Human Development and Family Studies

Esther M. Leerkes, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research, School of Health and Human Sciences
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
School of Health and Human Sciences
134 Stone Building
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Fax: (336) 334-5076

Dr. Esther Leerkes

My primary research focus centers around parent-child relations in infancy and early childhood.
Within this area, I have pursued three primary themes:

  1. identifying contextual, biological and psychological factors that contribute to sensitive maternal behavior, particularly in response to negative child emotions;
  2. examining links between maternal sensitivity and subsequent child outcomes such as emotion regulation, attachment security, behavior problems, and adjustment to school
  3. examining the impact of parenting a child with unique temperamental characteristics on adult development, well-being, and relationships during the transition to parenthood.

To learn more about me, please visit my Curriculum Vita (pdf) or send me an email.

My Current Students:

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Lauren Bailes, M.S. Pamela Norcross
Lauren Bailes, M.S.
Ph.D. Student
Pamela Norcross, M.S.
M.S./Ph.D. Combined Student
Currently working on her Ph.D.