Publications

Manuscripts Based on the STAR Project

* Denotes co-author is/was a graduate student or post-doctoral research associate

Published or In Press

 *Zeytinoglu, S., Leerkes, E.M., Swingler, M. & Calkins, S.D. (2017). Pathways from maternal effortful control to child self regulation: The role of maternal emotional support. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 170 -180. (Special Section: Mind and Matter II: New Insights on the Role of Parental Cognitive and Neurobiological Functioning in Process Models of Parenting)

*Blankson, A.N., *Weaver, J.M., Leerkes, E.M., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2017). Cognitive and emotional processes as predictors of a successful transition into school. Early Education and Development, 28, 1-20.

*Blankson, A. N., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E.M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2015).
Does hours spent watching television at age 3 and 4 predict vocabulary and executive functioning at age 5? Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 61, 264-289.

Marcovitch, S., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., *Miner-Weaver, J., & Levine, D.W.  (2015). A longitudinal assessment of the relation between executive function and Theory of Mind at 3, 4, and 5 years. Cognitive Development, 33, 40-55.

*Perry, N., Nelson, J., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., O’Brien, M. & Marcovitch, S. (2014).  Early physiological regulation predicts the trajectory of externalizing behavior problems across the preschool period. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1482-1491.

*Mokrova, I., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2013). The role of persistence at preschool age in academic skills at kindergarten. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 28(4), 1495-1503.

Freitas, L. B. L., O’Brien, M., *Nelson, J. A., & Marcovitch, S. (in press). The understanding of gratitude and theory of mind in 5-year-old children. Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica (Psychology).

*Blankson, A.N., O’Brien, M. Leerkes, E.M., Marcovitch, S. & Calkins, S.D. (2013).  Developmental dynamics of emotion and cognition processes in preschoolers. Child Development, 84, 346-360.

*Nelson, J.A., de Lucca Freitas, L.B., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2013). Preschool-aged children’s understanding of gratitude: Relations with emotion and mental state knowledge. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31, 42-56.

*Nelson, J., Leerkes, E.M., *Perry, N., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2013). Associations between mothers’ emotion socialization practices and child competence vary in African American and European American families. Social Development, 22, 485-498.

*Perry, N., *Nelson, J., *Swingler, M., Leerkes, E.M., Calkins, S.D., O’Brien, M., & Marcovitch, S. (2013). The relation between maternal sensitivity and child physiological regulation across the preschool years. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 382-394.

*Perry, N., *Nelson, J., *Swingler, M., Leerkes, E.M., Calkins, S.D., O’Brien, M., & Marcovitch, S. (2012). The relation between maternal sensitivity and child physiological regulation across the preschool years. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 503-513.

*Nelson, J., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2012).  Maternal expressive style and children’s emotional development. Infant & Child Development, 21, 267-286.

*Nelson, J., Leerkes, E.M., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2012). African American and European American mothers’ beliefs about negative emotions and emotion socialization practices. Parenting: Science & Practice, 12, 22-41.

*Blankson, A.N., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E.M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2012). Differentiating processes of control and understanding in the early development of emotion and cognition. Social Development, 21, 1-20.

*Mokrova, I., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2012). Family social status and preschoolers’ persistence: The role of maternal values and quality of parenting. Infant & Child Development, 21, 617-633.

Leerkes, E.M., *Blankson, A.N., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Marcovitch, S. (2011). The relation of maternal emotional and cognitive support during problem solving to pre-academic skills in preschoolers. Infant and Child Development, 20, 353-370.

*Blankson, A. N., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E. M, Marcovitch, S., & Calkins, S. D. (2011). Shyness and vocabulary: The role of executive functioning and home environmental stimulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 57, 105-128.

O’Brien, M., *Weaver, J.M., *Nelson, J.A., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2011). Longitudinal associations between children’s understanding of emotions and Theory of Mind. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 1074-1086.

Leerkes, E. M., Paradise, M., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Lange, G. (2008). Emotion and Cognition Processes in Preschool Children. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 54(1), 102-124.

*Hinnant, J., & O’Brien, M. (2007). Cognitive and emotional control and perspective taking and their relations to empathy in 5-year-old children. The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 168(3), 301-322.

Invited Presentation

Leerkes, E.M. (2014, November). Preparing children for school: The role of emotionally supportive parenting. Paper presented at the Child and Family Research Network Conference on Developmental Perspectives on Learning from Birth to College. Greensboro, NC.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

*Zeytinoglu, S., Calkins, S.D., Swingler, M., & Leerkes, E.M. (April, 2017). Pathways from maternal effortful control to child self-regulation: The role of maternal emotional support. In S. D. Calkins (Chair). Parent and family influences on child executive functioning. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.

*Dunbar, A.S., Leerkes, E.M., & Coard, S.I. (April, 2017). Experienced racism and beliefs about emotion consequences as predictors of parental emotion socialization. In E.A. Walle (Chair). Parent child communication about emotion and the self. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.

*Halliday, S., Calkins, S.D., & Leerkes, E.M. (April, 2017). Observed learning engagement in pre-k predicts kindergarten school adjustment over and above executive functioning. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.

*Zeytinoglu, S., Swingler, M., *Isbell, E., Calkins, S.D., & Leerkes, E.M. (April, 2017). Socioeconomic status moderates the influence of executive functions on early math skills but not letter-word knowledge. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Austin, TX.

*Isbell, E., Swingler, M.S., Leerkes, E. M., & Calkins, S. D. (March, 2017). Individual differences in attentional fluctuations in preschoolers. Paper presented at the North Carolina Cognition Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Swingler, M.M., *Isbell, E., *Halliday, S., Calkins, S.D., & Leerkes, E.M. (November, 2016). Neural correlates of executive function in preschool children: Associations with academic school readiness. Poster presented at 49th annual International Society for Developmental Psychobiology meeting, San Diego, CA.

*Dunbar, A. S., Leerkes, E. M., Coard, S., Supple, A. J., & Calkins, S. D. (2016, October). Parental racial/ethnic and emotion socialization predict young Black boys’ emotion reactivity & regulation. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Meeting: Babies, Boys, and Men of Color, Tampa, FL

*Dunbar, A. S., & Leerkes, E. M. (2016, July). Parental racial and emotion socialization predict young Black children’s internalizing problems. Paper presented at APA Division 45 Research Conference, Palo Alto, CA

*Zeytinoglu, S., *Halliday, S., Calkins, S.D., O’Brien, M. & Leerkes, E.M. (May 2016). Trajectories of response inhibition: The roles of autonomic nervous system functioning and parenting behaviors. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.

*Halliday, S., O’Brien, M., Swingler, M.M., Calkins, S.D, Leerkes, E.M. (October 2015). Learning engagement and executive functioning in preschool as predictors of achievement in kindergarten. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society Biennial Meeting, Columbus, OH.

*Zeytinoglu, S., Swingler, M.M., Calkins, S.D., O’Brien, M., & Leerkes, E.M. (October 2015). The joint contribution of maternal cognitive control and emotional supportiveness on child cognitive control. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society Biennial Meeting, Columbus, OH.

*Halliday, S.E., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D. & Leerkes, E.M. (March 2015). Learning engagement: A promising new observational measure for preschool aged children. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.

*Dunbar, A.S., *Perry, N.B., *Cavanaugh, A.M., & Leerkes, E.M. (2013, April). African American parents’ emotion socialization and adult emotion adaptation: The moderating effect of racial socialization. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

*Weaver, J.M., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (2013, April). Preschool trajectories of cognitive and emotional development as predictors of a successful school transition. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

*Brown, N. E., *Nelson, J. A., *Swingler, M. M., & Leerkes, E. M. (2011, April). Vagal tone
suppression across the preschool years: The predictive role of early maternal responsiveness. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

*Brown, N. E., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E. M., Calkins, S. D. (2011, April). Mothers’ responses to children’s negative emotions and child emotion regulation: The moderating role of vagal suppression. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

*Burney, R., & Leerkes, E. M. (2011, April). Links between preschooler temperament and
mothers’ perceptions of coparenting. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

*Mokrova, I. L., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Leerkes, E. M., & Marcovitch, S. (2011, April).
Persistence and academic skills at preschool age: Will trying harder make me smarter? Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

*Nelson, J. A., Leerkes, E. M., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., & Marcovitch, S. (2011, April).
Race differences in beliefs about negative emotions and emotion socialization practices. In E. M. Leerkes & J. A. Nelson (Co-chairs), Racial and cultural differences in parents’ emotion socialization beliefs and practices. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC.

*Blankson, A. N., Leerkes, E. M., O’Brien, M., Marcovitch, S., & Calkins, S. D. (2009, April).
Emotion and cognition linkages: Generalizability across measurement approaches. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Blankson, A. N., Leerkes, E. M., O’Brien, M., Marcovitch, S., & Calkins, S. D. (2009, April).
The factor structure and correlates of mothers’ emotion-oriented and cognitive-oriented parenting during the preschool period. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Blankson, A. N., O’Brien, M., Leerkes, E. M., Marcovitch, S., & Calkins, S. D. (2009, April).
Shyness, executive functioning, vocabulary, and home environmental stimulation: A moderated mediation analysis. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Burney, R. & Leerkes, E. M. (2009, April). Does coparenting predict preschoolers’ behavior
problems independent of marital quality? Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Chiu, K. A., *Blankson, N., O’Brien, M., Marcovitch, S., Leerkes, E. M., & Calkins, S. D.
(2009, April). Psychometric properties of the Emotion Regulation Checklist in preschool children. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Mokrova, I., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Leerkes, E. M., & Marcovitch, S. (2009, April). The
links between child motivation and family social status: The role of maternal values and quality of parenting. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Nelson, J., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Leerkes, E.M., & Marcovitch, S. (April, 2008).
Parental socialization of children’s emotion knowledge. Poster presented at the 20th
Biennial Conference on Human Development. Indianapolis, IN.

*Hinnant, J. B., Leerkes, E.M., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S., Lange, G., & Paradise, M.
(April, 2007). Associations between maternal behavior and child emotional and cognitive functioning: Variations by child temperament. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society For Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Paradise, M., Calkins, S., Lange, G., Leerkes, E., & O’Brien, M. (April, 2005). An integrative perspective on emotion and cognition in preschoolers. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta.

Theses and Dissertation

Hinnant, B. J. (2005). Cognitive and emotional constructs and their relatopn to empathy in young children. Unpublished Masters Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Nelson, J. A. (2008). Maternal socialization of children’s emotion knowledge. Unpublished Masters Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mokrova, I.L. (2008). The relations between social class, maternal values of self-direction and conformity, and child persistence. Unpublished Masters Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Burney, R. V.. (2010). Links between temperament and coparenting: The moderating role of family characteristics. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Brown, N.E. (2010). Predicting children’s emotion regulation behaviors from maternal emotion socialization and vagal suppression. Unpublished Masters Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Halliday, S.E. (2015). Biopsychosocial analysis of task engagement among preschool-age children. Unpublished Masters Thesis. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dunbar, A.S. (2016). Sociocultural predictors of parental racial and emotion socialization and relations to child social-emotional adjustment. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.