ABC Intervention | Mary Dozier
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Mary Dozier, Ph.D., is the Amy E. du Pont Chair of Child Development at the University of Delaware. She is the Principal Investigator of the school’s Infant Caregiver Project. Her interests in understanding connections between experience, brain development, and behavior have led to the ABC Intervention techniques, a practical application of findings from years of research.


Dr. Dozier graduated from Duke University summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology in 1976, and obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1983. She completed an internship and residency at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. Her first faculty position was at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she studied treatment use among adults with serious psychiatric disorders. Since coming to Delaware in 1994, she has studied the development of young children who are neglected and young foster children. She has developed training programs for the caregivers of these children, with efficacy trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Mary was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, Full Professor in 2004, and Amy E. du Pont Chair of Child Development in 2004.


Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health continuously since 1989 through career development awards, and large research grants. She is the recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Award for Translational Research on Adoption and the National Institute of Mental Health Innovation Nomination. Mary lives within a bicycle ride of the campus and is the mother of two boys, Ben and Zachary.