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

Hazen, N., Allen, S., Umemura, T., Christopher, C., & Jacobvitz, D. (In press). Very extensive nonmaternal care predicts infant attachment disorganization: Convergent evidence from two samples. Development & Psychopathology.

Holmes, E., K., Sasaki, T., & Hazen, N. (2013). Serving new parents better: Predictors of a smooth versus rocky transition to parenthood. Family Relationships, 62, 824-837.

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, 102-114.

Christopher, C., Saunders, R., Jacobvitz, D., Burton, R., & Hazen, N. (2013).  Maternal empathy and changes in mothers’ permissiveness as predictors of toddlers’ early social competence with peers: A parenting intervention study.  Journal of Child and Family Studies. 22, 769-778.

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.

Courses Recently Taught

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


HDF 395 – Child and Adolescent Development
HDF 394 – Development of Close Relationships from Infancy through Adolescence.