Human Development and Family Studies

Marion O'Brien, Ph.D.

Selected Recent Publications


Nelson, J., & O’Brien, M. (in press). Does an unplanned pregnancy have long-term implications for mother-child relationships? Family Issues

O’Brien, M., Weaver, J.M., Nelson, J.A., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (in press). Longitudinal associations between children’s understanding of emotions and theory of mind. Cognition & Emotion

Leerkes, E.M., Blankson, A.N., O’Brien, M ., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (in press). The relation of maternal emotional and cognitive support to pre-academic skills in preschoolers. Infant and Child Development

Blankson, A.N., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E.M., Marcovitch, S., & Calkins, S.D.  (in press). Shyness and vocabulary: The role of executive functioning and home environmental stimulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly

Marcovitch, S., Leigh, J., Calkins, S.D., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E.M., & Blankson, A.N. (2010). Moderate vagal withdrawal in 3.5-year-old children associated with optimal performance on executive function tasks. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 603-608.

Blandon, A.Y., Calkins, S.D., Grimm, K.J., Keane, S.P., & O’Brien, M. (2010). Testing a developmental cascade model of emotional and social competence and early peer acceptance. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 737-748.

Blandon, A.Y., Calkins, S.D., Keane, S.P., & O’Brien, M. (2010). Contributions of child’s physiology and maternal behavior to children’s trajectories of temperamental reactivity. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1089-1102.

Mokrova, I., O’Brien, M., Calkins. S.D., & Keane, S.P. (2010). Parental ADHD symptomology and ineffective parenting: The connecting link of home chaos. Parenting: Science and Practice, 10, 119-135.

Gillum, N., & O’Brien, M. (2010). Adoption satisfaction of Black adopted children. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 1656-1663.

Nelson, J., O’Brien, M., Blankson, A.N., Calkins, S.D., & Keane, S.P.  (2009). Family stress and parental responses to children’s negative emotions: Tests of the spillover, crossover, and compensatory hypotheses. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 671-679.

Leerkes, E.M., Blankson, A.N., & O’Brien, M. (2009). Differential effects of maternal sensitivity to infant distress and non-distress on social-emotional functioning. Child Development, 80, 762-775.

Hinnant, J.B., O’Brien, M., & Ghazarian, S.  (2009). The longitudinal relations of teacher expectations to achievement in the early school years.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 662-670.


O’Brien, M., & Daggett, J. (2006).  Beyond the autism diagnosis:  A professional’s guide to helping families.  Baltimore, MD:  Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.

Knoll, M., & O’Brien, M. (2001).  Quick Quality Check for Infant and Toddler Programs.  St. Paul, MN:  Redleaf Press.

O’Brien, M. (1997).  Inclusive child care for infants and toddlers: Meeting individual and special needs. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.


Bradley, R.H., Houts, R., Nader, P.R., O’Brien, M., Belsky, J., & Crosnoe, R. (2008).  Adiposity and internalizing problems: Infancy to middle childhood.  In H. D. Davies & H. E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Obesity in childhood and adolescence, Vol. 2, Understanding development and prevention (pp. 73-91).  Westport, CT:  Praeger Press.

Payne, C.C., & O’Brien, M. (2006).  Literacy in early child care environments.  In S. Rosenkoetter & J. Knapp-Philo (Eds.), Learning to read the world:  Language and literacy in the first three years.  Washington, D.C.:  Zero to Three Press.