Dr. Brophy-Herb


Brophy-Herb, Holly E. 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

Dr. Brophy-Herb studies how: 1) parents/teachers socialize very young children's emotions; 2) emotions socialization practices vary according to characteristics such as family climate, culture, and adults’ reflective capacity; and, 3) emotion socialization practices relate to early social-emotional development. She is also interested in how child/family processes relate to children’s self-regulation in mealtime contexts and obesity risks. Her work informs the development of intervention and training models in family and childcare contexts. Dr. Brophy-Herb’s Building Early Emotion Skills curriculum with MSU Extension has garnered national attention.  Dr. Brophy-Herb is Associate Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal, a recipient of Extension’s Key Partner award, co-founder of the Michigan Infant-Toddler Research Exchange, and was named as a master leaders in child care research from ChildCare Exchange. Active in infant mental health based initiatives, Dr. Brophy-Herb holds an endorsement from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health as an IMH mentor/research faculty.  Dr. Brophy-Herb’s research, funded by the USDA and the US Administration for Children and Families, reflects collaborations with colleagues from MSU, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Early Head Start/Head Start, and families.

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