Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty Collegiate Chair and Professor of Psychology
Director, Center for Children and Families
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University



Dr. Braungart-Rieker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on social and emotional development during infancy and early childhood. In particular, she is interested in the development of children's abilities to regulate and manage emotions. Using longitudinal designs, she examines the extent to which children's characteristics, parenting practices, the spousal relationship, and the fathers' role in the family relate to outcomes such as children's ability to manage distress, parent-child attachment security, and children's social competence. In a second line of work, Braungart-Rieker focuses on the family processes that may relate to early onset childhood obesity. Her current project involves a low income sample of preschool aged children where she and her team are examining factors such as the barriers that prevent families from adopting a healthy lifestyle, family relationships, parenting, and children’s socio-emotional functioning. Her publications have appeared in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Family Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology, Infancy, and other scholarly outlets. Dr. Braungart-Rieker is also the Director of the Center for Children & Families.


Recent Papers

Nekas, N.V., Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Lickenbrock, D.M., & Zentall, S.R., Maxwell, S.E. (in press). Toddler Emotion Regulation with Mothers and Fathers: Temporal Associations between Affect and Behavioral Strategies, Infancy.

Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Hill, A.L.,&  Karrass, J. (2010).  Fear and Anger Reactivity Trajectories From 4 to 16 Months: The Effects of Temperament, Regulation, and Maternal Sensitivity, Developmental Psychology, 46, 791-804.

Hill-Soderlund, A.L., & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2008). Early Individual Differences in Temperamental Reactivity and Regulation: Implications for Effortful Control in Early Childhood. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 386-397.

Braungart-Rieker, J.M., & Hill, A.L. (2005). Emotion regulation: Implications for the classroom. In O. N. Saracho & B. Spodek (Series Ed. and Vol. Ed.), Contemporary Influences in Early Childhood Education: Vol. 6. Contemporary Perspectives on Families, Communities, and Schools for Young Children, (pp. 107-129). Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Karrass, J. & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2005). Effects of Shared Parent-Infant Book Reading on Early Language Acquisition, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 133-148.

Karrass, J. & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2003). Parenting and Temperament as interacting agents in early language development. Parenting: Science and Practice, 3, 235-259.

Karrass, J., van de Venter, M., & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2003). Predictors of shared parent-child book reading in infancy. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 134-146.

Hill, A.L. & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2002). Four-month attentional regulation and its prediction of three-year compliance. Infancy, 3, 261-273.

Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Garwood, M.M., Powers, B.P., & Wang, X. (2001). Parental sensitivity, infant affect, and affect regulation: Predictors of later attachment. Child Development, 72, 252-270.

Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Courtney, S., & Garwood, M. M. (1999). Mother- and Father-infant attachment: Families in context. Journal of Family Psychology, 13, 535-553.

Stifter, C.A., Spinrad, T.L., & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (1999). Toward a developmental model of child compliance: The role of emotion regulation in infancy. Child Development, 70, 21-32.

Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Garwood, M.M., Powers, B.P., & Notaro, P.C. (1998). Infant affect and affect-regulation during the still-face paradigm with mothers and fathers: The role of infant characteristics and parental behavior. Developmental Psychology, 34, 1428-1437.

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