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Research Interests and Publications

Dr. Ablow's research interests are in the area of social development and developmental psychopathology, with an emphasis on understanding how psychobiological and family factors combine to influence individual adaptation. Specifically, her work focuses on understanding how the psychological and physiological properties of emotional arousal and styles of emotional regulation in one sub-system of the family shape similar processes in other familial sub-systems. From a developmental psychopathology and family research perspective, she has examined how emotional arousal and the regulation of arousal in the marital relationship can "spill-over" to and shape children's psychological and emotional development. An important aspect of this work has been the development of ways to assess how young children perceive and make sense of their family environment. More recently, her work incorporates biologically-based perspectives to further examine inter-personal emotional regulation and child development. In current research, she is exploring the relation between parental internal working models of attachment, physiological arousal, and behavioral sensitivity in response to infant emotional communication (e.g., attachment cues).

Dr. Ablow will not be accepting new master's students for Fall 2017.

Selected Publications:

Ablow, J.C., Measelle, J.R., Cowan, P.A., & Cowan, C.P. (2009). Linking marital conflict and children’s adjustment: The role of young children’s perceptions.  Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 485-499.

Conradt, E., & Ablow, J.C. (2010). Infant physiological response to the Still-Face Paradigm: Contributions of maternal sensitivity and infants’ early regulatory behavior. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 251-265.

Graham, A.M., Ablow, J.C. & Measelle, J.R. (in press). Interparental relationship dynamics and cardiac vagal functioning in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development.

Laurent, H.K. & Ablow, J.C. (in press). A cry in the dark: Depressed mothers show reduced neural activation to their own infant’s cry. SCAN.

Laurent, H.K., Ablow, J.C. & Measelle, J.R. (in press). Risky shifts: How the timing and course of mothers' depressive symptoms across the perinatal period shape their own and infant's stress response. Development and Psychopathology.