Cathi Propper, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research and Training, Senior Scientist
Cathi Propper is a Senior Scientist at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University in May of 2006. Dr. Propper’s program of research aims to examine the development of infant self-regulation from a behavioral and physiological perspective with a specific focus on the influence of the parent-child relationship. Her goal to better understand the associations between prenatal/postnatal experience and childhood self-regulation (social-emotional and cognitive) across behavioral, physiological, and environmental levels is driven by her perspective as a developmental scientist.
Dr. Propper is currently the Principal Investigator of two active NIH grants investigating the pathways between parent-child interactions, infant sleep, and subsequent social-emotional and cognitive development across the first year of life. For one of these, she examines these critical associations within a sample of infants exposed to nicotine during pregnancy. In addition, she has also extended this work to explore the way in which executive functioning (including attention, working memory, and inhibitory control) influences learning in the preschool classroom in conjunction with child behavior, relationships with teacher and peers, and child physiological responses in the natural classroom setting.
As the Associate Director for Training and Research at the CDS, Dr. Propper will be responsible for organizing the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) Proseminar Series and coordinating the CCHD training program, which will include mentoring current predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows as well as communicating with those who are interested in applying to our program.