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Colleen Doyle

Doctoral Student
A.B. English, University of Chicago, 2007; M.F.A. Poetry, Boston University, 2010; Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Psychology, Columbia University, 2012; M.A., University of Minnesota, 2016

Interests: Attachment, stress, bio/neuropsychology, social/emotional development, developmental psychopathology, infancy, brain development

Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Track 


Colleen's research interests center on how women’s experiences during pregnancy may “get under the skin” of their developing children to influence their brain development, behavior, and health. Specifically, she is interested in how women experience and cope with stress during pregnancy, how fetal brain development establishes a foundation for brain and behavioral development in infancy and early childhood, and how to apply strategic early prevention efforts to identify and support maternal-fetal and maternal-infant dyads at risk for negative outcomes.

Selected Publications

  1. Doyle, C., & Cicchetti, D. (2017). From the cradle to the grave: The effect of adverse caregiving environments on attachment and relationships throughout the lifespan. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

    Doom, J. R., Doyle, C., & Gunnar, M.R. (2016) Social stress buffering by friends in childhood and adolescence: Effects on HPA and oxytocin activity. Social neuroscience.

    Gustafsson, H. C., Doyle, C., Gilchrist, M. A, Werner, E. A., & Monk, C. (2016). Maternal abuse history and reduced fetal heart rate variability: Maternal sleep disturbance is a mediator. Development and Psychopathology.

    Doyle, C., Werner, E., Feng, T., Lee, S., Altemus, M., Isler, J., & Monk, C. (2015) Pregnancy Distress Gets Under Fetal Skin: Maternal Ambulatory Assessment and Sex Differences in Prenatal Development. Developmental Psychobiology.