Julie M. Braungart-Rieker
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 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 Development, 39, 173-187.
SPlanalp, E.M., Braungart-Rieker, J.M. (2013). Temperamental precursors of infant attachment with mothers and fathers. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 686-808.
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