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JACOBVITZ, DEBORAH B

Deborah B Jacobvitz

Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professor in Child Development
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

Phyllis L. Richards Endowed Professorship in Child Development

Dr. Jacobvitz is accepting new Ph.D. students for Fall 2023. Application deadline is December 1, 2022.
debj@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-4276

Office Location
SEA 2.414

Postal Address
108 E DEAN KEETON ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

B.S.,   University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development 

Research Interests

Deborah Jacobvitz specializes in the field of parenting and social and emotional development in children.  Her research focuses on the links between family relationships, emotions, health, and development, with a particular focus on the transmission of caregiving across generations, attachment security across the life course and the effects of marital conflict on children's well being. Her studies address how early caregiving experiences shape how we remember, organize and perceive information and the relationships we form with others.  In her work, Dr. Jacobvitz is interested in developing interventions to help families and children in need of support. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, St. David's Foundation, the Hudson Foundation, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Egg Nutrition Center and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

 

Diversity and Inclusion 

I am committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion as evidenced in my research and teaching. In collaboration with Drs. Widen and Hernandez, I created a responsive and sensitivity feeding intervention for underserved Latinx families.  We recruited nearly all of our families from Community Health Clinics committed to strengthening the health and well-being of our communities, while breaking down barriers to equitable access to care. We are also  developed a new assessments of caregiver sensitivity that takes into account Latinx cultural values of famismo and respeto. 

In the classroom, I strive to build an inclusive and equitable/fair community for all students. I do this in several ways.  I encourage students to share and listen to alternative points of view by posing open-ended questions and by using a variety of teaching strategies.  For example, for one activity in my undergraduate course, Theories of Child and Human Development, students formed small groups and each group was assigned a different theoretical perspective to apply to an issue discussed that week--the effects on young children of being separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border. This led to a larger class discussion of implicit biases underlying theories and the need to re-examine our own biases and stereotypes with the goal of cultivating an openness to multiple viewpoints. 

Current Grants

 Dates: 11/02/2020 – 5/02/2023

Title: Mother and careGivers Investing in Children (MAGIC): A family-based intervention for promoting optimal infant feeding and development. Egg Nutrition Center (ENC)

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Elizabeth Widen, Deborah Jacobvitz and Ladia Hernandez

 

Dates: 9/15/2022 – 9/14/2024

Title:  Role of beef in healthy dietary patterns across infancy and effects on growth, motor, self-regulation and neurocognitive development.  National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA)

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Elizabeth Widen, Deborah Jacobvitz and Ladia Hernandez

 

Past Grants:

Dates: 1/01/2020 – 8/31/2022

Title: A family-based intervention for promoting optimal infant feeding and
development, National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA)

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Elizabeth Widen, Deborah Jacobvitz and Ladia Hernandez

 

Dates: 9/1/2019 – 9/30/2020

Title: Promoting positive parent feeding practices and healthy eating in young children: An interventoin Guidebook, St. David’s Foundation Opportunity Grant

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Nancy Hazen, Ladia Hernandez, and Elizabeth Widen

 

Dates: 10/1/2017 – 8/31/2020

Title: Promoting positive parent feeding practices and healthy eating in young children: The unique role of grandparents, St. David’s Foundation Opportunity Grant

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Nancy Hazen, Ladia Hernandez and Elizabeth Widen

 

 Dates: 1/1/2017 – 5/31/2018

Title: Disorganized attachment in contemporary Attachment Theory: A critical analysis of paradigms, debates and applications, Wellcome Trust.

Investigators:  Robert Duschinsky (PI) and Deborah Jacobvitz (subcontract)

 

Dates: 1/1/2014 – 1/31/2018

Title: Project OPEN: Fostering social and emotional development in young children, RGK Foundation.

Principle Investiagor:  Deborah Jacobvitz 

 

Dates: 6/15/2008 – 8/31/2010

Title: Parent training in positive guidance: Stability and change in parental attitudes

about discipline and children’s social and emotional competence. Texas Methodist Foundation.

Mutiple Principle Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Rachel Saunders and Nancy Hazen

 

Dates: 9/1/2006 – 8/31/2007

Title: Risk and resilience: Overcoming harsh early parenting, Hudson Foundation.

Principle Investigators: Nancy Hazen and Deborah Jacobvitz

 

Dates: 7/1/2004 – 6/30/2007

Title: Parental Models of Attachment and Caregiving, National Science Foundation (#DBS-9212990)

Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz and Nancy Hazen

Selected Publications 

Aviles, A. I., Reisz, S., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2022). Maternal experiences of childhood psychological maltreatment: Relations with toddler emotional regulation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships39(7), 2022–2044. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221074382

Forslund, T., Granqvist, P., van Ijzendoorn, M., Sagi-Schwartz, A.,Glaser, D… Jacobvitz, D…, & Duschinsky, R. (2022).Attachment goes to court: For best interests of the child to good enough care. Attachment & Human Development.11, 1-52. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2020.1840762

Hunter, K.E., Johnson, B.J., Askie, L., Golley R.K., Baur, L.A….Jacobvitz, D.J. and Transforming Obesity Prevention for CHILDren (TOPCHILD) Collaboration (2022). Transforming obesity prevention for CHILDren (TOPCHILD) Collaboration protocol for a systematic review with individual participant data meta-analysis of behavior interventions and prevention of early childhood obesity. BMJ, 12 (1). doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048166. PMID: 35058256 

Jacobvitz, D., Aviles, A. I., Aquino, G. A., Tian, Z., Zhang, S., & Hazen, N. (2022). Fathers’ sensitivity in infancy and externalizing problems in middle childhood: The role of coparenting. Frontiers in Psychology, 63. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.805188

DeMartini, S.E., Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D.B., Hazen, N.L. (2021). Toddlers’ Emotional Overregulation: Relations with Temperament and Family Emotional Climate. Family Relations, 70, 1073-1089. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12580

Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2021). The nature and developmental origins of attachment in adulthood (pp. 46-52). In R. A. Thompson, J. A. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.), Attachment: The fundamental questions. New York, NY: Guilford.

Hazen, N. L., Aviles, A. I., Gallegos, M. I., Poulsen, H. B., Tian, Z., & Jacobvitz, D.  (2020). The prenatal couple relationship: Relations with postnatal family dynamics and child outcomes. In R. Kuersten-Hogan & J.P. McHale & R. (Eds.), Prenatal family dynamics: Couple and coparenting relationships during and postpregnancy. New York: Springer.

Duschinsky, R., Jacobvitz, D., & Peake, L., & Messina, S. (2020). An extraordinary pernicious influence: The discursive figure of the spoiling grandmother before 1937.  Journal of Family History, 45, 158-171 https://doi.org/10.1177/0363199019865924

Messina, S., Reisz, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2020).  Not Just About Food: Attachments Representations and to Maternal Feeding Practices in Infancy, Attachment and Human Development, 22, 514-5339https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2019.1600153=

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, 34(6), 766–772. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000656

Hazen, N. L., Aviles, A. I., Gallegos, M. I., Poulsen, H. B., Tian, Z., & Jacobvitz, D.  (2020). The prenatal couple relationship: Relations with postnatal family dynamics and child outcomes. In R. Kuersten-Hogan & J.P. McHale & R. (Eds.), Prenatal Family Dynamics: Couple and Coparenting Relationships during Pregnancy and Postpregnancy. New York: Springer.

Verhage, M. L., Schuengel, C., Duschinsky, R., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Fearon, R. P., Madigan, S., ... Jacobvitz, D....& Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis. (2020). The Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis (CATS): A Move to the Level of Individual-Participant-Data Meta-Analysis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(2), 199-206.

Gallegos, M., Jacobvitz, D., Sasaki, T., & Hazen, N. (2019). Parents’ perceptions of their spouses’ parenting and infant temperament as predictors of parenting and coparenting.  Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 542—553.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000530.

Jacobvitz, D. & Reisz, S. (2019).  Disorganized and Unresolved states in adulthood.  Current Opinions in Psychology, 25, 172-176.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.06.006.

Poulsen, H.B., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz, D. (2019). Parents’ joint attachment representations and caregiving:  The moderating role of marital quality. Attachment and Human Developmet. 21:6, 597-615.  https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2018.1492003

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

Brazeau, N, Reisz, S., Jacobvitz, D, & George, C. (2018). Understanding the connection between attachment trauma and maternal self-efficacy in depressed mothers. Infant Mental Health Journal.39,30-43. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21692.

Freeland-Graves, J.H., Sachdev, P., & Jacobvitz, D.B., (2018). Role of grandparents in childhood obesity during first two years of life.  Journal of Nutrition Health and Food Science. 6, 1-11. Doi: 10.15226/jnhfs.2018.001141.

Jacobvitz, D. (2018).  Dismissing Avoidant Attachment. In M.H. Bornstein (Ed)., The Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Reisz, S., Brennan, J., Jacobvitz, D. & George, C. (2018). Adult attachment and birth experience: Importance of secure base and save haven during childbirth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2018.1509303.

Verhage, M.L., Fearon, P., Schuengel, C., van Ijzendoorn, M.H., Bakersmans-Kanenburg…Jacobvitz, D...& Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis. (2018). Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta‐analysis. Child Development, 89, 2023-2037 https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13085

Gallegos, M.I., & Murphy, S.E., Benner, A.D., Jacobvitz, D.B., & Hazen, N.L. (2017). Marital, parental, and whole family predictors of toddler emotion regulation: The role of parental emotional withdrawal. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(3), 294-303.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000245

Murphy, S.E., Boyd-Soisson, Jacobvitz, D.B., & Hazen, N.L (2017). Dyadic and Triadic Family Interactions as Simultaneous Predictors of Children’s Externalizing Behaviors. Family Relations, 66, 346-359.DOI:10.1111/fare.12225.

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

Pehr, G., Sroufe, L.A., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M, van IJzendoorn, Jacobvitz, D…Duschinsky, R. (2017). Disorganized attachment in infancy:  A review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers. Attachment and Human Development19,534-558DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1354040 

Wittenberg, D., Beverung, L., Ansari, A., 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,26,1865-1874. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-017-0713-9

Beverung, L. & Jacobvitz, D. (2016). Women’s retrospective experiences of bereavement:  Predicting unresolved attachment. Journal of Death and Dying, 73, 126-140. DOI: 10.1177/0030222815575897.

Lyons-Ruth, K., & Jacobvitz, D. (2016). Attachment Disorganization from Infancy to Adulthood: Neurobiological Correlates, Parenting Contexts, and Pathways to Disorder. In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (eds.), Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

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 and Family Studies, 25, 1684-1690. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0321-5.

Presentations at National and International Conferences:

Jacobvitz, D., Aquino, G., Tian, Z., Foster, S., Hernandez, L., & Widen, E. (2022, July 14-16). Familismo, Triads and Virtual Collection.  In A. Rifkin-Graboi (Chair), “Should we try for consistency? Questions arising when observing attachment across caregivers, settings, and/or collection modes.” International Attachment Conference, Biennial meeting of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, Lisbon, Portugal.

Maclaine, B., Zhang, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2022, July 14-16). Fathers’ Attachment Representations: Deleterious effects of idealization of the father on marital quality and caregiving. International Attachment Conference, Biennial meeting of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, Lisbon, Portugal.

Shelton, M., Tian, Z., Zhang, S., Hazen, N., Leit, L. & Jacobvitz, D. (2022, July 14-16). Conversational narcissism in couple relationships: Effects on caregiver sensitivity over the transition to parenthood. International Attachment Conference, Biennial meeting of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, Lisbon, Portugal.

Jacobvitz, D., Zhang, S. & Tian, Z. (2022, April). Covid-19 related stressors and women’s alcohol consumption: Effects of resilience and parenting stress, Waggoner Center Advance, The University of Texas at Austin.

Reasonover, M., Vilamor, M., Tian, Z., Jacobvitz, D., & Nicholson, J. (2022, March 23-26). Relations between Mothers’ Emotion Regulation, Stress, and Depression during COVID-19. Paper presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Hilton Head, SC.

*Aquilar, D., *Aviles, A., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, August 27).  Continuity and change in paternal caregiving qualities: The role of prenatal marital quality and mothers’ perceptions of father’s parenting. Paper presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, Virtual Conference.

*Aviles, A.I., Reisz, S. Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2021, August 27). The effects of childhood emotional abuse on perceptions of marital relationships. In A.I. Aviles (Chair). From dyads to families: How previous relationships influence family functioning. International Association for Relationship Research, London.

Jacobvitz, D. (2021, August 27). Discussant for symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, Virtual Conference.

Jacobvitz, D., *Zhang, S., Hazen, N. & *Tian, Z. (2021, August 7). Early adversity increases parents vulnerability to COVID-19-related stress: Effects on parenting competence and child well-being. Paper presented at the virtual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

*Tian, Z., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, August 27). The origins of triadic family interaction: The role of joint attachment with both parents and marital quality. Paper presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, Virtual Conference.

*Zhang, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, August 27). Attachment styles and perceptions of partners parenting predict trust over the transition to parenthood. Paper presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, Virtual Conference.

*Tian, Z., Hazen, N., & Nicholson-Bell, J, & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, August 7). Predictors of alcohol use during COVID-19 pandemic: The role of parent- adult child relationships. Paper presented at the virtual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

*Aviles, A.I., *Reisz, S. *Tian, Z., *Zhang, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, June 25). Antecedents and consequences of early role reversal in parent-child relationships. Special Interest Research Group on Father-Child Attachment and Relationships, Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies.  

*Aquino, G., *Aviles, A., *Tian, Z., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, April 7-9). Examining longitudinal influences of prenatal marital quality on children’s ADHD symptomatology through fathers’ parenting quality. Flash talk presented at the Virtual Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. 

*Aviles, A., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, April 7-9). The Effects of Emotional Abuse on Maternal Depression over the Transition to Parenthood.  Flash talk presented at the Virtual Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.  

*Zhang, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, April 7-9). Trust and Caregiving Over the Transition to Parenthood: Role of Adult Attachment and Partner’s Parenting. Flash talk presented at the Virtual Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.  

*Panisch, L. S., Hazen, N.  & Jacobvitz, D. (2021, January 19-22). Exploring longitudinal relationships among maternal trauma history, attachment security, and parenting behaviors with infants. Society for Social Work Research annual conference, San Francisco, CA. 

*Aquilar, D., Aviles, A., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2020).  Continuity and change in paternal caregiving qualities: The role of prenatal marital quality and mothers’ perceptions of father’s parenting. Paper to be presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, London.

*Tian, Z., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2020).  The origins of triadic family interaction: The role of joint attachment with both parents and marital quality.  Paper to be presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, London.

*Zhang, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2020).  Attachment styles and perceptions of partners parenting predict trust over the transition to parenthood. Paper to be presented in the symposia, From Dyads to Families: How previous relationship influence family functioning. International Association of Relationship Research, London.

Aviles, A.I., Hazen, N., &  Jacobvitz , D. (2019, July). Antecedents and consequences of early parent-child role reversal and relations with toddler autonomy. Paper presented in the symposia, Parent-Child Separation at the Border: Lessons from Attachment Theory. International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Jacobvitz, D. (2019, July). Attachment and Caregiving within the Family Context. Organizer and Chair/Discussion for Symposia at the International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Jacobvitz, D. (2019, July). Trauma at the border: Psychological impact of parent-child separation. Paper presented in the symposia, Parent-Child Separation at the Border: Lessons from Attachment Theory. International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

*Poulsen, H., Hazen, N., &  Jacobvitz , D. (2019, July). Parents’ joint attachment representations predict triadic family interaction quality across the transition to parenthood.  Paper presented in the symposia, Parent-Child Separation at the Border: Lessons from Attachment Theory. International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

*Tian, Z., Hazen, N., &  Jacobvitz , D. (2019, July). Understanding the experiences of young children separated at the United States-Mexico border.  Paper presented in the symposia, Parent-Child Separation at the Border: Lessons from Attachment Theory. International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Aviles, A., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N.  (2019, March).  Maternal Experiences of Childhood Emotional Abuse: Relations with Toddler Emotion Dysregulation.  Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD:  

*Barton, J., Nicholson, & Jacobvitz, D. (2019). Parents’ Intentions to Improve Child Dietary Intake and Physical Activity: The Role of Stress and Nutrition Knowledge.   Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Jacobvitz, D. (2019, July). Trauma at the border: Psychological impact of parent-child separation. In symposia, Parent-Child Separation at the Border: Lessons from Attachment Theory.  International Attachment Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Jacobvitz, D., *Reisz, S., Aviles, A., & Hazen, N. (2019, March). Maternal frightening behavior over the first two years predicts children’s later emotional and behavior problems. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

*Panisch, D., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz., D. (2019, March).  Exploring Longitudinal Relations Between Mother’s Adult Attachment Security, Dissociation, and Children’s Depressive Symptoms.  Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

*Reisz, S., Hazen, N. & Jacobvitz, D. (2019, March). Stability of Adult Attachment Across the Transition to Motherhood. Paper to be presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

*Reisz, S., Aviles, A., *Messina, S., Duschinksky, R. Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2019, February). More soup for you? Fathers' attachment representations and infant feeding practices.  Texas Council on Family Relations. Austin, TX.

 *Barton, J.M., Nichols, J.S., Burke-LeFever, J., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, November). Assessing the stability of nutrition biomarkers in two at-risk samples National Council on Family Relations. Florida.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April). The Role of Attachment on Children’s Social Cognitive Processes and Social Behaviors. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April).  Mother- and father-infant attachment as predictors of child anxiety disorder symptoms. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, June). Prediction of Behavior Problems in Middle Childhood: The role of mothers’ Frightening/Anomalous behavior over the first two years.  Paper presented in the invited symposia: “Disorganized Attachment: New Findings and Theoretical Developments”. The 8th International Attachment Conference, London.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, February).  The Mechanism of transmission of Attachment Disorganization across Generations.  18th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference: Clinical Application of Attachment Theory and Research. The Children’s Center, Salt Lake City Utah.

Jacobvitz, D. (2017, January). Attachment Disorganization: Pathways and predisposing factors. Duchinsky, R. (Organizer). Disorganized Infant Attachment Conference, Berkeley, California. 

*Messina, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April).  Do all the roads lead to Rome? Investigating pathways leading to children’s development of anxious depression and ADHD symptoms.
 Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Murphy, S., Gallegos, M.I., Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April). 
Marital, parent-child, and whole-family predictors of toddler’s adaptive emotion regulation, underregulation, and overregulation. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

*Reisz, S., Hazen, N., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, April). Stability and change of unresolved loss and trauma across the transition to parenthood. In Carol George (Chair) Attachment and caregiving dysregulation: Associations with the parent and child outcomes. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

*Poulsen, H.,  Jacobvitz, D., Hazen, N. (2017, April). Parents' Joint Attachment Representations & Caregiving: The Mediating Role of Marital Quality. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Teaching:

Undergraduate           Child Development 

                                    Development and Psychopathology

                                    Infant and Toddler Development

                                    Infant Development and Attachment Relationships

                                    Family Relationships

                                    Theories of Child and Family Development

Graduate:                    Attachment Across the Life Cycle

                                    Attention & Behavior Problems in Children

                                    Child & Adolescent Development

                                    Intergenerational Parenting

                                    Family Interaction and Development

                                    Social and Personality Development

                                    Teaching in the 21st Century

Dr. Jacobvitz is accepting new Ph.D. students for Fall 2023. Application deadline is December 1, 2022 for the Human Development and Family Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin. Please inquire directly with Dr. Jacobvitz at debj@austin.utexas.edu.