Darby Saxbe

Expert on the transition to parenthood, the neurobiology of parenting, stress and coping within families, fathers, and the division of household labor

Associate Professor of Psychology

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • How transition to parenthood affects couples
  • Mental and physical health during pregnancy and the postpartum period (for both mothers and fathers)
  • The parenting brain and biology
  • Stress, health, and close relationships, particularly within the family
  • The division of housework within couples
  • How stress gets under the skin and how stress hormones (like cortisol) link up within close relationships
  • The effects of early adversity on child health and development
  • Family leave and other family-focused policies, and their impact on public health
  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 stress and families

Additional Information

  • Principal Investigator, NeuroEndocrinology of Social Ties lab

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