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Mary Dozier

Professor
Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development
University of Delaware
215 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2286
Lab Address: 850 Library Ave.
Lab Phone: 302-831-6328

Biography

Mary Dozier and members of her lab study the development of young children who have experienced adversity. Together they have developed an evidence-based intervention, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), that is intended to enhance children’s ability to regulate behavior, emotions, and physiology. Each of the three components of the ABC intervention targets a specific issue that was identified as critical through more basic studies of attachment and stress neurobiology. Mary and the lab have conducted a series of randomized clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. ABC has proven successful in enhancing attachment, cortisol production, emotion expression, and executive functioning. Recent efforts have involved adapting the intervention for toddlers, and for children adopted internationally; disseminating the intervention to other sites while maintaining fidelity; and examining additional biological outcomes. Mary has been Associate Editor of Child Development and is on several editorial boards. She is a regular member of an NIH grant review panel, and frequently serves as ad hoc member on additional panels. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Maltreatment. She was awarded the Ainsworth-Bowlby Award for her research on vulnerable families, and an NIMH FIRST Award. She has been funded continuously by NIH since 1989.

Degrees

B.A., Duke University, 1976

Ph.D., Duke University, 1983​

Courses Regularly Taught

Advanced Research Methods

Research Methods​

Recent Publications

        Raby, K. L., Waters, T. E. A., Tabachnick, A. R., Zajac, L., & Dozier, M. (In press). Increasing secure base script knowledge among parents with Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up. Development and Psychopathology.

        Lind, T., Raby, K. L., Goldstein, A., Bernard, K., Caron, E. B., Yarger, H. A., Wallin, A., & Dozier, M. (in press). Improving social-emotional competence in internationally adopted children with the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up intervention. Development and Psychopathology.

         Korom, M., Goldstein, A., Tabachnick, A. R., Palmwood, E. N., Simons, R. F., & Dozier, M. (2020). Early parenting intervention accelerates inhibitory control development among CPS-involved children in middle childhood: A randomized clinical trial. Developmental Science, e13054.

         Hoye, J. R., Cheishvili, D., Yarger, H. A., Roth, T. L., Szyf, M., & Dozier, M. (2020). Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up alters DNA methylation in maltreated children: Preliminary intervention effects from a randomized clinical trial. Development and Psychopathology, 32, 1486-1494.

         Garnett, M., Bernard, K., Zajac, L., Hoye, J., & Dozier, M. (2020). Parental sensitivity mediates the sustained effect of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up on cortisol in middle childhood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 121, e104809.

            Valadez, E., A., Tottenham, N., Tabachnick, A. R., & Dozier, M. (2020). Early parenting intervention effects on brain responses to maternal cues among high-risk children. American Journal of Psychiatry, 177, 818-826.

Representative Publications

        Dozier, M., & Bernard, K. (2019).  Coaching parents of vulnerable infants: The Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up approach. New York: Guilford Press.

         Zajac, L., Raby, K. L., & Dozier, M. (2020). Sustained effects on attachment security in middle childhood: Results from a randomized clinical trial of the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Intervention. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61, 417-424.

         Lind, T., Bernard, K., & Dozier, M. (2020). Promoting compliance in children referred to Child Protective Services: A randomized clinical trial. Child Development, 91, 563-576.

         Tabachnick, A., Raby, K. L., Goldstein, A., Zajac, L., & Dozier, M. (2019). Effects of an attachment-based intervention on children's autonomic regulation during middle childhood. Biological Psychology, 143, 22-31.

         Bernard, K., Simons, R. F., & Dozier, M. (2015). Effects of an attachment-based intervention on high-risk mothers' event related potentials to children's emotions. Child Development, 86, 1673-1684.

         Bernard, K., Dozier, M., Bick, J., & Gordon, M. K. (2015). Intervening to enhance cortisol regulation among children at risk for neglect: Results of a randomized clinical trial.  Development and Psychopathology, 27, 829-841. 


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