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Early Experiences Laboratory

Introduction

In the Early Experiences Lab we are focused on studying and understanding the long-term effects of early life experiences in multiple and diverse contexts. Our collaborative research is international, interdisciplinary, and integrates a diverse array of methodological approaches. Many of our studies employ biopsychosocial approaches and prospective longitudinal designs to identify developmental trajectories and model risk and resilience.

Team members

Hillary N. Fouts
Co-Director
Jessie Harris Building
Room 116/421
hfouts@utk.edu
Julia Jaekel
Co-Director
Jessie Harris Building
Room 116/417
jjaekel@utk.edu
LaGraff, MelissaMelissa LaGraff

Research Assistant

Kayla Layton

Research Assistant

Beth Marion

Research Assistant

Wendy Mclean Cooke

Research Assistant

Lucia MirandaLucia Miranda Reyes

Research Assistant

Alex Tucker

Research Assistant

Marief Zaki

Research Intern


Recent Publications

Bader, L. R. & Fouts, H. N. (2019). Parents’ perceptions about infant emotions: A narrative cross-disciplinary systematic literature review. Developmental Review, 51, 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2018.11.003

Bader, L. R., Fouts, H. N., & Jaekel, J. (2019). Mothers’ feelings about infants’ negative emotions and mother-infant interactions among the Gamo of Southern Ethiopia. Infant Behavior and Development, 54, 22-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.09.005

Baumann, N.,  Jaekel, J., Breeman, L., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, J., Avram, M., Sorg, C., & Wolke, D. (2019). The association of infant regulatory problems and inhibitory control with attention regulation at school-age. Infancy, 24(5), 768-786. https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12305

Bäuml, J. G., Baumann, N.*, Avram, N., Bratec, S. M., Breeman, L., Berndt, M., Ayten, B., Jaekel, J., Wolke, D., & Sorg, C. (2019). The default mode network mediates the impact of infant regulatory problems on adult avoidant personality traits. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4(4), 333-342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2018.11.005

Bentley, R.A., Ruck, D.J., & Fouts, H. N. (2019, in press). The delayed effect of added sugars on U.S. obesity. Economics and Human Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2019.100818

Jaekel, J., Baumann, N.*, Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019). General cognitive but not mathematic abilities predict very preterm and healthy term born adults’ wealth. PLoS One, 14(3), e0212789. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0212789

Jaekel, N., Jaekel, J., Willard, J., & Leyendecker, B. (2019). No evidence for effects of Turkish immigrant children‘s bilingualism on executive functions. PLoS One. 14(1), e0209981. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0209981

Jaekel, J., Sorg, C.,  Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019).  Head growth and intelligence from birth to adulthood in very preterm and term born individuals. Journal of the International Neuro-psychological Society (JINS), 25(1), 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1017/S135561771800084X

McElrone, M., Colby, S.E., Moret, L., Kavanagh, K., Spence, M., Fouts, H. N., Ellington, A, & Payne, M. (2019). Barriers and facilitators to food security among adult Burundian and Congolese refugee females resettled in the US. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 58(3), 247-264. https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2019.1598981

Neitzel, C. L., Drennan, K. & Fouts, H. N. (2019). Immigrant and nonimmigrant children’s social interactions and peer responses in mainstream preschool classrooms. The Journal of Educational Research, 122(1), 46-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2018.1437529

Nichols, T., Jaekel, J., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019). Differential susceptibility effects of maternal sensitivity in childhood on small for gestational age adults’ wealth. Development and Psychopathology, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418001669

Reyes, L. M., Jaekel, J., Kreppner, J., Wolke, D., & Sonuga-Barke, E. (2019, in press).  A comparison of the effects of preterm birth and institutional deprivation on child temperament. Development and Psychopathology.

Reyes, L. M., Jaekel, J., & Wolke, D. (2019).  Effects of gestational age and early parenting on children’s social inhibition at 6 years. Children (Special Issue – Neurodevelopment of survivors born very preterm), 6(7), 81. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/children6070081

Salinas, D, Fouts, H. N., Neitzel, C. L., Bates-Fredi, D. R. (2019). Young children’s social networks in an informal urban settlement in Kenya. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(5), 639-658. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0022022119840443

Bader, L. R. & Fouts, H. N. (2018). Cultural models of infant emotions and needs among the Gamo people of Southern Ethiopia. Infant Mental Health Journal, 39(5), 497-510. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21734

Bilgin, A., Baumann, N., Jaekel, J., Breeman, L., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, J. G., Avram, M., Sorg, C., & Wolke, D. (2018).  Early crying, sleeping, and feeding problems and trajectories of attention problems from childhood to adulthood. Child Development.  https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13155

Breeman, L. D., Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, J. G., Avram, M., Sorg, C., & Wolke, D. (2018). Infant regulatory problems, parenting quality and childhood attention problems. Early Human Development, 124, 11-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.07.009

Hallam, R. A., Bargreen, K., Fouts, H. N., Lessard, L. & Skrobot, C. (2018). The use of infant confinement equipment in community-based child care centers: An analysis of centers participating in a statewide quality rating and improvement system. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(5), 694-701. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-018-2438-9

Heuser, K., Jaekel, J., & Wolke, D. (2018). Origins and predictors of friendships in 6- to 8-year old children born at neonatal risk. The Journal of Pediatrics, 193, 93-101.e105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.072

Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2018). Mood and anxiety disorders in very preterm/very low birth weight individuals from six to 26 years.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(1), 88-95. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12787

Jaekel, J., Johnson, S., et al. (2018). Follow-up and continuing care: Standards for meeting special schooling needs. In: European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. Brussels: EFCNI.

Jaekel, J. & Scott, M. (2018).  Preterm and low birth weight birth. In: S. Hunter & J. Donders (Eds.).  Neuropsychological Conditions across the Lifespan (pp. 2-23). Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, S., Jaekel, J., et al. (2018). Follow-up and continuing care: Standards for Mental Health Follow-up. In: European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. Brussels: EFCNI.