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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.
B.A., Duke University, 1976
Ph.D., Duke University, 1983
Advanced Research Methods
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.
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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