ABC Intervention | Kirsten McLaughlin
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KIRSTEN MCLAUGHLIN

Kirsten McLaughlin, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware’s Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Lab. Dr. McLaughlin received her doctoral and master’s degrees in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Family Science from the University of Maryland. Her research is guided by the evidence that 1) early life experiences have long lasting effects on child health and development and 2) both the biological mechanisms underlying development and the broader sociocultural contexts in which women and children are embedded will inform promising mitigation strategies. She is particularly interested in understanding how adverse conditions in early childhood can lead to persisting changes in a variety of metabolic, physiological, and structural factors that influence the development of self-regulatory behaviors and how caregiver behaviors may mitigate or exasperate these effects. As part of the ABC Dissemination team, Dr. McLaughlin leads program evaluation and is an active ITM Supervisor.