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Cathryn Booth-LaForce, Ph.D.

Professor of Family and Child Nursing
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
ibcb@uw.edu
206-543-8074
University of Washington
Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195-7920

Dr. Booth-LaForce

Dr. Booth-LaForce's primary research interest is the social-emotional development of children. In longitudinal projects that follow children from infancy to late adolescence, she investigates early and ongoing experiences in various contexts to examine how these experiences affect children's development, including typically developing children, those who are at risk for maladaptive outcomes, and those with developmental disabilities. From an attachment-theory perspective, she focuses particularly on the nature and quality of relationships with parents, peers, friends, and romantic partners. Contextual influences of the family, child-care, school, and out-of-school environments are central to her research.

Booth-LaForce is also leading randomized controlled trials of the Promoting First Relationships (PFR, developed by Dr. Jean Kelly) preventive intervention program in rural American Indian communities. PFR is a strengths-based program designed to improve sensitive and responsive caregiving and improve reflective functioning, thereby benefitting child development.


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