Human Development and Family Studies

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Esther M. Leerkes, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
 Phone: (336) 256-0094
Fax: (336) 334-5076

Email: emleerke@uncg.edu

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 factors that contribute to sensitive maternal behavior, particularly in response to negative child emotions;

2) examining links between maternal sensitivity and subsequent child outcomes;

3) examining the impact of parenting a child with unique temperamental characteristics on adult development, well-being, and relationships during the transition to parenthood. 

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