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JACOBVITZ, DEBORAH B

Deborah B Jacobvitz

Director, School of Human Ecology, Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professor in Child Development
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Amy Johnson McLaughlin Administrative Chair in Human Ecology | Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professorship in Child Development

debj@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-232-5879

Office Location
SEA 2.414

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES
108 E DEAN KEETON ST, Stop A2702
AUSTIN, TX 78712-1248

I will be accepting PhD students for Fall 2019.

Dr. Jacobvitz and members of her lab study socio-emotional development from infancy through middle childhood, with an emphasis on the social and emotional regulatory processes through which children's early experiences in their family influence normal development and the development of psychopathology.  Her current projects focus on  three related areas: 1)  the transmission of parenting from one generation;  2) the effects of marital conflict and whole family interactions on children's well being; and 3) the development of a research-based parenting intervention program. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, St. David's Foundation, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Hudson Foundation.  An expert on the widely used Adult Attachment Interview, Dr. Jacobvitz leads workshops on this important technique for psychologists in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

Dr. Jacobvitz will be accepting PhD students for Fall 2019. For more information, please email her at debj@austin.utexas.edu.

Current Grants

Dates: 10/1/17 – 9/30/19

Title: Promoting positive parent feeding practices and healthy eating in young children: The unique role of grandparents, St. David’s Foundation Opportunity Grant, $99,637

Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Nancy Hazen and Ladia Hernandez

 

Past Grants:

 

Dates: 1/1/17 – 5/31/18

Title: Disorganized attachment in contemporary Attachment Theory: A critical analysis of paradigms, debates and applications, Wellcome Trust.

Investigators:  Robert Duschinsky and Deborah Jacobvitz  $40,000

 

Dates: 1/1/14 – 1/31/18

Title: Project OPEN: Fostering social and emotional development in young children, RGK Foundation. $200,000

Investiagor:  Deborah Jacobvitz

 

 

Dates: 6/15/08 – 8/31/10

Title: Parent training in positive guidance: Stability and change in parental attitudes

about discipline and children’s social and emotional competence. Texas Methodist Foundation. $44,967

Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Rachel Saunders and Nancy Hazen

 

Dates: 9/1/06 – 8/31/07

Title: Risk and resilience: Overcoming harsh early parenting, Hudson Foundation. $25,000

Investigators: Nancy Hazen and Deborah Jacobvitz

 

Dates: 7/1/04 – 6/30/07

Title: Parental Models of Attachment and Caregiving, National Science Foundation (#DBS-9212990), $234,815

Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz and Nancy Hazen

Selected Publications 

Jacobvitz, D. & Reisz, S(in press).  Unresolved and disorganized attachment in adulthood.  Current Opinions in Psychology,25, 172-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.06.006.

Brazeau, N, Reisz, S., Jacobvitz, D, & George, C. (2018). Understanding the connection between attachment trauma and maternal self-efficacy in depressed mothers. Infant Mental Health Journal.39,30-43. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21692.

Freeland-Graves, J.H., Sachdev, P., & Jacobvitz, D.B., (2018). Role of grandparents in childhood obesity during first two years of life.  Journal of Nutrition Health and Food Science. 6, 1-11. Doi: 10.15226/jnhfs.2018.001141.

Jacobvitz, D. (2018).  Dismissing Avoidant Attachment. In M.H. Bornstein (Ed)., The Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Poulsen, H.B., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz, D. (2018). Parents’ joint attachment representations and caregiving:  The moderating role of marital quality. Attachment and Human Development.https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2018.1492003

Reisz, S., Brennan, J., Jacobvitz, D. & George, C. (2018). Adult attachment and birth experience: Importance of secure base and save haven during childbirth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2018.1509303.

Verhage, M.L., Fearon, P., Schuengel, C., van Ijzendoorn, M.H., Bakersmans-Kanenburg…Jacobvitz, D. (2018). Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta‐analysis. Child Developmenthttps://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13085

Gallegos, M.I., & Murphy, S.E., Benner, A.D., Jacobvitz, D.B., & Hazen, N.L. (2017). Marital, parental, and whole family predictors of toddler emotion regulation: The role of parental emotional withdrawal. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(3), 294-303.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000245

Murphy, S.E., Boyd-Soisson, Jacobvitz, D.B., & Hazen, N.L (2017). Dyadic and Triadic Family Interactions as Simultaneous Predictors of Children’s Externalizing Behaviors. Family Relations, 66, 346-359.DOI:10.1111/fare.12225.

Murphy, S.E., Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz,D.B., Hazen, N.L. (2017). Coparenting dynamics: Mothers’ and fathers’ differential support and involvement.Personal Relationships.DOI: 10.1111/pere.12221 

Pehr, G., Sroufe, L.A., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M, van IJzendoorn, Jacobvitz, D…Duschinsky, R. (2017). Disorganized attachment in infancy:  A review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers. Attachment and Human Development19,534-558DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1354040 

Wittenberg, D., Beverung, L., Ansari, A., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2017). Gender differences in parents; prenatal wishes for their children’s future: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Child and Family Studies,26,1865-1874. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-017-0713-9

Beverung, L. & Jacobvitz, D. (2016). Women’s retrospective experiences of bereavement:  Predicting unresolved attachment. Journal of Death and Dying, 73, 126-140. DOI: 10.1177/0030222815575897.

Lyons-Ruth, K., & Jacobvitz, D. (2016). Attachment Disorganization from Infancy to Adulthood: Neurobiological Correlates, Parenting Contexts, and Pathways to Disorder. In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (eds.), Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

Murphy, S., Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2016). What’s so bad about competitive coparenting?  Family-level predictors of children’s externalizing symptoms. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1684-1690. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0321-5.

Frankel, L.A., Umemura, T., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2015). Marital conflict and parental responses to infant negative emotions: Relations with toddler emotional regulation, Infant Behavior and Development, 40, 73-83DOI: org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2015.03.004.

Hazen, N., Allen, S., Umemura, T., Heaton, C., & Jacobvitz, D. (2015). Very extensive nonmaternal care predicts mother-infant attachment disorganization: Convergent evidence from two samples.  Development and Psychopathology, 27, 649-661. DOI:10.1017/S0954579414000893.

Reisz, S, Jacobvitz, D., & George, C. (2015). Birth and Motherhood: Childbirth Experience and Mothers’ Perceptions of Themselves and Their Babies. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36, 167-178. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21500.

Christopher, C., Umemura, T., Mann, T., Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2015). Marital Quality over the Transition to Parenthood as a Predictor of Coparenting. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 24, 3636-3651. DOI 10.1007/s10826-015-0172-0.

Umemura, T., Christopher, C., Mann, T., Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2015). Coparenting Problems with Toddlers Predict Children’s Symptoms of Psychological Problems at Age 7. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 46, 981-996. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-015-0536-0

Umemura, T. & Jacobvitz, D. (2014). Nonmaternal care hours and temperament predict infants’ proximity-seeking behavior and attachment subgroups. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 352-365. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.05.007.

Zaccagnino, M., Cussino, M., Saunders, R., Jacobvitz, D., & Veglia, F. (2014). Alternative Caregiving Figures and their Role on Adult Attachment Representations. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21, 276-287. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.1828.

Umemura, T. Jacobvitz, D., Messina, S., & Hazen, N. (2013). Do toddlers prefer the primary caregiver or the parent with whom they feel more secure? The role of toddler emotion.  Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 102-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.10.003.

Christopher, C., Saunders, R., Jacobvitz, D., Burton, R., & Hazen, N.  (2013).  Maternal empathy and changes in mothers’ permissiveness as predictors of toddlers’ early social competence with peers: A parenting intervention study.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 769-778. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-012-9631-z.

Saunders, R., Piazza, L., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., & Burton, R. (2013).  Maternal knowledge and behaviors regarding discipline: The effectiveness of a hands-on education program in positive guidance.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 322-334. DOI: 10.1007?s10826-012-9581-5.

Jin, M. K., Jacobvitz, D., Jung, S. H., & Hazen, N. (2012).  Maternal sensitivity and infant attachment security in Korea: Cross-cultural validation of the Strange Situation. Attachment and Human Development,14, 33-44. DOI: 10.1080//14616734.2012.636656.

McFarland-Piazza, L., Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, D., & Boyd-Soisson, E.  (2012).  The development of father-child attachment: Associations between adult attachment representations, recollections of childhood experiences and caregiving.  Early Child Development & Care, 182, 701-721.DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2011.573071.

Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, D., Higgins, K., Allen, S., & Jin, M. K. (2011).  Pathways from disorganized attachment to later social-emotional problems: The role of gender and parent-child interaction patterns (167-206). In J. Soloman & C. George (Eds.), Disorganization of attachment and caregiving: Research and clinical advances. NY: Guilford.

Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., Zaccagnino, M., Messina, S., & Beverung, L. (2011).  Frightening maternal behavior, infant disorganization, and risks for psychopathology.  In D. Ciccetti  & G. Roisman (eds.), The Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology: The origins and organization of adaptation and maladaptation, 36. New York: Wiley. Pp. 283-322

Saunders, R., Jacobvitz, D., Zaccagnino, M., Beverung, L. & Hazen, N. (2011).  Pathways to earned-security: The role of alternative support figures. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 403-420.

Jin, M. K., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2010).  A cross-cultural study of attachment in Korea and the United States:  Infant and maternal behavior during the Strange Situation.  In P. Erdman and K. M. Ng (Eds.), Attachment: Expanding the cultural connections.  New York: Routledge.

Hazen, N., McFarland, L. Jacobvitz, D., & Boyd-Soisson, E. (2010).  Fathers’ frightening behaviors and sensitivity with infants: Relations with fathers’ attachment representations, father-infant attachment, and children’s later outcomes. Early Child Development and Care, 180, 51-69. DOI: 10.1080/03004430903414703.

Hazen, N., McFarland, L. Jacobvitz, D., & Boyd-Soisson, E. (2010).  Fathers’ frightening behaviors and sensitivity with infants: Relations with fathers’ attachment representations, father-infant attachment, and children’s later outcomes . In L.A. Newland, H.S. Freeman, & D.D. Coyle (Eds.), Emerging Topics on Father Attachment: Considerations in Theory, Context and Development. New York: Routledge.

Taylor-Seehafer, M.A, Jacobvitz, D., & Steiker, L.H. (2009). Patterns of attachment organization, social connectedness, and substance use in a sample of older homeless adolescents: Preliminary finding, Family and Community Health, 31, 81 – 88.

Leit, L., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2008). Conversational Narcissism in Marriage: Narcissistic attention seeking behaviors in face-to-face interactions: Implications for marital stability and partner mental health. Germany: Verlag Publishing.

Lyons-Ruth, K. & Jacobvitz, D. (2008).  Attachment Disorganization: Genetic factors, parenting contexts and developmental transformations from infancy to adulthood.   In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (eds.), Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications. Volume II. NY: Guilford Press.

Jacobvitz, D. (2008).  Reflections on the clinical applications of the Adult Attachment Interview.  In H. Steele & M. Steele (Eds.), Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview. Guilford Press.

Invited Addresses and Symposia

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, June). Prediction of Behavior Problems in Middle Childhood: The role of mothers’ Frightening/Anomalous behavior over the first two years.  Paper presented in the invited symposia: “Disorganized Attachment: New Findings and Theoretical Developments”. The 8th International Attachment Conference, London.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, February).  The Mechanism of transmission of Attachment Disorganization across Generations.  18th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference: Clinical Application of Attachment Theory and Research. The Children’s Center, Salt Lake City Utah.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, January). Attachment Disorganization: Pathways and predisposing factors. Duchinsky, R. (Organizer). Disorganized Infant Attachment Conference, Berkeley, California.

Jacobvitz, D. (2015, March). Frightening maternal behavior, attachment disorganization and psychopathology. In Steele, H. (Chair). The Adult Attachment Interview.  Paper presented at a pre-conference at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Jacobvitz, D., Reisz, S., Umemura, T., & Hazen, N. (2013, April).  Spousal Boundary Disturbances Pre-birth Predict Parent-child Alliances, Children: Emotion Regulation and Later Adjustment. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.

Jacobvitz, D. (2009, April).  The Case of Ellie and Little Hans.  Invited presentation at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Jacobvitz, D. (2007, April).  Parental Correlates of Attachment Disorganization in Infancy.   In Pederson, D., (Chair). Attachment Disorganization.  Address delivered at a pre-conference at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Development, Boston, MA.

 

Presentations at National and International Conferences:

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April). The Role of Attachment on Children’s Social Cognitive Processes and Social Behaviors. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April).  Mother- and father-infant attachment as predictors of child anxiety disorder symptoms. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Messina, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April).  Do all the roads lead to Rome? Investigating pathways leading to children’s development of anxious depression and ADHD symptoms.
 Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Murphy, S., Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April). 
Marital, parent-child, and whole-family predictors of toddler’s adaptive emotion regulation, underregulation, and overregulation. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Reisz, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April). Stability and change of unresolved loss and trauma across the transition to parenthood. In Carol George (Chair) Attachment and caregiving dysregulation: Associations with the parent and child outcomes. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Poulsen, H.,  Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April). Parents' Joint Attachment Representations & Caregiving: The Mediating Role of Marital Quality. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Gallegos, M., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., (2016, November). Negative and positive family interactions predicting children’s emotion regulation. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Murphy, S.E., Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., (2016, November). Coparenting Dynamics: Mothers’ and Fathers’ Differential Support and Involvement. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Poulsen, H., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., Reisz, S. (2016, May). Parents' Joint Attachment Representations & Caregiving:  The Moderating Role of Marital Quality.  Paper presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague.

Reisz, S., & Jacobvitz, D. (2016, May). Birth and motherhood: Attachment representations and the subjective experience of childbirth. Paper presented at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague.

Gallegos, M., Murphy, S., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N.,  (2016, March). Relations of Family Stressors and Mother and Father Parenting Distress: A Test of the Crossover Hypothesis. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Denver.

Poulsen, H., Reisz, S.  Hazen, N.,  & Jacobvitz, D.,  (2016, March). Parent’s Joint Attachment Representations:  The Moderating Role of Marital Quality. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Denver.

Reisz, S., & Jacobvitz, D.  (2016, March).  Birth and motherhood: Attachment representations and subjective experiences of childbirth. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Denver.

Jacobvitz, D., Messina, S., Reisz, S., Pettit, K., Poulsen, H., & Hazen, N. (2015, March). Family dynamics from an attachment perspective: Parents’ attachment pairings predict couple and parent-infant interactions. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia.

Messina, S., Reisz, S., Garza, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2015, March). Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia.

Murphy, S., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz, D. (2015, March). Is the Whole greater than the sum of the parts? Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia.

Burton, R. S., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N., & Reisz, N. (2014, March) Changes in Parenting Behaviors: Does maternal attachment Security matter?  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD, Austin, TX.

Messina, S., Jacobvitz, D., Reisz, S, Garza, N., & Hazen-Swann, N. (2014, March). Early predictors of children’s emotional wellbeing: The role of feeding interactions between mothers and their 8-month-old infants. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD, Austin, TX.

Murphy, S., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2014, March). Triadic Co-parenting and Dyadic Parent-Child Interactions as Predictors of Children’s Later Externalizing Symptoms. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD), Austin, TX.

Wittenberg, B., Jacobvitz, D., Beverung, L., Karras, C., & Hazen, N. (2014, March). Parents’ Prenatal Wishes for their Children: Relations with Parenting Quality and Child Outcomes. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD), Austin, TX.

Wittenberg, Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, D., Beverung, L., Karras (2013, November). Prenatal Wishes: The Impact of Parents’ Wishes on Parenting Quality". Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Conference on Family Relations (NCFR), San Antonio.

Bichteler, A., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz, D. (2013, April). Associations between Past Adult Attachment Representation and Current Weight: Coping, Control, and the AAI. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.

Christopher, C., Umemura, T., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2013, April). Coparenting Problems at 2 Years Predict 7-Year-Old Children’s Developmental Psychopathology: Focusing on Gender Differences. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.

Messina, S., Reisz, S., Garza, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2013, April). Mothers-babies feeding interactions: Another bridge on the transmission gap? Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.

Umemura, T., Christopher, C., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2013, April). Supportive and Undermining Coparenting: Relations to Changes in Marital Quality across the Transition to Parenthood. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.

Christopher, C. H., Umemura, T., Allen, S., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2012, June). The relation of extensive nonmaternal care to attachment disorganization. Paper presented at biannual meetingof the International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN.

Umemura, T., Christopher, C. H., Allen, S. D., Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2012, March).  Extensive nonmaternal care predicts attachment disorganization: Convergent evidence from two samples. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, New Orleans, LA.

Lewinski, K., Beverung, L., Singh, H., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2012, March).  Extensive nonmaternal care predicts attachment disorganization: Convergent evidence from two samples. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, New Orleans, LA.

Beverung, L. M., Jacobvitz, D., Thomson, R., Burton, R. S., Saunders, R. C., & Hazen, N. (2011, March). Conditions predicting unresolved attachment status for loss and secondary attachment classifications. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal.

Heaton, C. C., Saunders, R. C., Jacobvitz, D. B., & Hazen, N. (2011, March).  The relation of hands-on training in positive guidance to changes in toddlers' social competence: The role of maternal permissiveness and empathy. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal.

Frankel, L., Hazen, N., Noonan, S., & Jacobvitz, D. B. (2011, March).  Parental reactions to infants’ negative emotions: Parenting antecedents and child outcomes.  Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal.

Beverung, L.M. Jacobvitz, D.B., Thomson, R., Burton, R., Saunders, R.C., & Hazen, N. (2011, April).  Conditions predicting unresolved attachment status for loss and secondary attachment classifications. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Frankel, L., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D.B. (2011, April). Harsh Parental Reactions to Infant Escape Behavior:  Related to Emotional and Behavioral Problems at age Seven. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Heaton, C.C., Saunders, R.C., Jacobvitz, D.B., & Hazen, N. (2011, April). The Relation of Maternal Empathy and Hands-on Training in Positive Guidance to Changes in Toddlers' Social Competence Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Umemura, T., Jacobvitz, D.B., Bichteler, A., Messina, S., & Hazen, N. (2011, April).  Toddlers' Preferences for Mothers Versus Fathers During Triadic Interactions: Links with Toddlers' Emotions and Attachment History. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Umemura, T., Jacobvitz, D. B., Bichteler, A., Beverung, L. M., & Hazen, N. (2011, March).  Effect of fathers' involvement in particular caregiving tasks on toddlers' interactions with their father: An attachment framework.  Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal.

Heaton, C., Saunders, R., Burton, R., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2010, April). Changes in mothers’ permissiveness and depression and predictors of toddlers’ early social competence with peers.  . Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, San Antonio, TX.

Frankel, L., Hazen, N., Boyd-Soisson, E., & Jacobvitz, D. (2010, April). Mothers’ and fathers’ differential use of emotional socialization to boys and girls: Related to behavioral/emotional problems at age seven. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, San Antonio, TX.

Frankel, L., Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, D. B., Roetzel, A. C., & Boyd-Soisson, E. F. (2009 April).  Mothers' and fathers' attachment relationships and emotional socialization as predictors of toddlers' emotional expressivity.  Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Teaching:

Undergraduate            Infant and Toddler Development

                                    Child Development

                                    Infant Development and Attachment Relationships

                                    Family Relationships

                                    Theories of Child and Family Development

Graduate:                    Attachment Across the Life Cycle

                                    Attention & Behavior Problems in Children

                                    Intergenerational Parenting

                                    Family Interaction and Development

                                    Social and Personality Development

                                    Teaching in the 21st Century

Dr. Jacobvitz is accepting new Ph.D. students for Fall 2019. Application deadline is December 1, 2018 for the Human Development and Family Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin. Please inquire directly with Dr. Jacobvitz at debj@austin.utexas.edu.