Research Goals and Interests:

Mairin’s research focuses on the contributions of temperament and early parenting experiences on children’s socioemotional and self-regulatory development. Specifically, she is interested in how children’s temperamental predispositions alter the influence of specific parenting qualities and behaviors on these developmental outcomes, and what parenting behaviors and interactive contexts are most informative in predicting positive outcomes in children of differing temperamental characteristics and types. To date she has utilized behavioral observations and parent-report data from longitudinal studies to examine temperament-based influences of parenting behavior in varying interactive contexts on children’s moral behavior, approach to novelty, behavioral regulation, and behavior problems.

As a CCHD postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science, Mairin plans to incorporate parental individual differences into these patterns by utilizing reported, behavioral, and physiological measures of maternal and child functioning from the Triad Child Study. She will investigate if maternal characteristics and reactive/regulatory tendencies interact with infant temperament to predict parenting relevant to self-regulatory development, as well as how maternal and child characteristics interact and/or transact in the first years of life to predict child regulation and behavior problems. She hopes to accomplish this by applying varying developmental and/or mixture modeling techniques to the longitudinal data collected in this study.



Augustine, M. E., Moding, K. J., & Stifter, C. A. (in press). Predicting toddler temperamental approach-withdrawal: Contributions of early approach tendencies, parenting behavior, and contextual novelty. Journal of Research in Personality (special issue on Child Personality).

Murphy, T. P., Laible, D., Augustine, M., & Robeson, L. (2015). Attachment’s links with social emotions: The roles of negative emotionality and emotion regulation. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 312-329.

Augustine, M. E., & Stifter, C. A. (2015). Parenting, temperament, and moral development: Specificity of behavior and context. Social Development, 24, 285-303.

Laible, D., Carlo, G., Murphy, T. P., Augustine, M., & Roesch, S. (2014). Predicting children’s prosocial and co-operative behaviors from negative emotionality and self-regulation: A person-centered approach. Social Development, 23, 734-752.

Laible, D., Murphy, T., & Augustine, M. (2014). Adolescents’ aggressive and prosocial behaviors: Links with social information processing, negative emotionality, moral affect, and moral cognition. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175, 270-286.