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Early Experiences Laboratory


In the Early Experiences Lab we are focused on studying 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 and prospective longitudinal designs to identify developmental trajectories and model risk and resilience. Recently, together with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), we have started a new follow-up study of infants exposed to opioids in-utero.

Team members

CFS - Social Media IconMichah Thomas

Research Assistant

Cailyn Ratliff

Research Assistant

Kevin Hodson

Research Assistant

Hillary N. Fouts
Former Co-DirectorWestern Oregon
Julia Jaekel
Former Co-Director

Recent Publications

Bader, L., Ward, J., Fouts, H., & Jaekel, J. (2020). Infant care practices among resettled refugee mothers from East and Central Africa. Children, 7(63). doi: 10.3390/children7060063.

Jaekel, J., Johnson, E. I., Reyes, L. M., Layton, K., & Harris, M. (2020, in press). Conducting research with families of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome: recommendations from rural Appalachia. Social Work Research.

Jaekel, J., Heuser, K.*, Zapf, A., Roll, C., Brevis Nuñez, F., Bartmann, P., Wolke, D., Felderhoff-Mueser, U., & Huening, B. (2020, in press). Preterm children’s long-term academic performance after adaptive computerized training: an efficacy and process analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Research.

Jaekel, J., Sorg, C., Breeman, L., Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Bäuml, J. G., & Wolke, D. (2020). Early regulatory problems and parenting: life-long risk, vulnerability or susceptibility for attention, internalizing and externalizing outcomes? European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.1007/s00787-020-01632-2.

Kajantie, E., Johnson, S., Heinonen, Kati., Anderson, P. J., Wolke, D., Evensen, K. A. I., Räikkönen, K., Darlow, B. A., van der Pal, S., Indredavik, M. S., Jaekel, J., Hovi, P., Morrison, K., Verrips, E., Doyle, L. W., & APIC Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration (2020, in press). Common core assessments in follow-up studies of adults born preterm – recommendation of the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

Reyes, L. M., Jaekel, J., Kreppner, J., Wolke, D., & Sonuga-Barke, E. (2020). A comparison of the effects of preterm birth and institutional deprivation on child temperament. Development and Psychopathology, 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419001457.