Julie M. Braungart-Rieker

Julie M. Braungart-Rieker

Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty III College Chair, Professor and Director of William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University 

  • Developmental

(574) 631-6914


Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Babies and Families Lab

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Social and emotional development during infancy and early childhood.


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. She is currently running a large-scaled longitudinal study funded by the National Institutes of Heath that tests preventative interventions designed to enhance parenting of both mothers and fathers as well as to improve couples' communication skills. 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 Publications

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

Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Planalp, E.M., Ekas, N.V., Lickenbrock, D.L., Zentall, S. (2019). Toddler Affect with Mothers and Fathers: The Importance of Infant Attachment. Attachment and Human Development. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2019.1681012 

Planalp, E.M., O’Neill, M., & Braungart-Rieker, J. M. (2019). Parent Mind-Mindedness, Sensitivity, and Infant Affect: Implications for Attachment with Mothers and Fathers. Infant Behavior & Development, 57, 1-13. 

Kuo, P., Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Lefever, J., O’Neill, M., Sarma, M., & Gettler, L. (2018). Fathers' cortisol and testosterone in the days around infants' births predict later paternal involvement. Hormones and Behavior, 106, 28-34. 

Braungart-Rieker, J. M. (2018). Obesity. In Bornstein, M. (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development (pp. 1531-1533). SAGE Publications. 

s Ekas, N.V., Braungart-Rieker, J. M., & Messinger, D.S. (2018). The Development of Infant Emotion Regulation: Time is of the Essence. In P. M. Cole & T. Hollenstein (Eds.), Emotion Regulation: A Matter of Time (pp. 49-69). New York: Routledge.  

Gartstein, M.A., Prokasky, A., Bell, M.A., Calkins, S., Bridgett, D., Braungart-Rieker, J. M., et al. (2017). Latent Profile and Cluster Analysis of Infant Temperament: Comparisons across Person-Centered Approaches. Developmental Psychology.

Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Lefever, J.B., Planalp, E.M., & Moore, E.S. (2017). Reply. Journal of Pediatrics, 182, 408.

Planalp, E.M., Du, H., Braungart-Rieker, J. M., & Wang, L. (2017). Growth Curve Modeling to Studying Change: A Comparison of Approaches Using Longitudinal Dyadic Data with Distinguishable Dyads. Structural Equation Modeling, 24, 129 –147

Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Lefever, J.B., Planalp, E.M., & Moore, E.S. (2016). Body Mass Index at Age 3: Cascading Effects of Prenatal Maternal Depression and Mother-Infant Dynamics. Journal of Pediatrics, 177, 128-132.

Planalp, E.M. & Braungart-Rieker, J. M. (2016). Determinants of Father Involvement with Young Children: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 135-146.

Planalp, 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.

Lickenbrock, 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.

Braungart-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.

Braungart-Rieker, J. M., 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

Lickenbrock, 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.

Planalp, 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.

Zentall, 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.

Ekas, 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.

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.