Dr. Brophy-Herb


Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. Child Development, Syracuse University
  • M.A. Child and Family Studies, Syracuse University

Areas of Interest

  • Parenting and emotion socialization
  • Self-regulation and emotion regulation
  • Early Intervention and prevention; Infant mental health
  • Reflective functioning; mentalization
  • Obesity Risk

Accepting Applications for Graduate Students for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Holly E. Brophy-Herb, PhD, is a developmental scientist and endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor studying infants’ and toddlers’ early experiences with emotions in the context of parent-child and educator-child relationships. As a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University, USA, Dr. Brophy-Herb partners with families, educators, scholars and programs around the country and around the world. She is particularly interested in how infants and toddlers come to understand their own and others’ emotions and influences on their experiences. Such influences include studying parent/educator well-being and supports for well-being, as well as processes such as parent/educator reflective capacities and mentalization processes, beliefs about emotions, and responses to expressions of emotions. Dr. Brophy-Herb’s work has involved curriculum development in support of infant, toddler, parent and educator well-being, and professional competencies that promote relationship-based work with infants and toddlers and their families and educators. Dr. Brophy-Herb is Editor in Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal.