UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Julia Smith

Dr. Julia Smith (Psychology) received funding from the DHHS Office of Head Start for the project “Student-Teacher Relationship, Cortisol Reactivity, and Behavioral Outcomes of Children Attending Head Start.” “First, this study will examine poverty related risk factors experienced by children attending Head Start and their families and how this risk impacts their cortisol reactivity in a stress paradigm,” the abstract notes. “Second, this study will examine the relation between cortisol reactivity and behavior problems. Third, this study will examine if cortisol reactivity profiles impact children’s social competence. Lastly, this study will investigate the role of student-teacher relationships as a moderator of the relations between cortisol reactivity, behavior problems, and social competence in the classroom. This information will be used to help Head Start teachers provide support to their children experiencing stress. Additionally, these findings will further our understanding of the biological underpinnings of behavior problems and social competence in a population that is at risk for alternations in cortisol reactivity because of the risk factors related to growing up in poverty.”