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Nancy L Hazen-Swann

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences


Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Research Interests

Dr. 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. She is also currently launching a new intervention project aimed at helping low-income mothers and grandmothers develop sensitive feeding practices with infants.

Recent Selected Publication

Poulsen, H., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. B. (2018). Parents’ prenatal joint attachment representations & early caregiving: the indirect role of prenatal marital affect. Attachment and Human Development. doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2018.1492003

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

Jin, M. K., Chung, U., & Hazen, N. (2017). Attachment representations of school-aged Korean children: comparing family drawing and narrative assessments in a clinical and a community sample. Attachment & Human Development, DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1371781

Wittenberg, B., Ansari, A., Beverung, L., 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, 1865–187. doi.org/10.1007/s1082

Powell, E., Frankel, L., Umemura, T., & Hazen, N. (2017). The relationship between adult attachment orientation and child self-regulation in eating: the mediating role of parental controlling feeding practices. Eating Behavior, 26, 121–128. doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2017.02.006

Murphy, S., Jacobvitz, D., Boyd-Soisson, E., & Hazen, N. (2017). Predicting children’s externalizing symptoms from dyadic and triadic measures of family systems. Family Relations. doi:10.1111/fare.12225

Gallegos, M., Murphy, S., Benner, A., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (I2017). Marital, parental, and whole-family predictors of toddlers’ emotion regulation: The role of parental emotional withdrawal. Journal of Family Psychology. 31(3), 294-303. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000245

Hou, Y., Kim, S. Y., Hazen, N., & Benner, A. (2016). Parents’ perceived discrimination and adolescent adjustment in Chinese American families. Child Development.doi:10.1111/cdev.12603

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 Development and Family Studies. 25, 1684-1690. doi.org/10.1007/s1082

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. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 1-16.

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, 1-16.

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 Development40, 73-83.

Hazen, N. L., Allen, S. D., Christopher, C. H., Umemura, T., & Jacobvitz, D. B. (2015). Very extensive nonmaternal care predicts mother–infant attachment disorganization: Convergent evidence from two samples. Development and Psychopathology, 27 (3), 649-661.

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(1), 102-114.

Saunders, R., McFarland-Piazza, L., Jacobvitz, D., Burton, R., & Hazen, N.  (2013). Maternal knowledge and behaviors regarding discipline: The effectiveness of a hands-on parent education program in positive guidance.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(3), 322-334.

Holmes, E. K., Sasaki, T., & Hazen, N. L. (2013). Smooth versus rocky transitions to parenthood: Family systems in developmental context. Family Relations62(5), 824-837.

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.

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.

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(1), 33-44.

Saunders, R., Jacobvitz, D., Zaccagnino, M., Beverung, L. M., & Hazen, N. (2011). Pathways to earned-security: The role of alternative support figures.  Attachment & Human Development13(4), 403-420.

Curren, M., Ogolsky, B., & Hazen, N., & Bosch, L. (2011). Understanding marital conflict 7 years later from prenatal representations of marriage. Family Process, 50, 221-234.

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.


HDF 351 Infant Development

HDF 345 Peer Relationships

HDF 313 Child Development



HDF 395 Child and Adolescent Development

HDF 394 Development of Children's Relationships