Associate ProfessorHDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.430
Research Areasdiversity and culture, health and biobehavioral processes, infancy and childhood, interpersonal relationships, parenting and caregiving
Syllabus HDF 313H Spring 2014 [pdf]
Syllabus HDF 358 Fall 2013 [pdf]
Ted Dix’s work examines parenting competence and its role in developmental risk in the first five to eight years of life. As a point of departure, it is concerned with moment-to-moment processing factors that regulate parents and children’s emotional states, parents’ ability to coordinate parent-child exchanges, and the tendency of the dyad to achieve mutual goals cooperatively. In many families, mothers’ depressive symptoms play a key role in such exchanges. A focal point of this work is understanding the complex factors that determine how and why depressive symptoms disrupt both parenting and diverse aspects of early socioemotional development.
Wang, Y., & Dix, T. (in press). Mothers’ early depressive symptoms predict children’s low social competence in first grade: Mediation by children’s social cognition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Dix, T., Moed, A., & Anderson, E. R. (2014). Mothers’ depressive symptoms predict both increased and reduced negative reactivity with children Aversion sensitivity and the regulation of emotion. Psychological Science, 25, i1353-1361.
Yan, N., & Dix, T. (2014). Mothers’ early depressive symptoms and children’s first-grade adjustment: A transactional analysis of child withdrawal as a mediator. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 495-504.
Dix, T., & Yan, N. (2014). Mothers’ depressive symptoms and infant negative emotionality in the prediction of child adjustment at age 3: Testing the maternal reactivity and child vulnerability hypotheses. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1111-124.
Wang, Y., & Dix, T. (2013). Patterns of depressive parenting: Why they occur and their role in early developmental risk. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 884-895.
Courses Recently Taught
HDF 313 – Child Development
HDF 358 – Parent-Child Relationships
HDF 398T – College Teaching
HDF 394 – Parent-Child Interaction