Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research interests & goals:
Jean-Louis Gariépy is a developmental psychobiologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gariépy’s current research focuses on the developmental emergence of regulative capacities in the child. He approaches this question from a multisystemic point of view that integrates the physiological, emotional, and behavioral aspects of regulative capacities, including the parent-child contextual factors that contribute to the acquisition of these capacities. This research requires attention to the child’s biological and dispositional factors––genetic, neuroendocrine, sympathetic/parasympathetic, and temperamental, as well as relational factors, including the quality of infant-mother attachment and parenting styles. He conducts this research in the context of the Durham Child Health and Development a, multi-level multi-method longitudinal study supported by the National Science Foundation. Along with Drs Gottllieb, Halpern, Calkins, and Propper he was responsible for the design and implementation of the biological aspect of this project. He brings to this endeavor expertise from his prior work that used mouse lines selectively bred for high and low levels of aggression to address questions pertaining to the integration of neurohormonal, behavioral and social-ecological processes over development and microevolution. Dr. Gariépy teaches courses in the history of psychology, on the evolution and development of biobehavioral systems, on social development, and child development.