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Caroline KP Roben
Research Scientist - Dozier Lab
Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
181J McKinly Lab
Newark, DE 19716
Lab Address: 181 McKinly Lab
Lab Phone: 302-831-6328

Background and Interests

‚ÄčCaroline Roben directs the dissemination of the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), an evidence-based intervention developed by Mary Dozier and her lab for infants who have experienced early adversity. ABC aims to improve young children's attachment and emotional, behavioral, and physiological regulation. In several randomized clinical trials, ABC has been found successful in enhancing attachment, cortisol production, emotion expression, and executive functioning. ABC is now implemented across the United States and in several international locations and is expanding to include an adaptation of ABC for toddlers. Dr. Roben coordinates all training, supervision, fidelity monitoring, and certification of clinicians. Dr. Roben's research includes study of ABC effectiveness and implementation and a small randomized clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of an adaptation of ABC for visitation sessions between foster parents, birth parents, and young children. Dr. Roben additionally oversees the assessment of emotion regulation in the lab's ongoing longitudinal studies of at-risk children and ABC outcomes.


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University‚Äč

Recent Publications

Dozier, M., Bernard, K., & Roben, C.K.P. (in press). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up. In H. Steele & M. Steele (Eds.) Handbook of Attachment-Based Interventions, 1st Edition. Guilford.

Dozier, M., Roben, C.K.P., & Hoye, J.R. (2015). Adversity in early social relationships. In S.D. Calkins (Ed.) Handbook of Infant Development: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. New York: Guilford.

Roben, C.K.P., Moore, G.A., Cole, P.M., Molenaar, P., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2015). Transactional patterns of maternal depressive symptoms and mother-child mutual negativity in an adoption sample. Infant and Child Development, online. doi: 10.1002/icd.1906

Lo, A., Roben, C.K.P., Maier, C., Fabian, K., Shauffer, C., & Dozier, M. (2015). "I want to be there when he graduates:" Foster parents show higher levels of commitment than group care providers. Children & Youth Services Review, 51, 95-100.

Dozier, M. & Roben, C.K.P. (2015). Attachment related preventive interventions. In J. Simpson & S. Rholes (Eds.) Attachment theory and research: New directions and emerging themes. New York: Guilford.

Roben, C.K.P., Cole, P.M., & Armstrong, L.M. (2013). Longitudinal relations among language skills, anger expression, and regulatory strategies in early childhood. Child Development, 84, 891-905. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12027

Roben, C.K.P. & Dozier, M. (2013). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up: An evidence-based intervention for at-risk infants and toddlers. International Journal of Behavioral Development Bulletin: Reports from the Lab63, 39-42.

Shutts, K., Roben, C.K.P., & Spelke, E.S. (2013). Children's use of social categories in thinking about people and social relationships. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14, 36-62. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2011.638686

Roben, C.K.P., Bass, A.J., Moore, G.M., Murray-Kolb, L., Tan, P.Z., Gilmore, R.O., Buss, K.A., Cole, P.M., & Teti, L.O. (2011). Let me go: The influence of crawling experience and temperament on the development of anger reactivity and regulation. Infancy, 17, 558-577. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00092.x

Pemberton, C.K., Neiderhiser, J.M., Leve, L.D., Natsuaski, M.N., Shaw, D.S., Reiss, D., & Ge, X. (2010). Influence of parental depressive symptoms on adopted toddler behaviors: An emerging developmental cascade of genetic and environmental effects. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 803-818. doi: 10.1017/S0954579410000477   

Cole, P.M., Armstrong, L.M, & Pemberton, C.K. (2010). Language and emotion. Peer reviewed chapter in M.A. Bell & S.D. Calkins (Eds.) Child development at the intersection of emotion & cognition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Cole, P.M., Llera, S.J., & Pemberton, C.K. (2009). Emotional instability, poor emotional awareness, and the development of borderline personality. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 1293-1310.



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