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Jamie Lawler

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lawler 2018 301F Science Complex




Post-doctoral Fellowship - University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Internship - Hennepin County Medical Center
Ph.D. (Developmental Psychopathology & Clinical Science) University of Minnesota 
M.A. (Child Psychology) University of Minnesota
B.A. (Psychology) Emory University

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Jamie Lawler is a clinical and developmental psychologist with expertise in early adversity, parenting, and self-regulation. Her research program is grounded in developmental psychopathology and focuses on the impact of early life stress on the socioemotional development of children. She has a particular interest in the development of self-regulation, parent-child relationship factors that promote resilience, and interventions to support positive development in high-risk children. Her work examines developmental processes at multiple levels of analysis, incorporating biomarkers of stress, dyadic parent-child interactions, and environmental influences on parenting and child development. Her current research projects include: 1) A collaborative evaluation of the Michigan Infant Mental Health Home Visiting program, and 2) A longitudinal study of the connections between self-regulation and psychopathology in children. She recently conducted an intervention study examining the effect of executive function training and mindfulness-based interventions on school-aged children’s self-regulation.

Her teaching interests include developmental psychology, child and adolescent treatment, and developmental psychopathology.

Selected Publications

Rosenblum, K. L., Lawler, J. M., Alafara, E., Miller, N., Schuster, M., & Muzik, M. (in press) Improving Maternal Representations in High-Risk Mothers: Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Mom Power Parenting Intervention. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Lawler, J. M., Koss, K. J., & Gunnar, M. R. (2017). Bidirectional effects of parenting and child behavior in internationally adopting families. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(5), 563-573.

Lawler, J. M., Rosenblum, K., Muzik, M., Ludtke, M., Weatherston, D., & Tableman, B. (2017) A Collaborative Process for Evaluating Infant Mental Health Home Visiting in Michigan. Psychiatric Services, 68(6), 535-538.

Lawler, J. M., Koss, K., Doyle, C., & Gunnar, M. R. (2016) The course of early disinhibited social engagement among post-institutionalized children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(10), 1126-1134.

Lawler, J. M., Karaketin, C., & Gehrman, R. (2016). Maltreated Children and Their Families in Juvenile Court: II. Maltreatment Recidivism. Journal of Public Child Welfare. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2016.1141151

Raby, K. L., Lawler, J. M., Shlafer, R. J., Hesemeyer, P. S., Collins, W. A., & Sroufe, L. A. (2015). The interpersonal antecedents of supportive parenting: A prospective   longitudinal study from infancy to adulthood. Developmental Psychology.    http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038336

Lawler, J. M., Hostinar, C. E., Milner, S., & Gunnar, M. R. (2014) Disinhibited Social Engagement in Post-Institutionalized Children: Differentiating Normal from Atypical Behavior. Development and Psychopathology 26(2), 451-464.

Lab Information

The Self-regulation, Early Experience, and Development (SEED) lab is located in 348 MJ Science Complex. Lab website coming soon! We also collaborate closely with Dr. Alissa Huth-Bocks and the Parenting Project.  Contact Dr. Lawler with questions.