The Biopsychosocial Development & Diversity Laboratory

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Below are publications associated with the Biopsychosocial Development and Diversity Laboratory.  You can search for specific topics.

FLP = Family Life Project;
DCHDS = Durham Child Health and Development Study;
NICHD SECCYD = NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
Hill-Soderlund, A. L., Holochwost, S. J., Willoughby, M. T., Granger, D. A., Gariepy, J.-L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Cox, M. J. (in press). Developmental course of salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol from 12 to 36 months: Relations with early poverty and later behavior problems. Psychoneuroendocrinology.DCHDScortisol, alpha-amylase, conduct problems
Holochwost, S. J., Gariepy, J.-L., Propper, C. B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Calkins, S., Moore, G., & Wang, F. (in press). Emerging infant-mother attachment relations and the cardiac response to the still-face paradigm at six months. Developmental Psychobiology.DCHDSAttachment, RSA, vagal, infancy,
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., & Zvara, B. (in press). Genetic influences on early maternal caregiving. In S. Calkins (ed.) Handbook of Infant Development: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. New York: Guildford Press.Genetics, parenting
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Willoughby, M. T., Zvara, B., Barnett, M., Gustafsson, H., Cox, M. J., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (in press). Direct and indirect effects of mothers’ and fathers’ positive engagement on children’s early cognitive development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.FLPMothers, fathers, sensitivity, cognitive development, IQ, bi-directional, transactional
Sulik, M. Blair, C., Greenberg, M., Willoughby, M. T., Mills-Koonce, W. R. & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (in prep). Transactional model of early parenting, executive functioning, and externalizing behaviors in early and middle childhood. Child Development.FLPexecutive functioning, externalizing, parenting
Sullivan, E., Holton, K., Nousen, E., Barling, A., Sullivan, C., Propper, C., & Nigg, J. (in press). Early identification of ADHD risk via infant temperament and emotion regulation: A pilot study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatrytemperament, self-regulation, ADHD
Towe-Goodman, N., Willoughby, M., Blair, C., Gustafsson, H., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Cox, M., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators. (in press). Fathers' parenting and the development of early executive functioning. Journal of Family Psychology.FLPfathers, sensitivity, executive functioning
Wagner, N., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Willoughby, M. T., Zvara, B., Cox, M. J., & the Family Life Project Key -Investigators (in press). Parenting and children’s representations of family predictor disruptive behaviors and callous-unemotional traits. Developmental Psychology.FLPparenting, attachment, conduct problems, callous unemotional
Wang, F., Cox, M. J., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Patricia Snyder (in press). Parental behaviors and beliefs, child temperament, and attachment disorganization. Family Relations.DCHDSmaternal sensitivity, parental belief, temperament, attachment
Willoughby, M. T., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gottfredson, N. C., Waschbusch, D., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (in press). An Examination of Parent Report Version of the Inventory of Callous Unemotional Traits in a Community Sample of 1st Grade Children. Assessment.FLPCallous unemotional traits, measurement, middle childhood, maternal report
Zvara, B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Garrett-Peters, P., Wagner, N., Vernon-Feagans, L., Cox, M. J. & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (in press). The mediating role of parenting in the associations between household chaos and children’s representations of family dysfunction. Attachment and Human Development. FLPhousehold chaos, poverty, parenting, disorganization, family drawing, representation, family dysfunction
Zvara, B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Carmody, K., Cox, M. J. & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (in press). Childhood sexual trauma and subsequent parenting beliefs and behaviors. Child Abuse and Neglect. FLPChildhood sexual trauma, parenting
Zvara, B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Clincy, A., Cox, M. J. & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (in press). Adult-adult relationship quality and early parenting in African American and European American families living in poor, rural communities. Infant and Child Development.FLPadult relationships, parenting, African American
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Wagner, N. Willoughby, M. T., Stifter, C., Blair, C., Granger, D. A., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (2015). Greater fear reactivity and psychophysiological hyperactivity among infants with later conduct problems and callous unemotional traits. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(2), 147-154. FLPconduct problems, callous unemotional behaviors, cortisol, RSA, heart period, autonomic, HPA
Berry, D., Blair, C., Ursache, A., Willoughby, M., Granger, D. A., Cox, M., Garrett-Peters, P., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Vernon-Feagans, L., Bratsch, M., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (2014). Child care and resting cortisol across early childhood: Context matters. Developmental Psychology, 50(2), 514-525.FLPCortisol, child care
Lyons-Ruth, K., Zeanah, C. H., Benoit, D., Madigan, S., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2014). Disorder and risk for disorder during infancy and toddlerhood. In E. Mash & R. Barkely (Eds.) Child Psychopathology: Thrid edition, pp 673-736, New York: Guildford Press.
Willoughby, M. T, Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gottfredson, N. C., & Wagner, N. (2014). Measuring attention-deficit/hyperactive-impulsive, conduct, and callous unemotional behaviors in early childhood: Factor structure, predictive validity, and the moderating role of attachment disorganization. Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36(1), 30-42.NICHD SECCYDattachment, toddlerhood, aggression, middle childhood
Blair, C., Berry, D., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Granger, D. (2013). Cumulative effects of early poverty on cortisol in young children: Moderation by autonomic nervous system activity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(11), 2666-2675. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.06.025FLPPoverty, cortisol, HPA, autonomic, alpha-amylase
Clincy, A., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (2013). Trajectories of intrusive parenting during toddlerhood and school adjustment for low-income African American boys. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,83(2), 194-206.FLPIntrusiveness, parenting, African American
Newland, R. P., Crnic, K. A., Cox, M. J, & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2013). The family stress model and maternal psychological symptoms: Mediated pathways from economic hardship to parenting across the infancy to preschool period. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(1), 96-105.FLPFamily stress, poverty, parenting, depression
Propper, C.B. & Holochwost, S. (in press). The influence of proximal risk on the early
development of the autonomic nervous system. Developmental Review.
Poverty, ANS, RSA, vagal
Calkins, S. D., Propper, C.B., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2013). A biopsychosocial perspective on parenting and psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4, pt 2), 1399-1414.biopsychosocial, develop, ment, psychopathology,
Hoffman, E. R., Hodges, E. A., Propper, C., Zipkin, E. C., Bentley, M. E., Ward, D. S., ... & Bulik, C. M. (2013). Behavioral and Psychophysiological Responsiveness During Child Feeding in Mothers with Histories of Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 1-14.Parenting, infant feeding, disorder
Moore, G. A., Powers, C. J., Bass, A. J., Cohn, J. F., Propper, C. B., Allen, N. B., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2013). Dyadic interaction: Greater than the sum of its parts?. Infancy, 18(4), 490-515.
Wang, F., Christ, S., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Garrett-Peters, P., & Cox, M. J. (2013). Association between Maternal Sensitivity and Externalizing Behavior from Preschool to Preadolescence. Applied Developmental Psychology, 34(2). 89-100.NICHD SECCYDParenting, externalizing behaviors
Willoughby, M. T., Mills-Koonce, R., Propper, C. B., & Waschbusch, D. A. (2013). Observed parenting behaviors interact with a polymorphism of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene to predict the emergence of oppositional defiant and callous-unemotional behaviors at age 3 years. Development And Psychopathology, 25(4), 903-917.DCHDSConduct problems, Callous unemotional traits, parenting, infancy, toddlerhood, genetics, BDNF
Barnett, M.A., Gustaffson, H.C., Deng, M., Mills-Koonce, W.R., & Cox, M. (2012). Bidirectional associations among language development, social competence and parenting. Infant and Child Development, 21, 374-393.DCHDS
Barnett, M., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gustafsson, H., Cox, M. J., & the Family Life Key Investigators (2012). Mother-grandmother conflict, negative parenting and young children’s social development in multigenerational families. Family Relations, 61(5), 843-877.FLP
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., & Barnett, M. (2012). Poor infant soothability and later insecure-ambivalent attachment: Developmental change in phenotypic markers of risk or two measures of the same construct? Infant Behavior & Development, 35(2), 215-225.DCHDS
Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Towe-Goodman, N. (2012). Poverty and HPA functioning in young children. In V. Maholmes & R. B. King (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press.
Propper, C.B. (2012). The early development of vagal tone: Effects of poverty and elevated contextual risk. Understanding Children and Poverty: The Science and Ecology of Early Development. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Propper, C. B., Shanahan, M. J., Russo, R., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2012) Evocative gene-parenting correlations and academic performance at first grade: An exploratory study. Development and Psychopathology, 24(4), 1265-1282.DCHDS
Stuebe, A., Grewen, K., Pedersen, C.A., Propper, C.B., & Meltzer-Brody, S. (2012). Failed Lactation and Perinatal Depression: Common Problems with Shared Neuroendocrine Mechanisms? Journal of Women’s Health, 21, 264-272.
Towe-Goodman, N R., Stifter, C.A., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Granger, D. A. (2012). Interparental aggression and infant patterns of adrenocortical and behavioral stress response. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 685-699.FLP
Vernon-Feagans, L., Garrett-Peters, P., Willoughby, W., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Cox, M. (2012). Chaos, poverty, and parenting: Predictors of early language development. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(3), 339-351.FLP
Blair, C., Granger, D. A., Willoughby, M., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Cox, M. J., Greenberg, M. T., Kivlighan, K., Fortunato, C. & the Family Life Project Investigators (2011). Salivary cortisol mediates effects of poverty and parenting on executive functions in early childhood. Child Development, 82(6), 1970-1984.FLP
Blair, C., Raver, C., Granger, D.A., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Hibel, L. (2011). Allostasis and allostatic load in the context of poverty in early childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 23(3), 845-857.FLP
Garrett-Peters, P., Mills-Koonce, W.R., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Cox, M.J. (2011). Fathers’ early emotion talk: Associations with income, ethnicity, and family factors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(2), 335-353.FLP
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Appleyard, K., Barnett, M., Deng, M. Putallaz, M., & Cox, M. (2011). Adult attachment style and stress as risk factors for early maternal sensitivity and negativity. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(3), 277-285.DCHDS
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Garrett-Peters, P., Barnett, M., Granger, D. A., Blair, C, Cox, M. J., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (2011). Father contributions to cortisol responses in infancy and toddlerhood. Developmental Psychology, 47(2), 388-395.FLP
Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Propper, C. B. (2011). Within-family genetic influences on maternal caregiving. In D. W. Davis & M. C. Logsdon (eds.). Maternal sensitivity: A scientific foundation for practice. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Willoughby, M.T., Waschbusch, D., Moore, G., & Propper, C.B. (2011). Using the ASEBA to Screen for Callous Unemotional Traits in Early Childhood: Factor Structure, Temporal Stability, and Utility. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 19-30.DCHDS
Cox, M. J., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., & Gariépy, J. L. (2010). Systems theories and cascades in developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 497-506.
Propper, C. B., Moore, G., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2010). Gene-parenting interplay in the development of infant emotionality. In K.E. Hood, C. T. Halpern, G. Greenberg, and R.M. Learner (eds.) The Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior and Genetics, pp 529-556, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., Barnett, M., Gariépy, J.-L., Moore, G., Calkins, S., Cox, M. (2009). Psychophysiological Correlates of Parenting Behavior in Mothers of Young Children. Developmental Psychobiology, 51, 650-661.DCHDS
Moore, G. A., Hill, A. L., Propper, C. B., Calkins, S. D., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Cox, M. J. (2009). Mother-infant vagal regulation in the face-to-face still-face paradigm is moderated by maternal sensitivity. Child Development, 82(1), 209-223.DCHDS
Pungello, E. P., Iruka, I. P., Dotterer, A. M., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Reznick, J. S. (2009). The effects of income, race, and parenting practices on language development in early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 45(2), 544-557.DCHDS
Barnett, M., Deng, M., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Willoughby, M., & Cox, M. J. (2008). Interdependence of parenting of mothers and fathers of infants. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(4), 561-573.DCHDS
Blair, C., Granger, D., Kivlighan, K., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Willoughby, M., Greenberg, M. T., Hibel, L., Fortunato, C., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2008). Maternal and Child Contributions to Cortisol Response to Emotional Arousal in Young Children from Low-Income, Rural Communities. Developmental Psychology, 44(4), 1095-1109.FLP
Garrett-Peters, P., Mills-Koonce, W.R., Vernon-Feagans, L., Willoughby, M.W., Cox, M.J., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators (2008). Early environmental correlates of maternal emotion talk. Parenting: Science and Practice, 8(2), 117-152.FLP
Hill-Soderlund, A. L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., Calkins, S. D., Granger, D., Moore, G., Gariepy, J.-L., & Cox, M. (2008). Parasympathetic and sympathetic response to the Strange Situation in infants and mothers from avoidant and securely attached dyads. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 361-376.DCHDS
Hutchinson, K.C., Moore, G.A., Propper, C.B, & Mariaskin, A.R. (2008). Incarcerated women’s psychological functioning during pregnancy. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 440-453.
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gariépy, J.-L., Sutton, K., Cox, M. (2008). Changes in maternal sensitivity across the first three years: Are mothers from different attachment dyads differentially influenced by depressive symptomatology? Attachment and Human Development, 10(3), 299-318.NICHD SECCYD
Propper, C., Moore, G.A., Mills-Koonce, W.R., Halpern, C.T., Hill-Soderlund, A.L., Calkins, S.D., Carbone, M., & Cox, M. (2008). Gene-environment contributions to the development of infant vagal reactivity: The interaction of dopamine and maternal sensitivity. Child Development, 79, 1378-1395.DCHDS
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gariépy, J.-L., Propper, C. B., Sutton, K., Calkins, S., Moore, G., & Cox, M. J. (2007). Infant and parent factors associated with early maternal sensitivity: A caregiver-attachment systems approach. Infant Behavior and Development, 30, 114-126.DCHDS
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C., Gariépy, J. L., Blair, C., Garrett-Peters, P., & Cox, M. J. (2007). Bi-Directional genetic and environmental influence on mother and child behavior: The family system as the unit of analyses. Development and Psychopathology, 19(4), 1073-87.DCHDS
Propper, C., Willoughby, M., Halpern, C.T., Cox, M. & Carbone, M.A. (2007). Parenting quality, DRD4, and the Prediction of Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors in Early Childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 619-632.DCHDS
Propper, C., & Moore, G.A. (2006). The influence of parenting on infant emotionality: A multi-level psychobiological perspective. Developmental Review, 26, 427-460.