My research focuses on longstanding questions regarding the significance of early parent-child relationship experiences. Specifically, I am interested in understanding (a) the degree to which various early caregiving experiences predict individuals’ social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning during childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood as well as (b) the representational and physiological processes that may account for these enduring effects. 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 these at-risk children.
Opportunities For Students
I currently am accepting graduate student applications for Fall 2017. Please contact me to learn about specific research and training opportunities.
I also have opportunities for undergraduate students to assist with various research projects related to the development of children who have experienced early adversity. Contact me directly for more information.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014
Raby, K. L., Yarger, H. A., Lind, T., Fraley, R. C., Leerkes, E., & Dozier, M. (in press). Attachment states of mind among internationally adoptive and foster parents. Development and Psychopathology.
Lind, T., Raby, K. L., Carron, EB, Roben, C. K. P., & Dozier, M. (in press). Enhancing executive functioning among toddlers in foster care with an attachment-based intervention. Development and Psychopathology.
Raby, K. L., Labella, M. H., Martin, J., Carlson, E. A., & Roisman, G. I. (in press). Childhood abuse and neglect and insecure attachment states of mind in adulthood: Prospective, longitudinal evidence from a high-risk sample. Development and Psychopathology.
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
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., 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., Steele, R. D., Carlson, E. A., & Sroufe, L. A. (2015). Continuities and changes in infant attachment patterns across two generations. Attachment and Human Development, 17, 414-428. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2015.1067824