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Mary Dozier

Professor
Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development
Director of Clinical Training
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 is Unidel Amy E. duPont Chair and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware in the United States. She has studied the development of young children in foster care and young children living with neglecting birth parents, examining challenges in attachment and regulatory capabilities. Along with her graduate students and research team, she developed an intervention, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), for parents of vulnerable infants. Through randomized clinical trials, ABC has been demonstrated to be effective in enhancing parental sensitivity and children’s behavioral and biological functioning. In 2016 she was named the Francis Alison Professor, the university’s highest faculty honor. In 2018 she received the International Society for Infancy Studies Translational Research Aware and was the 2019 recipient of the American Psychological Association Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution in Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.​​

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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