Kayla Stinson


Kayla Stinson


Dr. Holly Brophy-Herb


Fall 2020


Child Development



My name is Kayla Stinson and I am a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. My advisor is Dr. Holly Brophy-Herb. My research interests are in mindfulness, parents’ mental health, parenting practices, and children’s social and emotional development. My specific interests are in mindfulness in parenting, parenting stress management, emotion socialization practices, and development of empathy and emotional and behavioral regulation (and dysregulation) in children from birth to five years. I am currently working on several projects, including examining infant-toddler teachers’ well-being during the pandemic, a second project examining mothers’ and fathers’ coparenting conflict and how they respond to toddlers’ difficult behaviors, and a third project aimed at emotion socialization through storybook reading with children.

Keywords and Phrases

Mindfulness, parents’ mental health, parenting, children’s social & emotional development