My research focuses on longstanding questions regarding the significance of early experiences with parents and other caregivers for individuals’ socioemotional, cognitive, and neurobiological development. Through my research, I hope to better understand how various early caregiving experiences influence traditional markers of behavioral adaptation (e.g., self-regulation strategies, executive functions, and language skills) as well as attachment-related mental representations and stress neurobiology. Currently, I am investigating these issues among families with adopted children. The two-fold goal of this work is to deepen our understanding of how development is shaped by the interplay of environmental experiences and children’s genetically-based characteristics while simultaneously providing information about how parent-child relationship experiences can promote the healthy development of children.
Opportunities For Students
I am currently recruiting graduate students in Developmental Psychology beginning Fall 2019. Students will learn more about the fields of attachment research, stress neurobiology, and/or gene-environment interplay. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with a number of longitudinal research projects that address whether, why, and for whom early caregiving experiences exert an enduring influence on later development. I strongly encourage interested students to contact me to learn about specific research and training opportunities.
Our undergraduate research assistants are a very important element to our research. Currently, there are several opportunities for undergraduate students to assist with current research projects in the lab. If you are interested in joining our team, please go to http://earlyexperiences.psych.utah.edu. On the 'Students' tab, you will find a newsletter outlining the lab’s current activities, information on being a research assistant, and an application to apply as a Research Assistant.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014
Raby, K. L. & Dozier, M. (2018). Attachment across the lifespan: Insights from adoptive families. Current Opinion in Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.03.011
Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Fraley, R. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2018). The legacy of early abuse and neglect for social and academic competence from childhood to adulthood. Child Development. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13033
Raby, K. L., Freedman, E., Yarger, H. A., Lind, T., & Dozier, M. (2018). Enhancing the language development of toddlers in foster care by promoting foster parents’ sensitivity: Results from a randomized control trial. Developmental Science. Advance online publication. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12753
Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I, Simpson, J. A., Collins, W. A., & Steele, R. D. (2015). Greater maternal insensitivity in childhood predicts greater electrodermal reactivity during conflict discussions with romantic partners in adulthood. Psychological Science, 26, 348-353. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563340