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In the News
press coverage & interviews
What is inner child work?
I spoke with TIME about the importance of addressing childhood trauma for thriving as an adult.
Why breakups hurt
An interview about how to heal from the pain of a relationship breakup
Support systems for loss & grief
A podcast with Kyle McMachon about grief, love, and the importance of social support.
Debunking parenting extremes
I spoke with Parade Magazine about how "commando parenting" harms children's emotional health.
The benefits of gratitude
An interview with Well+Good about the effects of gratitude journaling
Building a secure bond with your baby
An interview with actionable tips for parents to foster secure attachment
Can you spoil a newborn with love?
An interview addressing the age-old question (and myth).
The Mental Wellbeing Show
In this podcast, I talk to Indi Dissanayake about the science of relationships — and how each of us can become more secure.
The Importance of Recognizing Happiness
A research feature for The Conversation on mothers' ability to recognize happiness — and why it matters for babies.
Supporting Sandwich Generation Caregivers
An interview with Parents Magazine about the mental load of caregivers with young children and aging parents
"Mom Gets Me"
A research brief on the power of parents' empathy and reflection for SPSP's Context & Character blog.
Why Emotion Perception Matters for Parenting
Our new study shows how moms' emotion perception matters for parenting. (Featured in UVA Today)
How to Build Emotional Intimacy
A conversation with Oprah Daily about how to strengthen relationships through emotional intimacy.
Race, Relationships, and Teen Mental Health
How do racial identity, racism, and attachment style shape teens' depression? Our research was featured by YouthNex.
The Importance of Validating Children's Emotions
An interview with Psych Central on the importance (and challenge) of validating our children's emotions.
Spotting Childhood Trauma
How can parents spot the complex signs of emotional trauma in kids? An interview with Psych Central.
The Power of Touch
Science commentary for Fortune Magazine on a new study of hugs, stress, and gender
Relationship Changes & Anxiety
An interview with MEL Magazine about why we feel anxious when others' behavior toward us suddenly shifts.
Podcast: Attachment Styles
An interview with host Justine Lee about attachment styles. Listen to the Bring Your Own Baggage podcast.
Raising Respectful Boys
A conversation with Scary Mommy about nurturing boys' curiosity, humility, and respect for others.
Ambiguous Loss & Resilience
An interview with Psych Central about grief, ambiguity, art, and resilience.
Parenting Kids Who Care
Our research with teens and their families was featured in UVA's alumni magazine.
Roots of Teens' Empathy
CNN's Science & Wellness desk covered our work on the importance of teens' relationships.
"Paying It Forward" in Friendships
In this research brief for The Conversation, I write about how teens who receive supportive care 'pay it forward' with their friends.
Support in Teen Friendships
Learn more about how teens give and receive support in close friendships in Science Times.
"Science is not finished until it is communicated"
- Mark Walport
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