Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • My program of research broadly focuses on the behavioral and biological exploration of child-parent relationship processes during early childhood (0-7 years). I am especially interested in understanding the role that the quality of early caregiving experiences play in predicting the development of young children’s attachment relationships. As such, I seek to identify contextual factors (e.g., work-family interface, marital conflict, culture) that may influence quality of parental care both directly and indirectly through altered parental well-being. The goal of my research is to identify factors that lead to positive developmental outcomes for both parents and children while simultaneously identifying potential risk factors related to negative developmental trajectories.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Preschoolers' secure base script representations predict teachers' ratings of social competence in two independent samples.Attachment and Human Development.  21:238-252. 2019
    2019 Marital conflict sensitizes mothers to infant irritability: A randomized controlled experimentInfant and Child Development.  e2127-e2127. 2019
    2018 III. THE ORGANIZATION OF ATTACHMENT BEHAVIOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD: LINKS WITH MATERNAL SENSITIVITY AND CHILD ATTACHMENT REPRESENTATIONS.Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.  83:35-59. 2018
    2018 V. MATERNAL SENSITIVITY AND CO-CONSTRUCTION SKILLS: CONCURRENT AND LONGITUDINAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH PRESCHOOLERS' SECURE BASE BEHAVIOR.Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.  83:74-90. 2018
    2018 Ecologically salient stressors and supports and the coordination of cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase in mothers and infants.Physiology and Behavior.  195:48-57. 2018
    2018 The impact of marital withdrawal and secure base script knowledge on mothers' and fathers' parenting.Journal of Family Psychology.  32:699-709. 2018
    2016 Maternal Sensitivity and Child Secure Base Use in Early Childhood: Studies in Different Cultural Contexts.Child Development.  87:297-311. 2016
    2014 Work/non-workday differences in mother, child, and mother-child morning cortisol in a sample of working mothers and their children.Early Human Development.  90:1-7. 2014
    2013 Is the secure base phenomenon evident here, there, and anywhere? A cross-cultural study of child behavior and experts' definitions.Child Development.  84:1896-1905. 2013
    2013 Electronic communications technologies and the transition to college: Links to parent-child attachment and adjustment.Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.  25. 2013
    2012 Parenting stressors and morning cortisol in a sample of working mothers.Journal of Family Psychology.  26:738-746. 2012

    Teaching Activities

  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2019
  • Human Development Taught course 2019
  • Human Development Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Rsrch Exp/Family Studies Taught course 2019
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2018
  • Human Development Taught course 2018
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2017
  • Families, Schools, & Community Taught course 2017
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2017
  • Human Development Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2017
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2016
  • Families, Schools, & Community Taught course 2016
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2016
  • Intl Persp Children & Families Taught course 2016
  • Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd Taught course 2015
  • Families, Schools, & Community Taught course 2015
  • Graduate Internship Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Developmental&Child Psychology, Central Michigan University
  • M.A. Human Development&Family Study, Central Michigan University
  • Ph.D. Human Development&Family Study, Purdue University
  • Full Name

  • Jill Sherman