Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty Collegiate Chair and 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 Center for Children & Families.


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

SBraungart-Rieker, Zentall, S., Lickenbrock, D., & Ekas, N. (under review). Attachment 
in the Making: Mother and Father Sensitivity and Infants’ Responses During the Still-Face 
SBraungart-Rieker, J.M., Planalp, E.M., Ekas, N.V., Lickenbrock, D.L., Zentall, S. (under 
review). This is the PITS! The Parent Ignore Toddler Situation.
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.
Planalp, 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.
SHill-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.

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