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Nancy L Hazen-Swann

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences


Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

B.S. Psychology, University of Pittsburgh.

Ph.D. Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.

Diversity Statement:

My commitment to diversity infuses all aspects of my work at the University of Texas at Austin. In my teaching, I always include content on cultural, ethnic minority, and gender diversity, the influence of social environments (particularly contexts of poverty) on family interaction and child development, and the role of social inequities in child development. I am also very cognizant of how diversity in my students may affect their learning. For example, many of my students work long hours to afford their education, have learning disabilities, experience mental or physical health problems, or are experience other kinds of stress. I encourage them to come to me if they feel overwhelmed for any reason. I also am very supportive of students who need accommodations for disabilities, and I won the Faculty Appreciation Award from the UT Center for Students with Disabilities in 2018. In my research, I have mentored several ethnic minority and first-generation students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and helped them apply to graduate and professional schools. My current research project, in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Jacobvitz, Dr. Beth Widen, and Dr. Ladia Hernandez, is an intervention study aimed at fostering healthy and responsive infant feeding practices in low-income Latinx families. In this project, we are mentoring several Latinx graduate and undergraduate students as research assistants.


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. She will not be accepting new graduate students for 2020-2021.

Recent Selected Publication

Murphy, S., & Hazen, N. (In press). Teamwork makes the dream work: Interparental processes when coparenting two children. Family Relations.

Gallegos, M. I., Jacobvitz, D. B., & Hazen, N. L. (2020). Marital interaction quality over the transition to parenthood: the role of parents’ perceptions of spouses’ parenting. Journal of Family Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000656

Reisz, S., Aviles, A. I., Jacobvitz, D., Duschinsky, R., Hazen, N., & Messina, S. (2019). Fathers’ attachment representations and infant feeding practices. Appetite, 142, doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.104374

Gallegos, M., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2019). Parents’ perceptions of their spouses’ parenting and infant temperament as predictors of parenting and coparenting. Journal of Family Psychology. 33(5), 542.

Messina, S., Reisz, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. B. (2019). Not just about food: Attachment representations and maternal feeding practices in infancy. Attachment and Human Development. 21(6), 597-615. doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2019.1600153

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.

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