Deborah E. Laurin

A photo of Deborah Laurin.

Assistant Professor

Teacher Education

314G John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
  • M.Ed., Antioch New England University
  • BA, University of Victoria


Debbie's research focuses on the caregiving routines in infant and toddler non-parental care settings and infant/toddler caregiver's respectful, responsive, child-centered interactions that support child well-being and involvement. Debbie is also the chair of research for Pikler USA.

Selected Publications

  • Treat, A. E., Sheffield, Morris, Amy C., Williamson, A. C., Hays-Grudo, J. and Laurin, D. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences, parenting, and child executive function, Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1353978
  • Laurin, D., and Goble, C. (forthcoming July, 2018). A wider world view of diapering routines: The Pikler approach enhancing the caregiver-child relationship, interactions, cooperation, communication, and development. Young Children.
  • Laurin, D. (2017, January). Diapering at Loczy: "Inspiration not replication." Pikler Loczy USA, 10–11.
  • Laurin, D. E. (in press). One diaper at a time: Re-envisioning diaper change routines with infants and toddlers. ZERO-TO-THREE.
  • Goble, C., and Laurin, D. (2016). Creating career pathways and infusing infant mental health into early care and education profession development. ZERO-TO-THREE, 37, (1), 23–27.
  • Castle, S., Williamson, A., Young, E., Stubblefield, J., Laurin, D., Pearce, N. (2016). Teacher-child interactions in Early Head Start classrooms: Associations with teacher characteristics. Early Education and Development, 27, 259–274.


  • ECE 314 Infants and Toddlers: Development, Curriculum and Programs
  • ECE 307 Diverse Child, Families, and Communities
  • ECE 303 Implementing the Curriculum
  • EDPS 325 Lifespan Development

Selected Presentation

International Presentations

  • Laurin, D. (May 29–June 2, 2016). Caregiver-child interactions: Types of talk during diapering. Presented at the 2016 World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Treat, A., Morris, A., Hays-Grudo, J., Williamson, A., Laurin, D. (May 29–June 2, 2016). Adverse childhood experiences, parenting and young children's executive function. Presented at the 2016 World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Williamson, A. C., and Laurin, D. (April 8–11, 2015). Caregiver-Infant Interactions in Child Care International Infant and Toddler Conference, Tulsa Oklahoma

National Presentations

  • Laurin, D. (February 10, 2018). Responsive interactions with infants and toddlers. Waldorf Early Childhood Conference of North America (WECAN). Spring Valley, New York.
  • Laurin, D. (October 28, 2017). The Pikler approach, proximal processes, and child care theory: Re-envisioning infant and toddler diapering practices for nurturing the relationship. Where Pikler meets neuroscience Pikler/USA Conference, Los Angeles, California.
  • Laurin, D. (April 8, 2017). Fingerplays, verses, and movement games: The musicality of infants and toddlers. International Infant and Toddler Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Laurin, D. (April 6, 2017). Navajo saying: The sacred begins at the tip of the tongue. communicating with infants and toddlers. International Infant and Toddler Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Laurin, D. (April 18, 2016). Types of Talk in care routines. Accepted for presentation at University of Oklahoma Research forum. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Laurin, D., and Guss, S. (February 11–13, 2016). Slowing down for sleep: A Pikler approach to respectful routines. Presentation at the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Laurin, D. E. (November 13–15, 2014). The Infant’s Quest: Meaning Beyond Attachment. Presented at the Oklahoma Early Childhood Leadership Conference, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.