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
Fax: (336) 334-5076
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.