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Early Experiences Laboratory


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
Jessie Harris Building
Room 116/421
Julia Jaekel
Jessie Harris Building
Room 116/417
LaGraff, MelissaMelissa LaGraff

Research Assistant

Kayla Layton

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.