Human Development and Family Studies

Esther M. Leerkes, Ph.D.

Selected Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

An asterisk (*) denotes a current or former graduate student advisee.

  • Leerkes, E.M., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., A.J., Heinrich, V.  & Smolen, A. (in press). Variation in mothers’ arginine vasopressin receptor 1a and dopamine receptor D4 predicts maternal sensitivity via social cognition. Genes, Brain & Behavior.
  • *Dunbar, A. S., Leerkes, E. M., Coard, S., Supple, A. J., & Calkins, S. D. (in press). An integrative conceptual model of parental racial and emotion socialization and links to child development among African American families. Child Development Perspectives.
  • Grzywacz, J., Leerkes, E.M., Reboussin, B.A.,  Suerken, C.,  Payne, C.C., & Daniel, S.S. (in press). Nonstandard maternal work schedules and infant mental health in impoverished families: A brief report. Infant Behavior & Development.
  • Leerkes, E.M.  & *Qu, J. & (in press).  The Maternal Responsiveness Questionnaire: A new self report of parenting during infancy. Infant and Child Development.
  • *Gedaly, L.R. & Leerkes, E.M. (in press).  The role of sociodemographic risk and maternal behavior in the prediction of infant attachment disorganization. Attachment & Human Development.
  • *Qu, J., Leerkes, E.M., & *King, E. (in press).  Mother-infant attachment predicts preschoolers’ emotion regulation behaviors two years later. Infant Behavior & Development.
  • Leerkes et al., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M. (in press).  Pathways by which mothers’ physiological arousal and regulation while caregiving predict sensitivity to infant distress. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Su, J., Calkins, S.D., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M. (in press).  Maternal physiological arousal and regulation while caregiving pose risk for subsequent infant attachment disorganization and behavior problems.   Development and Psychopathology.
  • Leerkes, E.M., Supple, A.J., *Su, J., & *Cavanaugh, A. (2015).  Links between childhood emotion socialization and adult well-being: Similarities and differences for African American and European American women.  Journal of Family Issues, 36, 1854-1877.
  • Lunkenheimer, E.H. & Leerkes, E.M. (2015). Innovative methods in the science of Parent-child relations.  Infant & Child Development, 24, 215-219.
  • *Dunbar, A. S., *Perry, N., *Cavanaugh, A. M., & Leerkes, E. M. (2015). African American parents' emotion socialization and adult emotion adaptation: The moderating effect of racial socialization. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 409-419.
  • Leerkes et al., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M.,  Calkins, S.D., *Haltigan, J.D., Wong, M., & Fortuna, K. (2015).  Antecedents of maternal sensitivity to infant distress: Integrating attachment, social information processing, and psychobiological perspectives.  Child Development, 86, 94-111.
  • *Perry, N., Nelson, J., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., O’Brien, M. & Marcovitch, S. (2014). Early physiological  regulation predicts the trajectory of externalizing behavior problems across the preschool period. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1482-1491.
  • *Parade, S. H., Blankson, A., Leerkes, E. M., Crockenberg, S. C., & Faldowski, R. (2014). Close relationships predict curvilinear trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms over the transition to parenthood. Family Relations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 63(2), 206-218. doi:10.1111/fare.12065

Invited Chapters

An asterisk (*) denotes a current or former graduate student advisee.

  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Qu, J. (in press).  Families with infants and young children.  In B. Fiese and K. Deater-Deckard (Eds), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology, Vol 1: Foundation, Methods, and Changing Forms Across the Lifespan. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Leerkes, E.M., *Gedaly, L. & *Su, J. (2016).  Parental sensitivity and infant attachment.  In L. Balter & C.S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds).  Child Psychology: A Handbook of Contemporary Issues, 3rd edition.  (pp. 21-41).New York: Psychology Press.
  • Leerkes, E.M. & *Parade, S.H. (2015).  A psychobiological perspective on emotional development within the family context. In S.D. Calkins (Ed). Handbook of infant development: Biopsychosocial perspectives (pp. 206-231).New York: Guilford.