Research Interests and Publications
My research seeks to identify early sources of psychopathology in childhood, in particular, family processes that adversely influence the development of very young children’s psychobiology. A major focus of our work currently is parental sensitivity, which plays a critical role in shaping infants’ earliest development – both prenatally and neonatally – through processes of biological and behavioral synchrony. Along with colleagues at Friends without a Border, I am currently conducting health and well-being research in Laos and Cambodia. This new direction for our lab explores children's development around the world through both basic science and applied research activities in South East Asia.
Conradt, E., Ablow, J.C., & Measelle, J. (2013). Poverty, problem behavior and promise: Differential susceptibility among infants reared in poverty. Psychological Science, 36, 255-267.
Oppenheimer, J.E., Ablow, J.C., Laurent, H.K., & Measelle, J.R. (2013). Emotion Suppression and Maternal Vagal Regulation During the Still-Face Paradigm. Infant Behavior & Development.
Laurent, H.K., Ablow, J.C., & Measelle, J.R. (2012). Taking stress response out of the box: Stability, discontinuity, and temperament effects on HPA and SNS across social stressors in mother-infant dyads. Developmental Psychology, 48, 35-45.
Musser, E.D., Ablow, J.C., & Measelle, J.R. (2012). Predicting maternal sensitivity: The roles of postnatal depression and respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Infant Mental Health, 34, 350-359.