Stifter-Cynthia

Cynthia Stifter

Professor, HDFS

236 HHD Building
814-865-2666
tvr@psu.edu

Biography

Cynthia's research is on socio-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschool children with an emphasis on the development of, and individual differences in, infant emotional reactivity and the ability to regulate emotion. Specifically, she has been investigating how the child’s temperament, physiological make-up, and parenting environment, each contribute to the emergence of the self-regulation of the emotions. More recently, she has become interested in the application of temperament and emotion regulation to physical health. She is collaborating with others to examine the impact of temperament and parental soothing strategies on childhood obesity. Her lab is also studying the importance of positive affect in regulating negative emotions and encouraging exploration of the environment. 

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