Margaret Kerr

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
1300 Linden Drive, Room 4109
(608) 890-4654
If we value our children, we must cherish their parents.
– John Bowlby
My work focuses on examining links between attachment, emotions, and stress in the context of parent-child relationships. I am particularly interested in understanding in-the-moment emotional experiences of parents and the impact those experiences have on children. My research explores risk factors that influence how adults perceive and experience parenting, including attachment, relationship quality, and socioeconomic status. My ultimate goal is to promote resiliency in underserved and disadvantaged children through developing and implementing parent-focused interventions that improve parenting sensitivity and relationship quality.
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