Nancy L. Hazen-Swann



HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.422
Lab: SEA 4.418


Office: 512-471-1261
Lab: 512-471-1740
Fax: 512-475-8662



Research Interests

Nancy Hazen’s current research primarily examines how parenting and family relationships affect the development of young children’s emotional and social competence. This longitudinal research focuses especially on the role of fathers in the family system, addressing issues such as how fathers function as attachment figures, how fathers and mothers function as a co-parenting system, and how fathers and mothers jointly, as well as separately, affect their children’s development. A secondary focus of her research is preschool peer relationships. She uses observational methods to investigate developmental and gender differences in young children’s communication skills and peer exclusion.

Select Publications

Fanger, S. M., Frankel, L. A., & Hazen, N. (2012).  Peer exclusion in preschool children’s play: Naturalistic observations in a playground setting.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 58(2), 224-254.

Sasaki, T., Hazen, N., and Swann, W. B.  (2010). The supermom trap: Involved dads foster marital satisfaction but erode mom’s self-esteem.  Personal Relationships, 17, 71-79.

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.

Curran, M., Hazen, N., & Mann, T. (2009).  Husbands’ and wives’ expectations of parenthood and representations of the parents’ marriage as predictors of coparenting across the transition to parenthood.  Parenting: Science and Practice, 9, 101–122

Curran, M., Hazen, N., Jacobvitz, D. and Sasaki, T. (2006). How representations of the parental marriage predict marital emotional attunement during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 477-484

Courses Recently Taught

HDF 351 – Infant Development
HDF 345 – Peer Relationships
HDF 313 & HDF 113L – Child Development & Child Development Laboratory

HDF 395.1 – Theories and Issues in Human Development and Family Sciences
HDF 394 – Development of Close Relationships from Infancy through Adolescence.