Department of Psychology and Brain Science

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Professor
Mary Dozier

Amy E DuPont Chair of Child Development

Director of Research, Early Learning Center

Ph.D., Duke University

mdozier@psych.udel.edu

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215 Wolf Hall
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(302) 831-2286
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406 Wolf Hall
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Mary Dozier

Intervening with young biological, foster and adopted children; attachment; neuroendocrine regulation

 

In our lab, we study the adjustment of infants and young children who have experienced early adversity and disruptions in their relationships with caregivers.  Over the past 10 years, we have developed a training program that targets the needs of these young children. We are assessing the efficacy of this intervention in a randomized clinical trial.  We are studying a range of outcomes, including the attachments that children form with their caregivers and children's ability to regulate physiology, behavior, and emotions.

 

Grant Funding

National Institute of Mental Health R01 MH74374 award, "Specialized mental health services for birth parents." Period of support: January 1, 2006-December 31, 2011. Total amount: $3,379,668.  (Dozier: Principal investigator).

 

National Institute of Mental Health R01 MH084135 award, "Services for Children Adopted Internationally." Period of requested support: 2008:2013. Total amount: $3,742,000. (Dozier: Principal investigator).

 

National Institute of Mental Health R01 MH052135 award, "Specialized mental health services for toddlers in foster care." Period of support: January 1, 2006-December 31, 2011. Total amount: $3,066,957. (Dozier: Primary investigator).

 

Recent Publications

Green, B., Kaltman, B. L., Chung, J. Y., Glennie, M., Jackson, S., & Dozier, M. (In press). Attachment and health care experiences among low-income women with trauma histories: A qualitative study. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

Bick, J., Dozier, M., & Perkins, E., (In press). Convergence between attachment classifications and natural reunion behavior in a child care setting. Attachment and Human Development. 

Mueller, S. C., Hardin, M. G., Korelitz, K., Daniele, T., Bemis, J., Dozier, M., Peloso, E., Maheu, F., Pine, D. S., & Ernst, E. (In press). Incentive effect on inhibitory control in adolescents with early-life stress: An antisaccade study. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dozier, M, Velez, C., Wallin, A., & Ball, S. (In press). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up: Intervening early to enhance behavioral and biological regulation. Journal of School Health.

Zeanah, C. H., Dozier, M., & Shauffer, C. (In press). Foster care of young children: Why it must be developmentally informed. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dozier, M., Zeanah, C. H., Wallin, A. R., & Shauffer, C. (In press). Institutional care for young children: Review of literature and policy implications. Social Issues and Policy Review.

Bernard, K., Dozier, M., Bick, J., & Carlson, E. (In press). Enhancing attachment organization among maltreated infants: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Child Development.

Bick, J., Dozier, M., & Perkins, E., (In press). Convergence between attachment classifications and natural reunion behavior in a child care setting. Attachment and Human Development.

Bernard, K., Butzin-Dozier, Z., Rittenhouse, J., & Dozier, M. (2010)Cortisol production patterns in young children living with birth parents vs children placed in foster care following involvement of Child Protectice Services. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 164, 438-443.

Sumner, M. M., Bernard, K., & Dozier, M. (2010). Young children's full-day patterns of cortisol production on childcare days. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164, 567-571.

Bick, J., Dozier, M. (2010). Mothers' and children's concentrations of oxytocin and vasopressin following physical interaction. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 100-107.

Bernard, K., Dozier, M. (2010). Examining infants' cortisol responses to laboratory tasks among children varying in attachment disorganization: Stress reactivity or return to baseline? Developmental Psychology, 46, 1771-1778.

Bernard, K., & Dozier, M. (2011). This is My Baby: Foster parents' feelings of commitment and displays of delight. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32, 251-262.

Dozier, M., Bernard, K.,& Bick, J. (In press).  Attachment-based intervention for substance using mothers of infants. In N. E. Suchman, M. Pajulo, & L. C. Mayes (Eds), Parenting and substance addiction: Developmental approaches to intervention. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dozier, M., Bick, J., & Bernard, K. (2011). Attachment-based treatment for young, vulnerable children. In J. Osofsky (Ed.), Young children and trauma: Intervention and treatment. New York: Guilford.

Lewis, E., Dozier, M., Knights, M., & Maier, M. (2008). Intervening with foster infants' foster parents: Attachment and biobehavioral catch-up. In R. E. Lee & J. Whiting (Eds.), Handbook of relational therapy for foster children and their families. Washington DC: Child Welfare League of America. 269-292.

Bick, J., Bernard, K., & Dozier, M. (In press). Designing early interventions for high risk mother-child dyads: Behavioral and neurohormonal mechanisms. In A. Torres, L. C. Mayes, & D. Reiss (Eds.), The comorbidity of psychiatric and addictive disorders: A family perspective. Washington: APA.

Naumova, O. Y., Lee, M., Koposov, R., Szyf, M., Dozier, M., & Grigorenko, E. (2011). Differential patterns of whole-genome DNA methylation in institutionalized children and children raised by their biological parents. Development and Psychopathology.

Lindhiem, O., Bernard, K., Dozier, M. (2011). Maternal Sensitivity: Within-person variability and the utility of multiple assessments. Child Maltreatment, 16, 41-50. 

Mueller, S. C., Maheu, F. S., Dozier, M., Peloso, E., Mandell, D., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D. S., & Ernst, M. (2010). Early life stress impairs cognitive control in adolescence: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3037-3044.

Maheu, F., Dozier, M., Guyer, A., Mandell, D., Peloso, E., Poeth, K., Jenness, J., Lau, J., Ackerman, J., Pine, D., & Ernst (2010). A preliminary study of medial temporal lobe function in youths with a history of caregiver depreivation and emotional neglect.  Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 34-49.

Oosterman, M., de Schipper, C., Fisher, P., Dozier, M., & Schuengel, C. (2010). Autonomic reactivity in relation to attachment and early adversity among foster children. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 109-118.

Dozier, M., Lindehiem, O., Lewis, E., Bick, J., Bernard, K., & Peloso E. (2009). Effects of a foster parent training program on young children’s attachment behaviors: Preliminary evidence from a randomized clinical trial. Child Adolescent Social Work, 26, 321-332.

Grasso, D., Moser, J., Dozier, M., & Simons, R. (2009). ERP correlates of attention allocation in mothers' processing faces of their children.  Biological Psychology, 81, 95-102. 

Higley, E., & Dozier, M. (2009). Nighttime maternal responsiveness and infant attachment on year. Attachment and Human Development, 11, 347-363. 

Dozier, M., & Bick, J. (2007). Coping with early adversity: Young children’s behavioral and biological adaptations to changing caregivers. Pediatric Annals, 36, 205-208.

Fisher, P., Gunnar, M. R., Dozier, M. , Bruce, J., & Pears, K. (2006).  Effects of therapeutic interventions for foster children on behavior problems, caregiver attachment, and stress regulatory neural systems.   Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1094, 215-225.

Dozier, M. , & Lindhiem, O. (2006). This is my baby: Differences among foster parents’ commitment to their young children. Child Maltreatment, 11, 338-345.  

Dozier, M., Peloso, E., Lewis, E., Laurenceau, J., & Levin, S (2008). Effects of an attachment-based intervention on the cortisol production of infants and toddlers in foster care. Development and Psychopathology, 20, 845-859.

Dozier, M. , & Rutter, M. (2008).  Attachment issues in foster care and adoption.  In J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment theory and research.  New York: Guilford.

Dozier, M. , Peloso, E.,  Lindhiem, O., Gordon, M. K., Manni, M., Sepulveda, S., Ackerman, J., Bernier, A. & Levine, S. (In press). Preliminary evidence from a randomized clinical trial: Intervention effects on foster children’s behavioral and biological regulation.  Journal of Social Issues.

Dozier, M., & Bick, J. (2007).  Coping with early adversity: Young children's behavioral and biological adaptations to changing caregivers. Pediatric Annals, 36, 205-208.

Dozier, M., & Bick, J. (2007).  Changing Caregivers: Coping with early adversity. Pediatric Annals, 37, 411-415. (reprinted from Pediatric Annals.)

Lewis, E., Dozier, M., Ackerman, J., & Sepulveda-Kozakowski, S. (2007). The effect of caregiving instability on adopted children’s inhibitory control abilities and oppositional behavior. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1415-1427.

Lindhiem, O., & Dozier, M. (2007).  Caregiver commitment to foster children:  The role of child behavior.  Child Abuse and Neglect, 31, 361-374.

Dozier, M., Peloso, E.,  Lindhiem, O., Gordon, M. K., Manni, M., Sepulveda, S., Ackerman, J., Bernier, A. & Levine, S. (2006). Preliminary evidence from a randomized clinical trial: Intervention effects on foster children’s behavioral and biological regulation.  Journal of Social Issues, 62, 767 -785.

Dozier, M. , Manni, M., Gordon, M. K., Peloso, E., Gunnar, M. R., Stovall-McClough, K., Eldreth, D., & Levine, S. (2006). Foster children’s diurnal production of cortisol: An exploratory study. Child Maltreatment, 11, 189-197.

Dozier, M. (2005). Challenges of foster care. Attachment and Human Development, 7, 27-30

Gordon, M. K., Peloso, E., Auker, A., & Dozier, M . (2005). The effect of flavored beverage crystals on salivary cortisol enzyme-immunoreactive assay measurements.  Developmental Psychobiology, 47, 189-195.

Dozier, M. , Manni, M., & Lindhiem, O. (2005). Lessons from the longitudinal studies of attachment.   In K. Grossmann & K. Grossmann (Eds.).  The longitudinal studies of attachment.  New York: Guilford.

Ackerman, J.P., & Dozier M. (2005). The influence of foster parent investment on children’s representations of self and attachment figures. Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 507-520.

Dozier, M ., Lindhiem, O., & Ackerman, J. (2005). Attachment and biobehavioral catch-up. In L. Berlin, Y. Ziv, L. Amaya-Jackson, & M. T.  Greenberg (Eds.), Enhancing Early Attachments. New York: Guilford.

Ackerman, J. P., & Dozier, M. (2005). The influence of foster parent investment on children’s representations of self and attachment figures.  Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 507-520.

Stovall–McClough, K.C., & Dozier M. (2004). Forming attachments in foster care: Infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement. Development and Psychopathology, 16, 253-271.

Dozier, M., & Sepulveda, S. (2004). Foster mother state of mind and treatment use: Different challenges for different people. Infant Mental Health Journal, 25, 368-378.

Dozier M. (2004). The impact of attachment-based interventions on the quality of attachment in infants and young children. In: R.E. Tremblay, R.G. Barr, & R. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia on early childhood development. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

Dozier, M., & Sepulveda, S. (2004). Bridging the gap: The role of mothers’ state of mind. Infant Mental Health Journal, 25, 368-378.

Dozier, M., & Bates, B. (2004). Attachment state of mind and the treatment relationship. In L. Attkinson (Ed.), Attachment: Risk, psychopathology, and intervention. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Stovall-McClough, K. C., & Dozier, M . (2004). Forming attachments in foster care: Infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement. Development and Psychopathology, 16, 253-271.

Bernier, A., & Dozier, M. (2003). Bridging the attachment transmission gap: The role of maternal mind-mindedness. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 27, 355-365.

Dozier, M. (2003).  Attachment-based treatment for vulnerable children. Attachment and Human Development, 5, 253-257.

Dozier, M., Dozier, D., & Manni, M. (2002). Attachment and biobehavioral catch-up: The abc's of helping infants in foster care cope with early adversity. Zero to Three, 22, 9-13.

Bernier, A., & Dozier M. (2002). The client-counselor match and the corrective emotional experience: Evidence from interpersonal and attachment research. Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training, 39, 32-43.

Bates, B., & Dozier, M. (2002). The importance of maternal state of mind regarding attachment and infant age at placement to foster mothers’ representations of their foster infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 23, 417-431.

Dozier, M., Higley, E., Albus, K.E., & Nutter, A. (2002). Intervenir aupres de parents d’accueil: Trois spheres essentielles. (French translation of: Intervening with foster infants’ caregivers: Targeting three critical needs). Prisme.

Dozier, M., Dozier, D. & Manni, M. (2002). Recognizing the special needs of infants’ and toddlers’ foster parents: Development of a relational intervention. Zero to Three Bulletin, 22, 7-13.

Dozier, M. (2000). Motivation for caregiving from an ethological perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 11, 97-100.

Dozier, M., Lomax, L., Tyrell, C., & Lee, S. (2001). The challenge treatment for clients with dismissisng states of mind. Attachment and Human Development, 3, 62-76.

Dozier, M. (2000). Motivation for caregiving from an ethological perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 11, 97-100.

Tyrrell, C., & Dozier, M. (1999). Foster parents' understanding of children's problematic attachment strategies: The need for therapeutic responsiveness. Adoption Quarterly, 2, 49-64.

Albus, K., & Dozier M. (1999). Indiscriminate frendliness and terror of strangers in infancy: Contributions from the study of infants in foster care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 20, 30-41.

Tyrrell, C., & Dozier, M. (1999). Foster parents’ understanding of children’s problematic attachment strategies: The need for therapeutic responsiveness. Adoption Quarterly, 2, 49-64.

Stovall, K.C., & Dozier, M. (1998). Infants in foster care: An attachment theory perspective. Adoption Quarterly, 2, 55-88.

Dozier, M., & Tyrrell, C. (1997). The role of attachment in therapeutic relationships. In J.A. Simpson & W.S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment theory and close relationships (221-248). New York: Guilford.

Dozier, M., & Lee S. W. (1995). Discrepancies between self- and other- report of psychiatric symptomatology: Effects of dissimissing attachment strategies. Development and Psychopathology, 7, 217-226.

Dozier, M., Cue, K. L., & Barnett, L. (1994). Clinicians as caregivers: The role of attachment organization in treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 793-800.

Dozier, M. (Ed.). (1993). Tailoring clinical case management: The role of attachment. In M. Harris & H.C. Bergman (Eds.), Case management for mentally ill patients: Theory and practice (41-58). Langhorne, PA: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Dozier, M., Lee, S. W., Keir, S. S., Toprac, M., & Mason, M. (1993). A case management program in texas revisited. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 17, 183-188.

Dozier, M., & Kobak, R. R. (1992). Psychophysiology in attachment interviews: Converging evidence for deactivating strategies. Child Development, 63, 1473-1480.

Dozier, M. (1991). Functional measurement assessment of young children's ability to predict future behavior. Child Development, 62, 1091-1099.

Dozier, M., & Franklin J. L. (1988). Social disability in the young adult mentally ill. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 58, 613-617.

Dozier, M., & Butzin C. (1988). Cognitive requirements of ulterior motive usage: individual child analyses. Journal of Experimental and Child Psychology, 46, 88-99.

Dozier, M. (1988). Rejected children's processing of interpersonal information. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 16, 141-149.

Dozier, M., Harris, M., & Bergman, H. (1987). Social network density and rehospitalization among young adult patients. Hospital & Community Psychiatry, 38, 61-65.

Harris, M., Dozier, M., & Bergman, H.C. (1984). Measuring outcome. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 35, 1236-1237.

Wallach, L., Wallach, M. A., Dozier, M. G., & Kaplan, N. E. (1977). Poor children learning to read do not have trouble with auditory discrimination but do have trouble with phoneme recognition. Journal of Educational Psychology, 69, 36-39.

Representative Publications

Dozier, M. , Higley, E., Albus, K.E., & Nutter, A. (2002).  Intervening with foster infants’ caregivers: Targeting three critical needs.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 25, 541-554.

Dozier, M. , Albus, K., Fisher, P. R., & Sepulveda, S. (2002).  Interventions for foster parents: Implications for developmental theory. Development and Psychopathology, 14, 843-860.

Dozier, M. , Stovall, K.C., Albus, K.E., Bates, B. (2001).  Attachment for infants in foster care: The role of caregiver state of mind.  Child Development, 72, 1467-1477.

Stovall, K.C., & Dozier M. (2000).  The development of attachment in new relationships: Single subject analyses for ten foster infants.  Development and Psychopathology, 12, 133-156.

Tyrrell, C., Dozier, M. , Teague, G.B., & Fallot, R.D. (1999).  Effective treatment relationships for persons with serious psychiatric disorders: The importance of attachment states of mind.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 725-733.

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