological perspective with a specific focus on the influence of the parent-child relationship. To this end, she has studied the development of behavior problems, as well as infant vagal reactivity (a physiological index of emotion regulation), in young children as a function of child genes and early maternal behavior. She has recently extended this line of research to explore processes of self-regulation in the classroom, including the development of attention and inhibitory control, as influenced by child characteristics and interactions with parents and teachers. She is currently conducting studies that investigate infant sleep over the first year of life, how prenatal experiences and family factors may influence its development, and how sleep patterns and quality may influence child behavior and emotion. Outside of her lab, Dr. Propper enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons (age 5 and 7)!
Kristin Tully, Ph.D.
Kristin majored in Economics and Honors Anthropology for her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Durham University in England, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke University School of Nursing through the inter-institutional Carolina Consortium on Human Development. Her research focuses on infant feeding practices and parent-infant sleep, using a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and observational methods in longitudinal designs. Kristin aims to contribute to public health policy and improve family well-being.
Noa Gueron-Sela, Ph.D.
Noa completed her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Her research interests include examining how children’s physiological regulation, parents’ characteristics, and parenting practices shape children’s emotion regulation capacities. She is particularly interested in triadic (mother-father-child) relationships and in the process by which two parents “work together” in fostering the development of children’s regulatory abilities.
Marie Camerota is a fifth year doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program at UNC, and a recipient of the Royster Society of Fellow’s five-year Chancellor’s Fellowship. Previously, she received her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University. Her main research interests revolve around the impact of prenatal and postnatal environmental influences on the development of cognitive and emotional self-regulation, with a particular interest in the role of infant sleep in supporting these processes.
Melissa Grimes is in her third year of the Developmental Psychology doctoral program at UNC. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Melissa studies sleep from infancy through adolescence, with an emphasis on the mechanisms by which sleep development is influenced by an individual’s family, peers, and environmental context.
Haley Rognstad is in her second year of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling master’s program at UNC. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include development, severe psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain.
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