My research focuses on longstanding questions regarding the significance of early parent-child relationship experiences for children’s behavioral and biological development. Through my research, I hope to better understand how various early caregiving experiences influence individuals’ stress physiology, representations related to attachment, cognitive skills, and self-regulation strategies. Currently, I am investigating these issues among families with adopted children. The two-fold goal of this work is to deepen our understanding of the interplay of children’s genetically based characteristics and environmental experiences 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 to work with me beginning Fall 2019. Interested students are encouraged to contact me to learn about specific research and training opportunities.
There are several opportunities for undergraduate students to assist with research projects related to the development of children who have experienced early adversity. If interested, please go to http://earlyexperiences.psych.utah.edu/ to learn more about the lab. 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 RA.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014
Raby, K. L. & Dozier, M. (2018). Attachment across the lifespan: Insights from adoptive families. Current Opinion in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.03.011
Raby, K. L., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Carlson, E. A., & Roisman, G. I. (2017). Childhood abuse and neglect and insecure attachment states of mind in adulthood: Prospective, longitudinal evidence from a high-risk sample. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 347-363. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579417000037
Raby, K. L., Yarger, H. A., Lind, T., Fraley, R. C., Leerkes, E., & Dozier, M. (2017). Attachment states of mind among internationally adoptive and foster parents. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 365-378. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579417000049
Raby, K. L., Lawler, J. M., Shlafer, R. J., Hesemeyer, P. S., Collins, W. A., & Sroufe, L. A. (2015). The interpersonal antecedents of supportive parenting: A prospective, longitudinal study from infancy to adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 51, 115-123. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038336
Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I, Simpson, J. A., Collins, W. A., & Steele, R. D. (2015). Maternal insensitivity in childhood predicts greater electrodermal reactivity during conflict discussions with adult romantic partners. Psychological Science, 26, 348-353. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563340
Raby, K. L., Roisman, G. I, Fraley, R. C., & Simpson, J. A. (2015). The enduring predictive significance of early maternal sensitivity: Social and academic competence through age 32 years. Child Development, 86, 695-708. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12325