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SUSAN CROCKENBERG

Professor
Psychology
Arts & Sciences
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Email Address:Susan.Crockenberg@uvm.edu
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802) 656-1107; leeann.cox@uvm.edu
Specialty:Developmental psychology, with an emphasis on emotional development in infancy (1-3 years) and sensitive parenting during that period.
Biography:Dr. Crockenberg's research focuses broadly on: infant temperament (reactivity and regulation), parental behavior, and social context (e.g., childcare) as influences on infants' and young children's emotion regulation, attachment, social competence, and behavioral problems; and on depression, marital conflict, and childhood acceptace/rejection as influences on parenting behavior and sensitivity. Her specific research includes investigations of the specific behaviors infants use to regulate distress, the role caregivers play in fostering those behaviors, and their contribution to the development of later anxiety and aggression. Recent studies include: Crockenberg, S. & Leerkes, E. (2004). Infant and maternal behaviors regulate infant reactivity to novelty at six months. Developmental Psychology, 40, 1123-32. Crockenberg, S. C. & Leerkes, E. M. (2005). Infant temperament moderates between childcare type and quantity and externalizing and internalizing behaviors at 2 years. Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 20-35. Crockenberg, S. C. & Leerkes, E. M. (2006). Infant temperament (reactivity to novelty) and maternal behavior at 6 months interact to predict later anxious behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 18, 1-18.