Expertise Summary

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


  • 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