UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Esther Leerkes

021313CampusPeople_LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development & Family Studies) received new funding from The National Institutes of Health for the project “Identifying Genetic Risk for Maternal Insensitivity and Infant Dysregulation.” The abstract states in part, “Specifically, we will examine the extent to which genes moderate the effect of: (a) early trauma on mothers’ physiological, emotional and behavioral responses to infant distress; and (b) maternal sensitivity to distress on infants’ early regulatory capacity at the emotional, behavioral and physiological levels. This work is relevant to the mental health of children because maternal sensitivity to distress is a predictor of positive child outcomes, but we know little about the biological or psychological processes that promote sensitive behavior in response to infant crying.”