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 is parental sensitivity, which plays a critical role in shaping infants’ earliest development – both pre- and postnatally – through processes of biobehavioral synchrony and neurocognitive stimulation. A second major focus of our lab is children's developmental thriving in low- and middle-income countries, especially South East Asia where we are conducting basic and intervention studies designed to protect young children against such factors as poverty, malnutrition, and caregiver depression.
Measelle, J.R., & Ablow, J.C. (2018). Contributions of early adversity to pro-inflammatory phenotype in infancy: the buffer provided by attachment security. Attachment & Human Development, 20(1), 1-23.
Fong, M., Measelle, J.R., Conradt, E., & Ablow, J.C. (2017). Links between early baseline cortisol, attachment classification, and problem behaviors: A test of differential susceptibility versus diathesis-stress. Infant Behavior and Development, 46, 158-168.
Ostlund, B.D., Measelle, J.R., Laurent, H.K., Conradt, E., & Ablow, J.C. (2016). Shaping emotion regulation: attunement, symptomatology, and stress recovery within mother-infant dyads. Developmental Psychobiology, 15, 15-25.