Professor of Psychology
Director,  William J. Shaw 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 Shaw Center for Children & Families.


Recent Papers (S = co-authored publication with current or previous Notre Dame graduate student(s))

SPlanalp, E.M. & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (accepted). Determinants of Father Involvement with Young Children: Evidence from the ECLS-B. Journal of Family Psychology.

SPlanalp, E. M., & Braungart-Rieker, J. M. (2015). Trajectories of regulatory behaviors in early infancy: Determinants of self-distraction and self-comforting. Infancy, 20(2), pp. 129-159.

SLickenbrock, D.M. & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2015). Examining antecedents of Infant Attachment Security with Mothers and Fathers: An Ecological System Perspective. Infant Behavior and Development39, 173-187.

SBraungart-Rieker, J.M., Moore, E.S., Planalp, E.M., & Burke-Lefever, J. (2014). Psychosocial Pathways to Childhood Obesity: A Pilot Study Involving a High Risk Preschool Sample. Eating Behaviors, 528-531.
SBraungart-Rieker, Zentall, S., Lickenbrock, D., Ekas, N., Oshio, T., & Planalp, E. (2014). Attachment in the Making: Mother and Father Sensitivity and Infants’ Responses During the Still-Face Paradigm, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology125, 63-84
SLickenbrock, D.M., Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Ekas, N., Zentall, S., Oshio, T., & Planalp, E.M. (2013). Early Temperament and Attachment with Mothers and Fathers as Predictors of Toddler Compliance. Infant and Child Development, 22, 580-602.

SPlanalp, E.M., Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2013). Temperamental precursors of infant attachment with mothers and fathers. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 686-808.
SPlanalp, E.M., Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Lickenbrock, D.M., Zentall, S. (2013). Trajectories of Parenting During Infancy: The Role of Infant Temperament and Marital Adjustment for Mothers and Fathers. Infancy, 18(S1), E16-E45.
SEkas, N.V., Lickenbrock, D.M., & Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2013). Developmental trajectories of emotion regulation across infancy: Do age and the social partner influence temporal patterns? Infancy, 18, 1-26.
SZentall, S.R., Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Ekas, N., & Lickenbrock, D.M. (2012). Longitudinal Assessment of Sleep-Wake Regulation and Attachment Security with Parents. Infant and Child Development, 21, 443-457.
SEkas, N.V., Braungart-Rieker, J.M., Lickenbrock, D.M., & Zentall, S.R., Maxwell, S.E. (2011). Toddler Emotion Regulation with Mothers and Fathers: Temporal Associations between Affect and Behavioral Strategies, Infancy, 16, 266-294.
SBraungart-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.

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Phone: (574) 631-6914

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