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M. Ann Easterbrooks, Principal Investigator
M. Ann Easterbrooks, Ph.D., is Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, her work focuses on social and emotional development in infancy and childhood, and issues of risk and resilience in development. She is Co-Principle Investigator of the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, examining the efficacy of Healthy Families Massachusetts, a statewide child maltreatment prevention program. Other current research investigates emotional availability and attachment in parent-child relationships. Dr. Easterbrooks' publications include chapters, research articles, and edited volumes on a range of topics, including: healthy social and emotional development in the context of psychosocial risk factors such as depression and trauma; father-child relationships in infancy and early childhood; the developmental course of parent-child attachment relationships; and promoting positive relationships in early education and care. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, where she chairs the Publications Committee; the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Currently she serves on the boards of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP), and the Massachusetts Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MassAIMH).
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