Dr. Brophy-Herb studies how: 1) parents/teachers socialize very young children’s emotions; 2) emotions socialization practices vary according to characteristics such as family climate, culture, and adults’ reflective capacity; and, 3) emotion socialization practices relate to early social-emotional development. She is also interested in how child/family processes relate to children’s self-regulation in mealtime contexts and obesity risks. Her work informs the development of intervention and training models in family and childcare contexts. Dr. Brophy-Herb’s Building Early Emotion Skills curriculum with MSU Extension has garnered national attention.  Dr. Brophy-Herb is Associate Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal, a recipient of Extension’s Key Partner award, co-founder of the Michigan Infant-Toddler Research Exchange, and was named as a master leaders in child care research from ChildCare Exchange. Active in infant mental health based initiatives, Dr. Brophy-Herb holds an endorsement from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health as an IMH mentor/research faculty.  Dr. Brophy-Herb’s research, funded by the USDA and the US Administration for Children and Families, reflects collaborations with colleagues from MSU, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Early Head Start/Head Start, and families.

See what Dr. Brophy-Herb and colleagues are doing in the Building Early Emotion Skills Lab or follow her on Twitter @BEES_Lab_MSU.

Dr. Brophy-Herb is not accepting doctoral students for 2020-2021. 


Education: B.A. Psychology, Michigan State University

Areas of Interest: Health Disparities

Koi Mitchell joined the lab in 2019. During undergrad she served as a research assistant in three labs within the social science department at Michigan State University.

Danielle Dalimonte-Merckling, PhD, Research Associate, received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. Her research interests revolve around understanding why children in seemingly similar circumstances vary in their developmental outcomes. With a specific interest in the interplay between biology and environment, her work often focuses on individual differences in environmental sensitivity especially as it relates to variations in child temperament but includes an interest in individual differences more broadly and a variety of questions regarding moderation of effects. Examples of her work can be found in Child Development, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and Early Child Research Quarterly. Dr. Dalimonte-Merckling has served on studies funded by the NIH, USDA, and U.S. ACF with a specific view toward understanding individual differences in who benefits from supports and services and how such differences can inform both future intervention designs and larger policy considerations.

Hailey Cho, MS, Doctoral Candidate: My research interests are child temperament and its compatibility with the surrounding environment (including parenting) for promoting children’s healthy social emotional development. I am particularly interested in the roles of parental mentalization, such as parental mind-mindedness and reflective functioning, in a relation to child temperament and social emotional development.


Kayla Stinson: My research interests include toddler and preschooler social and emotional development, particularly empathy, self-regulation, and recognizing, labeling, and expressing their own emotions. I am also interested in parent-child/adult-child relationships and how parents/adults foster emotional development and growth in children, as well as parenting practices, beliefs about parenting practices, and discipline.



Haiden Perkins, BS, Doctoral CandidateMy research is centered around the development of resilience in adolescence. Specifically, I am interested in adolescents who have experienced trauma and how they recover from those experiences. I look at how those in the immediate environment of an adolescent such as parents and friends influence recovery and development of resilience after a traumatic experience. I want to understand how resilience impacts mental health development in youth, and how those in an adolescents environment impact whether positive or negative mental health symptoms develop. I hope to develop intervention programs that help a broad variety of trauma exposed youth develop resilience, as well as educate those around them on how to support the youth in their life in this effort. 

Simply Dinner Graduate or Post Graduate Research Assistants: Hailey Choi and Jessica Williams

Simply Dinner Research Assistants – Family Processes: Amanda Zimenski, Albina Doko, Pooja Dave

Simply Dinner Post BA Research Assistants Family Processes: Andrew Anderson, Nick Garnett, Elizabeth Crorey, Briana Sholte, Jessica Altenberger

Adults’ Mentalization Behaviors with Infants  Research Assistants: Roxanna Azmoudeh, Savannah Pohl, Jazlyn Wright

Adults’ Mentalization Behaviors with Infants  Research Assistants Post-BA research assistants:  Courtney Accorsi, Genevieve Parkey, Colleen Riley, Ella Patrona, Jessica Altenberger

Adults’ Mentalization Behaviors with Infants  Research Assistants Graduate or Post Graduate Research Assistants:  Haiden Perkins, Kayla Stinson